COMEDY REVIEW: THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE ROADSHOW @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

  Most people wouldn’t know how to take a newspaper out on the road. But Clancy Overell and Errol Parker aren’t like most. These two, true blue Aussie blokes are the brainchild behind Australia’s favourite satirical newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. It’s one that shares a few things in common with The Chaser, The Shovel and The Onion. The Betoota Roadshow was a celebration of the…

COMEDY REVIEW: JUST FOR LAUGHS ALL-STAR GALA @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

  Ten comedians walk into the Opera House. They deliver some cracking jokes. Hilarity ensues. Rinse and repeat. This is how you could sum up the 8th Just for Laughs All-Star Gala. Local and international comics came together to deliver some wonderful observational and improvisational comedy. Our nation’s very own Dave Hughes was MC for the night. His dry…

LIVE REVIEW: NEW WORLDS FEATURING BILL MURRAY, JAN VOGLER & FRIENDS

  Bill Murray and Jan Vogler could be the odd couple except that that name was already taken. Okay, “odd” is probably too strong a word. An unlikely pairing seems more appropriate because Murray is a Hollywood actor, comedian and occasional bartender, and Vogler a world-renown cellist. New Worlds saw both men making their Sydney Opera House debuts and this…

THEATRE REVIEW: CANDIDE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Photo credit: Grant Leslie For years people have been perplexed by Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Is it an operetta? A comedy? Musical theatre? A little of all of the above? Perhaps the safest description is that of “comic operetta,” where the draw-card is some dynamic and electric music. Mitchell Butel directs this latest production, which coincides with what would have been Bernstein’s…

FILM REVIEW: JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN

  Johnny English Strikes Again is the third film in this popular franchise. This latest spy spoof follows its predecessors in once again offering audiences a funny romp with an unlikely secret agent. There are predictable scrapes and outrageous hijinks but one thing’s for certain, you are in for a fun ride. David Kerr directs this film,…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The Wharf Revue have been proudly entertaining audiences by skewering politicians since 2000. This year’s instalment was the troupe’s first without co-founder and musical director, Phil Scott, but the show remained strong and funny. The opening night at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre was a rollicking one with a vaudeville feel that hit some really high notes….

FILM REVIEW: BOOK CLUB

  You can imagine the meeting. “We need a film for the grey-dollar à la Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “How about a story involving a book club? Older women like those.” “Sure, but let’s make it into a rom-com.” “We need to include sex because that sells.” “But they might be a bit old for Sex In…

BOOK REVIEW: ADAM HILLS – BEST FOOT FORWARD

  Adam Hills is the nicest guy in comedy. Thanks to his memoir, Best Foot Forward, he can also claim to be a “top bloke” in the world of publishing. In this book he reflects on both his personal life and his career, offering up lots of funny anecdotes and inspirational stories. As with his stand-up, it’s hard…

DIGITAL REVIEW: BIRTHMARKED

The debate over nature versus nurture has long been an important one. The best piece of art to explore this issue was undoubtedly Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. The same cannot be said about the dark comedy, Birthmarked. This film is one that feels as though it is half-cooked on the petri dish….

THEATRE REVIEW: SLEEPING BEAUTY- A KNIGHT AVENGER’S TALE

  Audiences love an enchanted fairy-tale and Sleeping Beauty is no exception. Bonnie Lythgoe Productions are presenting their fifth Australian pantomime, Sleeping Beauty- A Knight Avenger’s Tale at Sydney’s State Theatre for a limited season. This is one fun and entertaining show, which uses a fine mix of music and magical pixie dust to deliver on its promise to…