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Something Trumpy with Political Asylum


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If comedy thrives on the absurd, politicians are a gift to comedians and the laughter-prone folk who follow them. So where do politics addicts go to blow off steam? For one, Political Asylum – a Melbourne regular, devoted to finding the funny in the often funereal march of policy, debate and blunder.

And they’re sending all of their best people to join us at the Toff this July. Stand-up comic and writer Toby Halligan will host an event that offers you the chance to cackle bigly at the funnier side of America’s ruling cadre. Each comedian – and believe me, they’re tremendous people – will be given visual cues as prompts (we think there may be videos – the FBI is investigating). Are attacks on Trump a total hit job, or is he really a bad (or sick) guy? Should we, as many people in the street have suggested, simply be nice?

Only one thing’s clear. If you just can’t stop thinking about alternative facts, ‘wire tapping’ or some particularly salty kompromat, you’d better grab your ticket – don’t even wait. It should be EASY D! And missing out would be your worst call by far.

With Mathew Kenneally, Isabel Angus, Claire Hooper, Demi Lardner and Gerard McCulloch.

Presented in partnership with The Toff in Town.


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

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

Isabel Angus

Isabel Angus is a multi-award winning writer and performer who has written and performed productions in a range of festivals around Australia. Isabel has been one half of theatrical comedy duo Isabel and Rachel, whose previous works include Isabel and Rachel’s EDGE!, which claimed various accola... 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

Demi Lardner

Demi has been doing stand-up since she was 16, and in a few short years has scored handfuls of awards – performing her unique brand of funny around the country and abroad. In 2013, she won the RAW Comedy Competition and tied for first place in the national final of So You Think You’re Funny?... Read more


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