93 – Ronny Chieng

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Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng is back in Australia at the moment and gave me some of his time to talk about a whole many things. We covered offence, racism, interviewing white supremacists, freedom of speech, outrage, satire in the age of Trump and his conservative upbringing and disposition.

Oh, and my Nazi haircut. Apparently.

Apologies for the slightly not great audio quality on this one. Persevere, please: it’s worth it. It’s Ronny Chieng, for God’s sake.

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

Problematic is coming to Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne

@ronnychieng

The Daily Show on Comedy Central

Ronny dismantles Fox News’ stupidly racist “Chinatown” report

Make America Hate Again – Ronny’s undecided voters piece

Cause of the Week: The CNN Freedom Project (cnn.com/freedom

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Problematic 2017

BAL_PROBLEMATIC

My 2017 stand up show is called Problematic.

It’s a funny show about whether anything can be funny anymore.

I’d bloody love you to come along to it. Please? Thanks.

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PERTH (WORK IN PROGRESS): TUESDAY JAN 31st – SUNDAY FEB 5th @ LAKSA LOUNGE, NOODLE PALACE

All tickets $26, available here. Please note this is a WORK IN PROGRESS; there will be notes, pauses and mistakes. But also the thrill of seeing something piping hot and fresh and emerge from a cocoon as a beautiful butterfly.

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ADELAIDE: FRIDAY FEB 17th  SUNDAY 26th (9 SHOWS) @ THE CORONA THEATRE, THE GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS

8:15pm. Tickets from $27 – $35, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted Wednesday 22nd.

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HOBART: WEDNESDAY MARCH 15th @ THE SPIEGELTENT (ONE SHOW ONLY) 

For Hobart’s Ten Days On The Island. 7pm.

Full $38, Concession $30. Tickets available here.

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BRISBANE: TUESDAY MARCH 21st – SUNDAY 26th (6 SHOWS) @ THE VISY THEATRE 

8:15pm (7pm Sunday). Tickets from $25 – $35, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted Wednesday 22nd.

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MELBOURNE: THURSDAY MARCH 30th – SUNDAY APRIL 23rd @ THE SUPPER ROOM, MELBOURNE TOWN HALL 

7pm (6pm Sundays). Tickets from $24 – $34, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted Wednesday 12th April.

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SYDNEY: THURSDAY MAY 4th – SUNDAY MAY 7th @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE 

9:30pm (8:30pm Sunday). Tickets $27, available here.

 

 

Boundless Plains To Share 2017

TB_BPTS_A3_PosterI’m touring my comedy lecture about Australia’s treatment of refugees around the country in 2017.

The show was created with the help of the Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Grant and was nominated for the Barry Award at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Guardian Australia liked it very much indeed. I hope you will too.

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SYDNEY: JAN 13th – 15th (4 SHOWS ONLY) @ BELVOIR THEATRE 

Tickets from $25 – $49, available here.

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PERTH: FEB 4th & 5th (2 SHOWS ONLY) @ HEATH LEDGER THEATRE

5:30pm. Tickets from $31, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted on Sunday Feb 5th.

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ADELAIDE: FEB 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th (4 SHOWS ONLY) @ TANDANYA THEATRE  

4:30pm. Full $32, Concession $25. Tickets available here.

AUSLAN interpreted on Sunday Feb 26th.

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BRISBANE: SAT MARCH 25th & SUN 26th (2 SHOWS ONLY) @ ITHACA AUDITORIUM, BRISBANE CITY HALL

4:15pm. Full price $32, Concession $25. Tickets available here.

AUSLAN interpreted on Sunday March 26th.

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MELBOURNE: SAT APRIL 15th & SAT APRIL 22nd (2 SHOWS ONLY) @ THE COMEDY THEATRE 

5:00pm. Tickets $24 – $32. Tickets available here.

AUSLAN interpreted on Saturday 15th.

41 – Ali Hogg

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Activist Ali Hogg is the Victorian convenor of national marriage equality campaign Equal Love. She’s proudly radically progressive and she’s been leading the call for same-sex marriage in Australia for over a decade.

In this chat Ali talked me through her progressive upbringing, her personal experiences with homophobia, the Socialist Alternative, the next steps in the equal marriage debate, the ethics of protest and that time she charged into a restaurant on Lygon Street to confront former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

My 2016 show The World Keeps Happening touring to Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne 

ChilOut Sydney fundraiser at Giant Dwarf Theatre

@alihogg99

The Socialist Alternative

Students stage a protest during Q&A

Article: Abbott not gay about dinner ambush

triple j says It Gets Better

Cause of the Week: Equal Love (equallove.info

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40 – David Marr (Part Two)

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David Marr is a self-described “bourgeois do-gooder”. He’s written for Fairfax Media, The MonthlyThe Saturday Paper and Guardian Australia, appeared on Q&AThe Drum and Insiders and is the author of multiple in-depth profiles for the Quarterly Essay.

In this second part of our chat, I ask David to outline the complex and bleak politics surrounding our policies towards refugees. Why are we so terrified of the boats? Why do our politicians stoke those fears? Is there any possibility of a solution?

Part One of my conversation with David

A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas

My 2016 stand-up show The World Keeps Happening at the Brisbane Comedy Festival

Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson 

Cause of the Week: Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org)

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WATCH: Fully Furnished

 

Behold! The web series pilot that Tommy Dassalo and I have been working on for the past 7 or so months.

