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ARTS: COMEDY

Comedian Marc Maron announces Australian Tour

Louis C.K. has called him a “compelling and hilarious comedian-poet; truly one of the greatest of all time”. Judd Apatow has said about his podcasts, “as a comedy nerd, this show is my nirvana” and now, he's heading our way!

Comedy duo Tim and Eric (USA) announce upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour

Finally, the long wait is over! Absurdist comedy-cult duo Tim and Eric will be returning to our shores this December, proudly calling their show "Tim and Eric - ’Stralia – Zealand Experience”.

Amy Schumer confirms exclusive show for Melbourne's Hamer Hall next week!

Amy Schumer is fast becoming one of the most recognisable names in American comedy and entertainment at the moment and next week, she'll be staging an exclusive Australian show in Melbourne! In the country promoting her new film Trainwreck, Schumer will bring her wicked, sharp and hilarious sense of humour and comedy to Melbourne's Hamer Hall on July 22nd (Wednesday).

the AU interview: Jake and Amir from CollegeHumor talk Aussie Tour, Favourite Skits, Fans and more

We’re only a month away from the official and very first CollegeHumor Australian tour! Featuring Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz from Jake and Amir, as well as the talented Streeter Seidell. Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the writers/actors/editors behind the Webby award winning Internet series Jake and Amir. Averaging more than 500,000 views each week, the duo have produced two videos a week for over four years... Click through for all the news, and our full interview...

the AU interview: comedian Matt Okine talks about his one man show "The Other Guy"

Matt Okine is a name you surely would have come across in your travels unless you have been living under a rock. Okine not only has an array of awards under his belt (including 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director's Choice Award) for comedy but also is talented in other areas such as tv and radio. This year Okine is touring his fourth solo show “The other guy” so we had a chat to him about what it all entails. Click through for our full interview!

the AU interview: Tommy Chong (USA) Discusses His Greatest Hits, Getting Older and What's Next

THE AU INTERVIEW: TOMMY CHONG (USA) DISCUSSES HIS GREATEST HITS, GETTING OLDER,

This June, Cheech and Chong will be embarking upon a nation-wide tour performing their greatest hits, movie moments and musical undertakings. Scott Aitken chatted with Tommy Chong ahead of shows to discuss the comedic duo's legacy, coming to the end of touring and what's next for him and the pair. Tommy also lets us know what we can expect from their shows, who came up with the idea for the tour and more...

John Oliver performing two stand up shows in Australia this August!

Host of Last Week Tonight/Brit slaying it in the US/general legend, John Oliver, will bringing his cutting-edge wit and hilarious comedy to Australia for two shows this August! The Emmy and Writer's Guild Award winning writer takes time from his wildly successful TV show to bring his stand up show to Australia for the first time, a show that - unsurprisingly - sells out shows right across the US.

Bob Saget, Jay Pharoah, Vanessa Bayer and more perform at 'An Above Average Talent Show...' at SXSW

Comedian Bob Saget headlined a SXSW comedy show hosted by online comedy video network Above Average on Monday night, March 16th, at Yahoo!'s Brazos Hall. An Above Average Talent Show Benefiting The Ally Coalition was hosted by comedian and SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer.

CLOSED Win a double pass to see Donnell Rawlings Unchained Tour in Sydney and Melbourne!

Hot on the heels of the announcement of his Australian debut at Rottofest on Rottnest Island off Western Australia this September, US comedian and star of Comedy Central’s award winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s show Donnell Rawlings (aka Ashy Larry) has announced Sydney Fringe and Melbourne Fringe performances will form part of his first ever trip to Australia.

Bill Bailey's 'Limboland' show bringing him to Australia this October and November!

One of our favourite comics and actors Bill Bailey is returning to Australia with a new show in 'Limboland'! The tour is an extensive one too, so there are ample opportunities to see Bailey onstage - kicking off in Perth in October and continuing through until it wraps in November in Launceston. 'Limboland' is about the gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they actually are - with Bailey known for delivering witty and razor sharp material which is as intelligent as they are hilarious, you can bet these 'Limboland' shows are going to be nothing short of great.

the AU interview: Steve-O (Los Angeles) is 'Guilty As Charged' and tells us all about it!

Chances are, if you've not heard of Steve-O, you've heard of Jackass. The TV series which soon turned into a gold mine of an entertainment franchise for fans of the stupid, the extreme sometimes the downright fucked up, launched Steve-O and his crew like-minded stunt-dudes and comics into the spotlight and ever since, he's been able to take his upfront and unabashed shows and material to crowds around the world. Whether he's stapling his scrotum to his leg, engaging with dangerous animals he has no training to handle or simply performing some raw and shocking comedy, Steve-O's open about it all, which is perhaps why his Australian tour has the perfect name - 'Guilty As Charged'.

the AU interview: Jason Byrne (Ireland) chats about his upcoming tour, 'You Name The Show'!

Meredith had a chat with Jason Byrne recently as he flew from press commitment to press commitment! Besides giving us a sneak peek of what’s to come for his comedy tour You Name The Show! he also discussed important issues like why punters in Sydney are different to audiences in Brisbane and the joys of terrible sleeping patterns. Read on to see what the witty and affable Dublin-based comedian had to say.

The AU Interview: Rhys Nicholson (Sydney) talks Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Fringe and all other fringes!

Comedian Rhys Nicholson has an amazing haircut and a impeccable attitude to nail polish, and while those are certainly things that he is passionate about, he loves his comedy and works hard at it. Especially those awesomely crazy fringe festivals. Fringe festivals big or small, he doesn’t care. It’s a formality then that he travels to the biggest fringe festival of them all: the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform his last Australian-travelling show Eurgh. As long as there is a good intimacy and not a big screen to look at, he will have a good time as he tells Philippe Perez.

Rhys Darby set for run of Australian shows in October!

'...and Murray? Present'. Rhys Darby, NZ comedian and everyone's favourite band manager has been confirmed to appear in Sydney as part of 'Just For Laughs' this October, but for all those fans of Flight of the Conchords and his work in Yes Man and The Boat That Rocked who can't get to the Opera House, Darby has announced two shows which will bring him to Perth and Brisbane!

the AU interview: Kathy Najimy talks 'Lift Up Your Skirt' making its premiere at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival!

If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you will have seen Hocus Pocus or any of the Sister Act films. A sense of comedy that remains so notable of the time, both movies formed huge parts of my upbringing, so when it was announced that actress Kathy Najimy would be bringing her show "Lift Up Your Skirt" to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, I jumped at the chance to get to talk with her.