The Wheeler Centre at The Toff
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Forget bitcoin: the currency of the future is the hot take. Like the overalled gold prospector of the past, the opinion columnist of today mines content as if from thin air – emerging with that most coveted nugget: clickbait.
As the ultimate experiment in dragging pageviews offline, Nailed It! assembles Australia’s finest comedians, journalists and everything in between – and copy/pastes them onto a pulpit from which to bluster, bully and BS. Forget sincerity or nuance; how will each speaker suppress their most deeply held convictions, and give their all to serving up the most shareable content?
Host James Colley introduces Zoë Coombs Marr, Dee Fidge, Roj Amedi, Clementine Ford and Aaron Gocs as they give voice to their most unexpected thought bubbles – all with the steady compass of a columnist ten minutes shy of deadline. Don’t read the comments.
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'.
Zoë Coombs Marr is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. She is one-third of theatre company Post, whose work includes Oedipus Schmoedipus, presented at Belvoir for Sydney Festival 2014. The voice of ABC2, Zoe is a regular panel member on Dirty Laundry Live, and has also been seen on ABC’s The Chaser’s Media Circus, How Not To Behave, Backseat Drivers, and Live at Bella Union (SBS). Her breakout solo theatre/comedy work And That Was the Summer That Changed My Life was nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer and awarded the Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award.
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.
Roj Amedi is a Senior Human Rights Campaigner at GetUp! as well as a writer and editor. She was the guest editor of issue #38 of Acclaim and formerly the editor of culture and design magazine, Neue Luxury. Roj has written for the Saturday Paper, SBS, Vault, Swampland and Meanjin, amongst others.
Aaron Gocs is a stand-up comedian.
Clementine Ford is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and feminist thinker. She is a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life and is a regular contributor to the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Through her twice-weekly columns for Daily Life, Clementine explores issues of gender inequality and pop culture. Fight Like a Girl is her first book.
This July, we’re throwing sass at winter, stepping out and hitting the town.
While our own performance space undergoes a casual makeover, The Toff in Town will become the Wheeler Centre’s home away from home, as we slip down Swanston Street to take up residence with a mini-programme of events – held alongside drink specials and signature cocktails – in the heart of Curtin House.
Come and find us at the bar; you’ll find favourites from our regular series, a couple of special events and atmosphere in spades.