It is our Chinese Democracy.

We think it’s dumb and funny and original and I’d love you to watch it and maybe even share it amongst your friends and loved ones if you get the chance.

If you’d like to get more of an insight into our DEEP AND INVOLVED CREATIVE PROCESS, jump on over to the SBS Comedy website here.

My Top 10 Tracks Of 2014

Seems everyone is talking about the #Hottest100

 

 

I can’t believe those people were in the room at the SAME TIME?!?!?!?!

See what you make of my favourite tunes of the year (here in no particular order) and then get voting yourself on the triple j website here.

 

Jungle – Busy Earnin’ 

Undeniable banger, awesome film clip, was used in the promos for Broad City – what else do ya want???

 

The Kite String Tangle – Arcadia 

Given The Chance was so damn catchy and striking, KTST had a lot to live up to, and I reckon he totally nailed it with this pop gem. This bittersweet love song about people trying and giving up gives me chills every time I hear it.

 

Robert Plant – Rainbow 

You know how there are some legacy acts out there that you see every now and again and you think “Oh that’s nice to see him/her because s/he is still around and s/he is a musical legend and their older music means a lot to me but I can’t imagine they’re STILL writing good songs?”

That’s what I thought when I saw Robert Plant on The Colbert Report earlier this year. And then he played this. And yes, it’s kind of cheesey hippy love-rock, but fuck it – that’s right up my alley.

 

Against Me! – FUCKMYLIFE666

A great song in its own right, but framed by the story of Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of a power-punk band that bravely and proudly came out as transgender, then released a corker of an album in Transgender Dysphoria Blues, it becomes seminal. I love the feeling of a song hitting you full in the face, stirring something deep inside you as you slowly realise that truly, you’re listening to an ANTHEM.

No more troubled sleep, there’s a brave new world that’s raging inside of me!

 

 

Courtney Barnett – Bein’ Around

A perfect cover of a perfect song.

 

Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

#SorryNotSorry

 

Snakehips – Days With You (Feat. Sinead Harnett)

CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON. Straight up.

 

Sun Kil Moon – I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love 

Benji is my favourite album of the year, even though it took my heart and jumped on it and wrenched it out and shot it and sliced and diced it over and over. This gorgeously simple folk tribute from a son to his mother makes me cry and even more thankful for the women in my life.

 

Phantogram – Fall In Love 

There’s so much going on in this and I’m happy about all of it. I must have listened to this at least 100 times now and every time I do, I find something new. It’s dense, interesting and confronting pop that still manages to be a bunch of fun and convey the sporadic euphoria and darkness of falling for someone.

 

Kimbra – 90s music

Nothing gives me a music-stiffy quicker than an artist making a statement and presenting the world with their singular, uncompromised vision. Kimbra just doesn’t give a fuck: she makes the demented pop she wants to make and presents it with gusto. I just love her, I loved her record, I loved her performing this on Letterman and yes, I love 90s music (and listening to it erry day). \m/ 

It’s A Date

 

I was lucky enough to do an episode of Peter Helliar‘s It’s A Date with my lovely friend Joel Creasey. You can check it out on ABC iView here.

And just to show that we can all have a laff, here are some blooooooperz:

 

Reality Check

Hey mum (and other people who read this) – I got a TV show!

Come August I’ll be lucky enough to be working with ABC TV and the great folks at CJZ TV to bring you REALITY CHECK, a panel show about the ins and outs of reality television.

More details to come, but for now here’s the fancy press release including a cheeky quote that displays my trademark irreverent humour:

Lifting the lid on the juggernaut that is ‘Reality TV’ to give viewers a look inside is Reality Check, ABC’s new 8 x 30 minute studio entertainment series.

We may froth about Game Of Thrones and True Detectives, but for all the social media noise, those shows are not what the public is really watching. No. They’re glued to ordinary people competing for TV prizes, for the promise of love, fame, riches, a new career, a different life…

Hosted by comedian Tom Ballard and co-produced by CJZ and ABC TV, Reality Check will explore the reality of ‘Reality TV’.

Joining Tom each week will be three industry experts who will give viewers an insider take on the world’s most-watched TV genre. From producers to ex-contestants and judges, the panellists will give us their war stories and reveal what happens behind the camera.

“I couldn’t be happier that CJZ and the ABC TV accidentally came across my audition tape for Australia’s Next Top Model and decided to give me this job,” said host Tom Ballard. “I’m looking forward to celebrating and laughing at the inner workings of this cultural phenomenon. I’m also excited to be able to finally count live-tweeting The Voice: Kids as ‘work’ and to claim all my Justice Crew merch on tax.”

“Reality is TV’s 800 pound gorilla,” says ABC Head of Entertainment Jon Casimir. “It’s the most successful cultural force of the last decade. It’s the ABC’s job to examine the world we live in. We hope Reality Check will give ‘Reality TV’ its due, acknowledging its drawing power and asking why it works and what that says about us.”

“Reality is dramatic, funny, poignant, and in many ways, reflects our community more accurately than any other genre. This series examines how it works and asks the question: if Stephen Spielberg is a genius for making audiences cry, why shouldn’t reality producers be lauded for doing the same thing?” says Nick Murray, Managing Director CJZ.

Reality Check will screen on ABC in quarter three of this year.