The Bright Side breakfast radio, Wednesdays 7-8.30am 2xxFM

Bright SideTune in every Wednesday morning for The Bright Side on 2XX 98.3fm to hear Tom Gibson  Emo Parsonson and I carry on with shenanigans and silliness and the odd interview, guest comedian or live performance by local musos.

Here’s a couple of the promos we have for the show thanks to the delightful technical officer for 2xx, Dave:

And this one:

Tune in on 98.3FM or you can listen online at http://www.2xxfm.org.au/

The Bright Side Podcast is up

Somehow, we have turned our weekly radio show into a podcast. For an old person like me, this seemed to involve eye of newt and a lot of cauldron stirring and other dark arts. Only managed to put one up – a great episode where we chat to comedian Damian Callinan who does the most hilarious act outs of everything from stoner Galahs to regional community radio stalwarts.

We will put more episodes up so please subscribe to get the latest, and be in touch if you wan us to discuss anything in particular. Of course you can still tune in Wednesdays 7am-8.30am on 2XX 98.3fm or listen to the online stream at http://www.2xxfm.org.au/.

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Ramshackle Fiasco debuts at Sydney Comedy Festival

Rmshackle Fiasco
Photo by Mark Mohell

Exciting news! I’ll be heading to Sydney to perform in a group show with my good and very funny buddies, Hamish Hudson, Emo Parsonson and Tom Gibson at the Sydney Comedy Festival  from May 5-7 at the Happy Endings Comedy Club in Potts Point!

RAMSHACKLE FIASCO, the A-Team of laughs, presents a new hour of comedy from four of the nation’s hottest stand-ups. After touring festivals and comedy rooms of Australia with their individual shows, the team is back together for a combined show so big it almost doesn’t fit.

For more info about the gang, visit our nifty new website and follow us on Twitter.

Please, if you’re in Sydney come and see us and tell your mates!

Thursday tickets are $18, Fri and Saturday $22.50 book here

Pick your chocolate: Canberra Comedy Festival

I’m no psychic, but I know you’re busy:* You have a job, fairly massive debts and maybe even kids. I also know that Canberra is about to welcome the best ever line up of comedians ever in March 2016 and you will feel better about everything if you go see some of the creative genius on offer.

I may rave here – not just because I created my Last Will and Testament today – but also because I truly believe that too many Canberrans are sitting on the  couch, getting fat and living like they’re dead when in fact they still have a pulse and the ability to catch the bus to the city, watch comedy and laugh like the hot 23-year-old they still are inside.

I say this not just because I have a show called Match Fit with the endearingly hilarious misfit Greg Kimball, but because it is also true.

Who cares what I think – but when has that stopped anyone when they have their own website (on lease for two years from some Melbourne IT company)?

In addition to Kitty Flanagan and Dave Thornton (whom you should know already), here are some comedians you might not have heard of and reasons why you should see their shows (in no particular order):

David O’Doherty because he is the first comedian to ever respond to an email when I was one week into comedy seeking advice and he said: “Do what you think is funny, not what other comedians think is funny”. Words to live by but also – an insight into his original, quirky personality on stage. His songs are ridiculous, without rhyme, timing or beautiful vocals – but they are perfect and so is he.

Luke Heggie  Don’t laugh too loud or long, because he keeps being funny and you’ll miss bits. Heggie rips into bullies, n’er-do-wells, the nouveau riche and idiots and I for one am grateful someone more articulate, incisive and hilarious can represent my own thoughts on this matter better than I can.

Tom Gibson is a force of nature who relentlessly attacks you with observational humour on par with the very top tier of international comedy. He rarely puts on a festival show so don’t miss this chance to see one of my favourite comedians on the earth.

Anne Edmonds  won the comedian’s comedian award (Block of Wood) at MICF this year for good reason. She is without pretence, her show at MICF was start-to-finish gut laughs and she is everything you want from comedy: disarmingly funny, smart, loveable and twisted.

Katie Burch was runner up in the national comedy competition RAW Comedy in 2014 and I love her deadpan, sharp and fast jokes. She knows what she’s doing, she’s unafraid and she’s very, very funny.

Locals that have made me laugh and deserve your coin include:

Go on. Get out and support some original, live, Australian (and international) comedy right here in Canberra. You’ll be better for it.

All shows are here: http://canberracomedyfestival.com.au/shows/

 

*I’m also insecure about when to use a semi colon, rather than a colon.

Master Builders Annual Dinner 2015


ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)
ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)
ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)
ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)
ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)
ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)
ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)
ACT Master Builders Annual Dinner, National Gallery of Australia, 21 October, 2015 for MBA (ACT)

You don’t often get to gig for an organisation with two of your favourite comedians – especially when the mics drop out and you’re behind a podium for your spot, delivering like TedX champ. But here’s some evidence that happens (with the amazings Luke Heggie and Tom Gibson). Photos thanks to the pro Geoff Comfort (http://www.geoffcomfort.com/)