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Lindsay Tanner


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Comedian Sammy J knows nothing, and he’s the first one to admit it. Politicians know everything,
or so they would have us believe. When unstoppable comedic force meets immovable political object, the result is Sammy J’s Democratic Party, a brand new event that leaves the week behind and kicks off with a drink, a few laughs and a fair old shake of the sauce bottle.

In the past decade, Sammy J has conquered the international comedy scene, winning plaudits at the Melbourne, Adelaide, Jakarta and Edinburgh comedy festivals. He also pops up regularly on the goggle box, on shows like Spicks and Specks, Good News Week and as host of the satirical sketch show Wednesday Night Fever. Best known for his collaborations with Randy the purple puppet, Sammy J’s Democratic Party sees him flying solo as he takes a poll of everyone invited (that’s you) to help him cut the visible strings of our politicians and find out what they really think.

ALP politician turned bestselling author Lindsay Tanner has plenty of opinions on the state of
contemporary politics – he’ll share them, and something of himself, with Sammy J.

Take one ultra skinny, multi-award-winning comedian, add a political figure who may or may not be aware of what they’re getting themselves into, throw in a beverage or two … and stand back and watch the fireworks.


Sammy J

Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer and musician. A proud nerd, he abandoned his law degree to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. You may have seen him on TV, at a festival, or as one half of the man/puppet duo Sammy J & Randy. He is the host of ABC Radio Melbourne Brea... Read more

Lindsay Tanner

Lindsay Tanner was the minister for finance and deregulation in the Rudd-Gillard governments, and held the seat of Melbourne for the ALP from 1993 to 2010. Having retired from politics at the 2010 federal election, he is now a special adviser to Lazard Australia, and is a vice-chancellor’s fel... Read more


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