229 – Jonathan Biggins

Jonathan Biggins is a legendary Australian satirist, actor and writer, who is currently performing his one-man show The Gospel According To Paul – a theatrical biography of the reforming Labor Treasurer and Prime Minister, Paul Keating.

I asked Jonathan about his thoughts on Keating’s complicated legacy – the good and the bad – and how his (often arrogant, but politically effective) leadership contrasts with the shit we have today. We discuss “economic rationalism”, the waging of culture wars and identity politics and Jonathan’s grave concern about the effect that social media technology is having on our society..

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I’m taping a comedy special across two shows at Chapel Off Chapel in early June, feat. my best jokes of the past three years

You can see my show WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival in May 

WE ARE ALL IN THIS will be at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in August

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The Gospel According To Paul by Jonathan Biggins is on at the Arts Centre in Melbourne until May 23rd 

It then tours to Bendigo and Brisbane

ARTICLE: Scott Morrison wants a big, simply country. With Labor dumbstruck and blindsided, he’s getting one by Guy Rundle

Cause of the Week: The Actor’s Benevolent Fund (actorsbenevolentfund.org.au)

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Live Recording @ Chapel Off Chapel

 

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Melbourne mates, I’m doing two shows at the lovely Chapel Off Chapel, one of which is going to be filmed for a thing.

They’re happening on Thursday October 7th & Friday 8th. Please come along yes yes.

 

Come watch Tom fix everything by yelling his best jokes in a nice room in front of cameras. Please.

 

“A true barbarian.”

– Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

 

“Much of his stand up is about as funny as listening to a recording of one of Joe Stalin’s four-hour rants.”

– Gerard Henderson, The Australian

 

“It’s an hour of absolutely hilarious white-hot rage.★★★★★ 

– Time Out

 

“Has as a frankly ridiculous ability to hit all his marks and deftly detonate every punchline. ★★★★½ 

– The Age

 

“Ballard delivers an absolute comedy masterclass.★★★★★”

– Beat

 

“Unrelenting and uproarious.★★★★½ 

– Chortle [UK]

2021 SHOW: WE ARE ALL IN THIS

Hello. It’s my new show for 2021 and it will officially restore comedy.

In this time of fire, plague and the stupid internet, “we” are “all” “in this” “together” (?).

In 2019, Tom sold out shows all over the world, received critical acclaim and annoyed a lot of Baby Boomers on Facebook. In 2020, he took some time off and wrote a book.

Now he has a brand-new show full of jokes about our cooked planet, the bad people in power and his sex life. Plus some outrage.

“A blistering hour of motor-mouthed, slick-as-black-ice comedy.” ★★★★½ Herald Sun

“Will have you laughing til it hurts.” ★★★★½ The Age

 

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

MARCH 24th to APRIL 18th  

 

 

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL

MAY 7th & 8th

 

 

NEWCASTLE COMEDY FESTIVAL

MAY 29th

 

 

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL

NOVEMBER 2nd to 7th

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“Hate Speech” vs. “Joke Speech”

So last week, academic Holly Lawford-Smith wrote a pretty wild opinion piece about how a stand-up set she saw me do constituted “hate speech”:

 

I think it was approbation; community in shared loathing. I think it was a cheerful variation on the ritualised “Two Minutes Hate” gatherings in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell wrote: “A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture … seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.” Or to be slightly less melodramatic about it, I think their laughter was to Ballard’s jokes what applause and chants are at a Trump rally.

 

I was offered a right of reply, and ended up having a lot to say about the routine in question, comedy, offence, civility and hypocrisy:

 

Again, we return to the importance of context. No, Holly Lawford-Smith, my comedy does not meet any serious legal or moral definition of “hate speech” — because it is comedy. I wasn’t simply “saying” (that is, not joking) that Liberal voters are “evil demon lizards”, nor was I making sincere “comments” or literally “celebrating the deaths” of COVID victims. I was delivering prepared and considered jokes, tongue firmly in cheek. I thought that this would have been extremely clear. When someone performs a routine that includes a line like “I love democracy, I just think that voting for the Liberal Party should be illegal”, I think there’s good reason to suspect they’re taking the piss.

 

See what you reckon and tell me that I’m correct and smart, please.

228 – Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian is the Director of the Climate & Energy Program at The Australia Institute.

With Australia embarrassing itself on the global stage when it comes to setting actual reduction targets that might actually do something, this was a great chance to check in with where the climate debate is at. Richie lays out just how lacking our commitments are, what they should be and what other countries are doing, as well giving me the rundown on electric vehicles, carbon accounting tricks, just transition models, fossil fuel subsidies and the (relatively straightforward) path to addressing this existential crisis.

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW – just 6 shows left!

My new show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

Or you can see WE ARE ALL IN THIS at the Newcastle Comedy Festival on May 

I was on the latest episode of the Confessions of the Idiots podcast and it was great fun

Support Shane Bazzi’s legal fund because he’s being sued by Peter Dutton 

This was a great article on my friend Naser Moradi, a brilliant artist who has been in Australian immigration detention for more than six years

@RichieMerzian

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Hot Mess – Richie’s summary of Morrison’s performance at Biden’s climate summit

The US is charging ahead on climate action, so where the bloody hell is Australia? by Richie Merzian

ARTICLE: Labor backs coal beyond 2050

RESEARCH: Australian fossil fuel subsidies hit $10.3 billion in 2020/21 

Cause of the Week: The Juice Media (thejuicemedia.com

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227 – Melbourne Calling w/ Stephen Jolly, Alison Pennington, Guy Rundle & Jeff Sparrow

Hello! Sorry for the radio silence – I have been busy being too hot for TV and annoying Andrew Bolt. Apologies.

This week’s ep is a slice of a conversation I had with socialist councillor Stephen Jolly and Leftist intellectuals (and previous LIASYO guests) Alison PenningtonJeff Sparrow and Guy Rundle for Stephen’s new podcast, Melbourne Calling

We had a wide-ranging chat about the state of the Australian Left in the wake of COVID, the sexual assault crisis in Canberra, workers’ power and ideology.

You can watch the full chat here.

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My 2021 show WE ARE ALL IN THIS is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW – just 6 shows left!

WE ARE ALL IN THIS is coming to Sydney for two nights only in May

Please watch my lip sync tribute to Greta Thunberg at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. We put a lot of work into it lol 

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Cause of the Week: Pay The Rent (paytherent.net.au)

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