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’re bringing together a stellar line-up of comedians, musicians, writers and raconteurs to remember the year that was.
What happened in 2017? Well, President Donald Trump danced at the Inaugural Ball, Wonder Woman kicked arse and Prince Philip…
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 –…
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A Celebration of John Clarke
On Sunday 2 July, crowds filled the Melbourne Town Hall to pay tribute – and share in the humour of – the late satirist John Clarke. Here, we're sharing photos and a full audio recording of the event, as well as a rundown of the evening's programme.In this episode
Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Welcome to Country.
A few words on John.
Brian Dawe — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Thank you, welcome, and a little bit about the programme for the evening.
Lorin Clarke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Seamus Heaney’s ‘Post Script’.
An excerpt from ‘Quiz Answers’, a series printed in the Age and on John’s website.
On working with John Clarke.
On working with John as an editor. Ended with John reading from The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse (CD).
Reading from John’s latest collection of little stories, ‘Commonplace’, in Meanjin.
Reading from John’s book, The Tournament.
Wendy Harmer — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Martin Flanagan — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Reading her own poem, ‘John John Morrison Morrison’, heavily influenced by A. A. Milne, whom John believed to be heavily influenced by Australian poet RACV Milne (and whose work, discovered by John, is here).
On John and golf, frisbee, diving, and Shane’s cameo role in Stiff and The Brush Off.
Reading Part III of Auden’s ‘In Memory of W.B. Yeats’.
Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, Paul Dempsey, and Jeremy Smith
Singing Meet Me in the Middle of the Air, by Paul Kelly.
Reading Anthony Cronin’s ‘For a Father’.
Andrew Denton — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Reading ‘Frustration’ and ‘Comment’ by Dorothy Parker.
Reading ‘A Child’s Christmas in Warrnambool’ from John’s book, The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse.
Reading extracts from Flann O’Brien's column in The Irish Times.
On bird-watching. Ended with Callimachus's poem, 'Heraclitus'.
John Wolseley — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Kaz Cooke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)Related reading 15 Apr 2017 Note Remembering John Clarke / Life &…
A Celebration of John Clarke
On Sunday 2 July, crowds filled the Melbourne Town Hall to pay tribute – and share in the humour of – the late satirist John Clarke. Here, we're sharing photos and a full audio recording of the event, as well as a rundown of the evening's programme.
American Misadventure with Nathan Hill
Critics have likened him to John Irving; Irving has likened him to Charles Dickens; and Dickens, though very much dead, might have appreciated the humour, heart and panoramic scope of his work. Nathan Hill is the American writer of the moment.
His debut novel, The Nix, is a sprawling, postmodern social satire that skewers contemporary American politics, media and academia…
Armando Iannucci in Conversation with Annabel Crabb
Armando Iannucci is the brilliant comedic mind behind Veep’s Selina Meyer, The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker and, in collaboration with Chris Morris on The Day Today, the irrepressible Alan Partridge. If you’re familiar with Iannucci’s work, you’ll know he’s also responsible for some of the most inventive swearing and bizarre black comedy ever broadcast in TV history.
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