Her essays and poems were already earning accolades from Rookie readers, but writer Jenny Zhang thought she was being catfished when Lena Dunham tweeted to say she loved her work. She wasn’t.
Dunham – the real Dunham – wanted Zhang to write the first book published by her new Random House imprint. The result, 2017’s Sour Heart, is a…
This Alien Nation
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Clicks vs Tix
In 2018, what defines a globally successful comedian? A sold-out festival show? An Edinburgh Comedy Award? A Barry Award? Millions of YouTube hits? A chart-topping podcast? A Netflix special?
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Jeez Louise: #MeToo
Jeez Louise began in Melbourne in 2002 out of a necessity in the comedy industry to hear more stories and laughs from the perspective of women. But we keep learning the same things and having the same discussions. It’s 2018, and we’re done with talking about whether women are as funny as men: we know the answer. For those who…
Most autobiographies unfold in chronological order – starting in childhood and following the author through adolescence into adulthood. But the new book from Matt Lucas is called Little Me: My Story from A to Z. An alphabetically organised memoir would be an unusual move for most writers, but it’s a typical one for Lucas, who has built his comedy…
The Wheeler Centre
The Show of the Year 2017
2017: it's been thrilling; it's been terrible; it's been … a rocky ride.
At the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year, we brought together a stellar line-up of comedians, musicians, writers and raconteurs to remember the year that was.
The cast of the 2017 Show of the Year on stage at the Athenaeum — Photo: Sophie Quick
2017 didn't always treat us right (nuclear war threats, postal surveys, The Mummy) but it had its charming moments (BBC Dad, Beyoncé’s twins). The year crept up on us fast; we sent it packing in style.
There was plenty of material for performers to choose from, and this episode brings together highlights from the show for your listening pleasure.
Note: This audio contains some strong language.
Dave Arden performing at the Show of the Year 2017 — Photo: Sophie Quick
Isabel Angus on stage at the Show of the Year 2017 — Photo: Sophie Quick
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