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…

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…

FILM REVIEW: ROCK N’ROLL

  Rock’ n Roll is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The same can also be said about the film’s star, writer and director, Guillaume Canet. The result is an uneven French comedy and a satire that examines the worst of Hollywood and show business ego, and while it deserves points for originality, the script requires…

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…

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…

THEATRE REVIEW: ATLANTIS @ BELVOIR THEATRE (01.11.2017)

To some people, “Atlantis” is a utopian city lost underneath a wall of water. For Lally Katz it’s a semi-autobiographical play about her mid-30s trip home to America as a newly-single girl. The results are like Bridget Jones played by Kathy Lette. With a panther thrown into the mix. Because you can. Katz is no stranger to…

FILM REVIEW: ASK THE SEXPERT

  You may not be familiar with the name, Dr. Mahinder Watsa but to many people he could be “Dr Love.” This nonagenarian is a former gynaecologist turned sexologist and author of a daily column in the Mumbai Mirror. Ask The Sexpert is an intimate portrait of this charming, progressive and wise old man who will leave people thinking…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  The Law family have returned bigger and brighter than ever. That dysfunctional band of Chinese-Australians based on writer, Benjamin Law’s actual family and chronicled in his 2010 memoir of the same name are up to some of their usual hijinks. The second season of The Family Law picks up where the first one left off…

DVD REVIEW: GLEASON

  Steve Gleason is a former NFL player from the New Orleans Saints. But in the film Gleason he shows the strength and steely resolve of a prize fighter. The film is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about his diagnosis of motor neurone or Lou Gehrig’s disease (or the illness that inspired the internet’s ice bucket challenge)….