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We Are Nemeses: Talking Experimental Comedy

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What happens when two sides of the same coin try to monetise that coin? If you stare long enough into the void & it stares back, is it now an audience for your work? (thanks for the follow void xx!!!) If a tree falls in the forest & there’s no one there to see it, did it even make content??? Honestly so sick of these trees trying to upstage me!! Does it even know what I’ve been through!?

Obsessed with drafting and redrafting a single piece of content over an hour, two performers (not narcissists) invite you on a journey (not a hellscape) of fast-paced surrealist comedy, quips, disintegration, technology and shameless grabs at relevancy.

Following a season as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, join us at the Wheeler Centre for an Auslan-interpreted presentation of Nemeses – the debut show of the newly-formed duo We Are Nemeses, featuring Alistair Baldwin (Get Krack!n, The Weekly, Hard Quiz) and Vidya Rajan (ABC Comedy, Melbourne/Perth Fringe Award Winner, Malthouse Theatre Writer in Residence) – directed by Michelle Brasier (Aunty Donna, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, Double Denim). 

After the show, stay for a panel conversation as the performers are joined by Chloe Alison Escott and host Scott Limbrick to discuss the politics of comedy, and the experimental, hybrid possibilities of the form. How does alternative comedy fit into the Australian comedy landscape? And as the boundaries of what is considered mainstream expand, what exactly is alt-comedy?

Drinks will be available for purchase. The event time includes a 15-minute interval.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Featuring

Vidya Rajan

Vidya Rajan is an award-winning writer for screen and stage, performance-maker and comedian. She has a Masters in Writing (VCA) and has been a recipient of the Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowship, Melbourne Festival’s Director’s Lab Program and Screen Australia’s Developing ... Read more

Alistair Baldwin

Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for ABC’s The Weekly, Get Krack!n, Hard Quiz & At Home Alone Together. Published works include pieces for un. Magazine, Archer, Metro and Black Inc.’s Growing Up Disabled In Australia anth... Read more

Chloe Alison Escott

Chloe Alison Escott is a musician, writer and comedian from Hobart. She made her standup debut in 2004, made her standup debut again in 2009, and then, after finally correcting a decades-long gender error, made her standup debut once more in 2015. Her career highlights that sound best in a short bio... Read more

Scott Limbrick

Scott is a writer and comedian based in Melbourne. He has written and presented for Comedy Central UK and has had filmed projects featured by Funny or Die, Cinefest Oz, FilmInk and MIFF Powershorts. His written work has been shortlisted for the Richell Prize and the Fair Australia Prize and has appe... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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