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Election Special: Stand-Up … and Be Counted

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Do you feel anxiety and dread when you think of the looming election? Do you feel sick at the thought of the beckoning ballot box? Then join us for a night of comedy designed to cure even the worst cases of electoral dysfunction.

Comedian and writer Toby Halligan will host a bunch of Australia’s sharpest political comics as they pull apart the bizarre, the absurd, the dismaying and the disastrous antics of Canberra’s finest. They’ll be talking policy, strategy, oratory, zingers, stunts and blunders from the campaign trail and no party or politician will be safe.

Let us take care of you during caretaker mode. Join us for a night of comic relief.

Presented in partnership with Political Asylum.

Featuring

Toby Halligan

Toby Halligan writes for Channel 10’s The Project and SBS’s Legally Brown, and has appeared on ABC’s Strictly Speaking. His debut comedy show, Electile Dysfunction, was nominated for the best newcomer award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and he ... Read more

Nazeem Hussain

Nazeem Hussain is the star of his own critically-acclaimed TV show, Legally Brown, which aired on SBS. The show broke ground with its boundary-pushing content, received wide spread critical acclaim and was nominated for Most Outstanding Comedy at the 2015 Logie Awards. Nazeem is also well ... Read more

Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper started on the stage – crafting engaging, innovative live shows that blended stand-up, theatre and some hammer dancing. Her 2006 show, Oh, earned her both critical acclaim and a nomination for the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer award. A born storyteller with a sharp wit,... Read more

Sammy J

Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer, and songbird.

From Melbourne to Edinburgh, he has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and inventive performers on the international comedy scene.

Zoë Coombs Marr

Zoë Coombs Marr is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. She grew up in Grafton, where she and her best friend staged a musical instead of going to schoolies week.  Zoë has performed stand up comedy extensively in Australia, London and New York. Her solo show, Trigger Warning, won the 2016 Me... Read more

Aamer Rahman

Aamer Rahman is an Australian comedian whose work covers politics, race relations, and the War on Terror. He has performed sold-out shows at some of the world’s largest festivals including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe.  Rahman’s work has been covered... Read more

Mathew Kenneally

Mathew Kenneally is a stand up and political satirist. He is the founder and producer of the monthly comedy room Political Asylum. He moonlights as a lawyer and political columnist. Occasionally he muses on the AFL, just to prove he really is Victorian. His work has featured in NewMatilda, The Month... Read more

Gerard McCulloch

Gerard McCulloch is head writer for the ABC’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, having previously written for The Project, Dirty Laundry Live, Rove and more. Onstage, he’s earned a Best Newcomer and a Barry Award nomination at Melbourne’s comedy festival, a Melbourne Fringe Comedy Award, ... Read more

Denise Scott

Denise Scott first started working as a professional actor and comedian nearly thirty years ago, but it has been in the last six years that she has been selling out theatres, scoring herself a regular gigs on high rating national television shows and seeing her two books creep towards bestseller sta... Read more

Location

Athenaeum Theatre

188 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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