Entries Tagged as 'Comedy'

Gertrude Implores You To Take Her Seriously For A Minute

As some of you may know, I recently began employment with a small, grass-roots organisation dedicated to helping local communities do anything they can to reduce their carbon footprint. I spent several months visualising a job exactly like this one; working with people of vision, action and commitment, 5 minutes from home and Wildflower’s school, and with regular hours that accommodate other commitments. It is literally a dream job for me. Of course, the downside of this employment is that it comes with an increasing awareness of climate change, a line of thinking which is liable to lead to the excruciating discomfort of self-examination.

Despite the impression I may have given you with the amount of space I devote in my blog to flippant observations and trite assumptions, I actually try hard not to be judgemental of others. Recognising in each of us the struggle to reconcile to the slip of time we have between life and death (sorry; bit of new-agey philosophy crept in there), I am inclined to forgive people their foibles and stupidities. Plus, I’m quite foible-ridden and stupid myself, so people in glass-houses and all that. Also, I’m afraid no one will invite me anywhere if I start airing my opinions about the urgent need to dismantle the military/industrial complex and the end of the world scenarios that await us if we don’t.

So on the whole I have been able to check an inclination to proselytise when confronted with my friend’s and loved one’s casual indifference to the impending doom that awaits us. I don’t want to single any one out, you know, or make people I care about uncomfortable, but I just don’t think the Good-Fairy Government from the shining land of We Actually Give A Toss is going to make an appearance and give us time off from our oil dependent lives to find a nice little techno-fix for this. Uh uh. If we don’t take matters into our own hands, no one else is going to do it for us.

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Rap Translated

Ummm, this is funny. Watch it.

Raw Comedy ” Canberra Heat One.

Review by The Predictable Salamander

Approaching the Street Theatre without a clue as to what to expect from the ACT Raw Comedy festival heats, I was first impressed and excited to see the foyer of The Street jam packed for a main-stage event that did not involve musical theatre. As I made my way to the bar I saw a number of familiar faces from the ‘COMEDY ACT’ crew with whom I have been loosely associated in the development of local comedy nights such as CaCk YaSelf (the Front Gallery) and Cult Comedy (Soul Bar) and immediately wondered which ones were actually there to compete. After a quick wine and a few hello’s the dinger dinged and it was time to see what we were all in for.

The ACT heats were hosted by Corinne Grant which also filled me with unsure expectation having only seen her on Rove which can be a bit hit and miss. I was pleasantly surprised to find her and her sets absolutely charming, delightful, and funny throughout the evening.

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Review of “Raw Comedy”

at The Street Theatre, Friday Feb 1st

I loved Corinne Grant”s “warm up” of the audience. She”s such a fun and entertaining person who”s definitely not afraid to send herself up or anyone or anything else for that matter! I could have watched her perform all night.

There were five acts as part of “Raw Comedy” each bringing their own individual brand of humour.

Although stand-up isn”t my favourite genre of entertainment I came with an open mind to experience something new for a new year.

I was a bit disappointed by some of the acts. I think it unfair to name individuals as it does take a lot of courage to stand in front of an audience and tell jokes.

However I feel that some performers could have rehearsed their act in front of friends to get feedback before performing on stage.

Ed: I believe most of the performers were seasoned proamateurs from the quietly burgeoning local comedy scene, but yeah, rehearsal can’t hurt.

Raw Comedy ” Canberra Heat One

1 February 2008, Street Theatre

by Amy Dowler

The first of the Canberra Raw Comedy heats was an entertaining if largely unremarkable night. The comedy was for the most part parochial to the extreme ” jokes about Dickson”s China Town, 2CC radio, an entire set on Summernats ” and conventional: lines starting with “you know, the other day I was thinking””?? abounded.

Neither of these things is a problem so long as the material is actually funny, and the overwhelming majority of what we heard from this intrepid bunch of amateurs was. Another two elements made the night a success: its brevity, and a blissful absence of the increasingly endemic bastard child that is kooky musical comedy (bar an amusingly inane sequence of banana eating to music).

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