Invasion of the Pod People
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Stop Everything! is the ABC pop-culture podcast that's become a phenomenon in its own right. In addictive weekly episodes, co-hosts Beverley Wang and Benjamin Law press pause on the zipping zeitgeist to turn a critical eye on the big moments in culture and entertainment: from Get Krack!n to the Met Gala to the Game of Thrones finale.
In September, they’ll join us for a live recording of the show devoted especially to the theme of pop-culture confessions. With guests Joel Creasey and Lawrence Leung, Beverley and Benjamin will divulge their surprising and possibly disgusting guilty pop-culture pleasures.
You’re invited to share yours, too. Blind Date? Father Brown? Top Gear? Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club? It’s a safe space (you absolute monster) so disclose your true trash entertainment loves and enjoy the greasy collective embrace of your fellow filthbags.
Divulge your pop-culture guilty pleasures (anonymously or not) via our online form here – or arrive early to disclose your disgrace in our dedicated confession booth on the night.
Drinks available for purchase at the event.
Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. He’s the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards – and the Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools, Moral Panic 101 (2017).
He also created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, and his sold-out debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) ran February–March 2020.
Beverley Wang is a journalist, broadcaster and creator of the ABC podcast It’s Not A Race, which has been hailed as a ground-breaking series opening up conversations on race in Australia. She is also the producer and co-host of Stop Everything! on ABC RN, focusing on the politics of pop culture.
Lawrence is an award winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter and documentary-maker. He created the ABC1 comedy shows Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable and the AFI Award-nominated Choose Your Own Adventure and co-wrote and starred in ABC2's action/comedy series Maximum Choppage. Recently, he wrote an episode of The Family Law (SBS2) and played a sleazy nerd in Jane Campion's Top of the Lake.
Joel Creasey is one of Australia’s most-popular, acclaimed and charmingly controversial stand-up comedians.
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