Harry Who? The True Heroes of Hogwarts
Remember the world before June 1997? If you can't, don't worry; you didn't miss much. The world was a dull, uninspired, basically pointless place. Nobody had ever heard of quidditch or boggarts or kneazles. Hardly anybody even knew how to pronounce 'Hermione'.
Luckily, J.K. Rowling stepped up and fixed everything. By imagining the incredible world of Hogwarts and writing the…
Binge, Whinge, Cringe: Does Australian Culture Even Exist?
For years, Australian culture has suffered from cultural cringe: the fear that anything foreign-made is automatically better than Australian-made films, TV shows and books. This phenomenon has been exacerbated by the fact that, by and large, the fear has been very well founded. Luckily, however, in so many walks of life – from film to visual art to music –…
What do the Oscar Wilde, Snoop Dogg, Kaz Cooke, BuzzFeed writers and your grandpa have in common? The love of puns!
Last year’s Pundemonium was tense, but now that’s past … ahem … it’s time to present another. This time, we invite six of our punniest friends to The Toff in Town to unleash their most gasp-inducing, groan-generating and perhaps even…
John Clarke: A Celebration
CLARKE, John, Dip Lid, PhD in Cattle (Oxen). Advisor and comforter to various governments. Born 1948. Educ. subsequently. Travelled extensively throughout Holy Lands, then left New Zealand for Europe. Stationed in London 1971–73. Escaped (decorated). Rejoined unit. Arrived Australia 1977. Held positions with ABC radio (Sckd), ABC Television (Dfnct), Various newspapers (Dcd), and Aust Film Industry (Fkd). Currently a…
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Laughing Matters: Comedy and Free Speech in India
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Daniel Fernandes, Neeti Palta and Sapan Verma
‘This is EIC Outrage, where we talk about issues … and hope to not get assassinated’. That’s how comedian Sapan Verma chose to introduce one episode of his popular Outrage East India Comedy YouTube series.
India’s comedy scene is currently enjoying a moment; it’s a space of seemingly unpoliced free expression within a conservative culture and an environment of tightening media censorship. Stand-up comedy is where many of the sharpest Indian voices are commenting on social issues as they find humour in subjects as diverse as Bollywood, terrorism, Tinder, feminism, international cricket, youth suicide and Game of Thrones.
As part of the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, some of the brightest stars of Indian comedy, including Daniel Fernandes, Neeti Palta and Sapan Verma, performed in Australia. In this panel discussion, the three talk stand-up, censorship and how comedy might change the world with Bhakthi Puvanenthiran.
Offensive Charms: An Armando Iannucci Radio Primer
In the shadow of TV and film achievements such as Veep, The Thick of It and In the Loop – and his crucial role in some of the most biting British satires of the past two decades – Armando Iannucci’s radio work has perhaps been easier to miss. Radio…
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