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Between Two Forms: Comedy Online and on TV


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Pay, free-to-air or free to everywhere?

Comedy on screen – like the rest of TV – has been split across a wide variety of creative and commercial contexts. The contemporary humorist can be found anywhere between webisodes and episodes,  sitcoms and skitcoms, sketches and stand-up videos – or in writers’ rooms and editing suites. Couch potato comedy fans have never had it better.

With the door wide open to DIY filmmakers – and a now-familiar path from YouTube to network TV (or online video giants like Netflix) – we’ll investigate what distinguishes online comedy from its more mature ancestors. Is it necessarily edgier, more transgressive and more risqué … and are we disappointed when it isn’t? What are the rules, who’s in control and how are stars – and cash – made? 

Explore the idioms of the idiot box with host Adam Zwar and guests including The Katering Show’s Kate McCartney and Two Refugees and a Blonde’s Osamah Sami.



Adam Zwar

Adam Zwar is a multi award-winning actor, writer and producer. He is best known for co-creating and starring in the Australian comedy series Lowdown (ABC, BBC4) and Wilfred (SBS), which was formatted in Russia and the US. More recently, Adam created the popular Agony se... Read more

Osamah Sami

Osamah Sami is a failed cricketer and a struggling Muslim. As a writer, he has completed two feature films (Ali’s Wedding – a Muslim romantic comedy based on his book Good Muslim Boy, and Be Less Beautiful, filming in 2016). He has also written a vague number of plays; co‐created a d... Read more

Kate McCartney

Kate McCartney is a writer/director, illustrator, animator and performer. Her work as a comedy performer and writer has featured in Big Bite, Hamish and Andy and Time Of Our Lives. Kate was a senior writer for Sam Simmons’ Problems, and further writing credits include Adam Hills Tonight, Dir... Read more

Julie Eckersley

Julie is a creative producer with over 20 years experience in the industry. She originally trained as an actress and has worked nationally and internationally on stage and screen, winning numerous awards. Julie currently works as a producer at Matchbox Pictures. She has produced documentary series A... Read more


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