On any given day, Australian politics is a colourful pond filled with goofs and gaffes, exaggerations and fabrications – and a frothy river of hot takes flows beside it. However, whether by tweet or by broadsheet, the voice of the keyboard warrior in the wild is a truly rare thing. Until now.
For the first time in Melbourne, Nailed It! brings comedians, journalists, politicians, broadcasters and authors together for polemic with a spin. How do these people – many of them professionally engaged in the grind of politics – deal with adopting different characters, voices and positions than their own, in order to engage in manipulative political point-scoring?
Hysterical, heartfelt or simply heinous, we promise you’ll hear something unexpected from each speaker. Host James Colley will introduce Dee Fidge, Jess McGuire, First Dog on the Moon, Nayuka Gorrie and Lucy Valentine as they present feelpinions and think-pieces live at The Toff in Town. So. Much. This.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Presented in partnership with The Toff in Town.
James Colley is a Young Walkley nominated satirist, a writer on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, researcher on Gruen and head writer of SBS Comedy's The Backburner. He's performed at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas and National Young Writers Festival. Columnist Andrew Bolt describes Colley's work as 'utterly unfunny'.
Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance and comedy television writer. Their writing centres on black, feminist and queer politics. They co-wrote and performed in the upcoming third season of Black Comedy.
Deirdre Fidge is a writer and social worker whose work has been featured in Daily Life, SBS, ABC, Crikey and Junkee. She also authored a chapter in Doing It, an anthology of sex-positive stories written by women available through UQP. Dee's career highlight to date is being retweeted by John Stamos.
Jess McGuire is a writer, broadcaster, MC, film reviewer, trivia host and DJ based in Melbourne. She can be heard each week talking about music documentaries with Myf Warhurst on Double J, and discussing a variety of topics with Raf Epstein on 774 ABC Melbourne's Drive program. For many years, she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia, and was a former co-host on Triple R’s Breakfasters.
First Dog on the Moon is the internationally renowned, Walkley Award-winning and also very humble cartoonist for the Guardian Australia. First Dog's latest collection, A Treasury of Cartoons, has just been released and is really quite good.
Lucy Valentine is a Melbourne based comedy writer and enemy of the state. She writes regularly for SBS Comedy and co-hosts the Boonta Vista Socialist Club podcast.