FILM REVIEW: TEA WITH THE DAMES

  There are some viewers who might dismiss Tea With The Dames as “Anecdotage by those in their dotage.” But they’d be wrong. This documentary starring four great dames of the British stage and screen is a fascinating look at some brilliant careers and a revealing look into their respective personalities. There’s also lots of gossip and…

COMEDY REVIEW: SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA @ ENMORE THEATRE

  The Sydney Comedy Festival turns 18 this year and is officially an “adult” in comedy terms, according to one Jerry Seinfeld. So no surprises that the Enmore Theatre’s all-star gala included lots of grownup themes and occasional coarse language. MC Harley Breen helmed what was a great taster of a show featuring 15 other local and…

BOOK REVIEW: MIDAS DEKKERS – THE STORY OF SHIT

  We all do it. But most of us don’t talk about it. What I’m writing about is defecation or shitting. Dutch biologist, Midas Dekkers knows all about this. He has put together his own utterly unique, bizarre and interesting take on this universal-yet-taboo topic. Dekkers is no stranger to writing about left-field and contentious subjects. He…

DVD REVIEW: DUCKMAN – THE COMPLETE SERIES SEASONS 1-4

  Duckman is a cartoon schlub who isn’t your average duck. Or man. He’s a funny, angry and crude cat who is a single Dad and rubbish private investigator who is routinely saved by his loyal sidekick. Duckman is no superhero but he certainly has a smart and irreverent take on the world and walks to…

BOOK REVIEW: BETOOTA’S AUSTRALIA

  When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all about this so they’ve written Betoota’s Australia – A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australia’s Oldest Newspaper (although in truth, it’s actually by…

BOOK REVIEW: MCSWEENEY’S ISSUE 50- EDITED BY DAVE EGGERS

  The McSweeney’s literary journal should come with a disclaimer like: “Expect the unexpected.” This quirky, quarterly journal is celebrating a milestone with its 50th edition. For the past 20 years this volume – which was founded by American author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) – has published new and edgy writers alongside established…

BOOK REVIEW: HANNAH JEWELL – 100 NASTY WOMEN OF HISTORY

  Hannah Jewell is a former BuzzFeed writer you might know from such viral articles as 12 Historical Women Who Gave No F**ks and 14 Badass Historical Women to Name your Daughters After. These days, Jewell is a pop culture journalist at the Washington Post and the author of a debut book titled, 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless…

FILM REVIEW: JUST TO BE SURE (ÔTEZ-MOI D’UN DOUTE)

  Just To Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d’un doute) is a French comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It deals with some important and weighty issues like: family, identity and roots but handles these in a quirky and funny way. What could have been a self-proclaimed neo-Greek tragedy actually turns out to be a fun and…

BOOK REVIEW: JOHN BIRMINGHAM – STRANGER THINGIES

John Birmingham is a satirist, newspaper columnist, writer and blogger. He’s also a man who knows how to find the funny in most situations. The cover of his latest book, Stranger Thingies sees comedian, Wil Anderson going so far as to say that if laughter is the best medicine then he’s claiming Birmingham’s book on Medicare. Stranger Thingies draws…