You’ve heard the rumours and now we can confirm our brand new stage whereby Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival are teaming up to present an exciting new initiative in 2011.
The inaugural Homebake Comedy Stage, presented by Sydney Comedy Festival, will feature some of Australia’s best beloved comedians as well as the very best emerging artists in a rollicking showcase of world-class comedy. Homebake has a long history of supporting Australian & NZ music, film and arts, and with the addition of a Comedy Stage, aims to make a positive contribution to Australia’s growing live comedy scene.
Jorge Menidis, the Sydney Comedy Festival Director is delighted with the partnership and sees it as a great way for comedy to be celebrated. “Homebake is such a unique and awesome Sydney event that it is truly exciting that it will now feature some of the best Australian comedy talent that we can get our hands on. I am sure that this stage will compliment the rest of the program and bring an even more inspiring experience for the Homebake patron.”
Live comedy has exploded in popularity in recent years and the Homebake Comedy Stage presented by Sydney Comedy Festival hopes to have a lasting positive impact on the growth of the local industry. And now to add to the list of incredible performers, those first announcement of Comedy Stage names providing the laughs include..
TIM “ROSSO” ROSS
TV and radio star, comedian, writer, environmental warrior, ARIA Award winner, well-dressed man.. is there anything Tim Ross can’t do? OK, no need to answer that, but his media accomplishments are not to be sneezed at. As the ‘Rosso’ part of comedy act Merrick and Rosso,
Tim built up an enormous fan base through sell-out stand-up performances across Australia and a popular stint on Triple J’s drive show before making the move to the competitive Sydney FM market as co-host of Nova 96.9’s top-rating breakfast show for an astonishing nine years.
‘Hilarious.’ – The Age
Smart Casual is Fletcher Jones (on guitar) and Roger David (on beard), arguably Australia’s smartest, most casual musical comedy duo.
In 2009, Smart Casual featured in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s hand-picked selection of hot new talent, ‘The Comedy Zone’, before going on to tour nationally and internationally on the Festival Roadshow. By international, they mean Singapore.
‘Exceptionally clever and well executed… destined for big things.’ – Buzzcuts
A regular on the Australian comedy circuit, Dan Townes is one of Sydney’s favourite comedians. His Comedy Festival show had him shortlisted for the People’s Choice and Sydney’s Best Comedian awards.
“Daniel Townes is charming and disarming as much as he is humorous” **** – Adelaide Advertiser
He was recently a guest panelist on channel ten’s ‘Can of Worms,’ and his 2011 Sydney Comedy Festival show saw him nominated for Time Out’s Local Comedy Show of the Year and Sydney Comedian of the Year.
“Matt Okine is a revelation!” – The West Australian
It’s been a busy 2 years for Malaysian comedian and Melbourne Law School graduate Ronny Chieng who, in 2010, came second place in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s RAW Comedy National Final. In early 2011, he was one of five comics handpicked to be part of the prestigious Comedy Zone and recently sold out his debut solo show season at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
“Chieng is charming, challenging and downright hilarious” – The Pun
Comedy Store regular, Rhys Nicholson, is best known for his appearances on the Comedy Channel’s “Balls of Steel”, and big hair. He will debut his first solo show, “Social Liability”, at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September.
“His tongue is as sharp as his dress sense. See him before his career becomes as big as his hair.” – Wil Anderson
From performing with Robin Williams and debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to appearances at the Big Day Out, Playground Weekender and the UK’s Guilfest, musical comedian Dave Eastgate is one of the most exciting and hilarious live performers in the country.
“F#%king beautiful man!” – Robin Williams, Academy Award Winner
Anthony Salame began performing comedy in 2005 and has since built an army of fans all across Australia with his cheeky dialogue and clever observations. Anthony has gone on to perform in Australia’s top comedy clubs and has opened in theatres for international artists including Pablo Francisco, Jo Koy and even hip hop star LL Cool J. After touring extensively through Lebanon, USA and Canada in early 2011, Anthony returns to Sydney to perform at Homebake.
“One of the undisputed kings of Australian urban comedy.” – Adelaide News
For the last 10 years, Steve Philp has been honing his craft at comedy festivals and clubs around the world and also appearing regularly on shows such as Channel 10’s “Ready Steady Cook”, Channel 9’s “The Footy Show” as well as being the MC in front of 50,000 people at Tropfest! Recently nominated in Time Out Magazine’s Top Sydney Comedians 2011 and selected on The Best of The Footy Show Comedians DVD, Steve is fast becoming one of the country’s best live acts!!
“A Natural…one of the funniest acts of the night.” – Sun Herald
Stay tuned for the next Comedy Stage announcement + much, much more as we count down the days to..
HOMEBAKE 2011 – The Classic Edition
Starring Stellar Performances by..
GRINDERMAN (featuring Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey & Jim Sclavunos), PNAU , GOTYE,(direct from TV screens across Australia) RocKwiz Live, (The multi award winning) GURRUMUL, CUT COPY, (The legendary) ICEHOUSE Plays FLOWERS, LADYHAWKE, DRAPHT, DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, (A Special performance by) THE TRIFFIDS, ESKIMO JOE, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, THE CHURCH, THE VINES, ILLY, THE JEZABELS, KIMBRA, CW STONEKING, KIDS OF 88 (NZ), UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA (NZ), PAPA VS PRETTY, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, PASSENGER, KILLAQUEENZ, AVALANCHE CITY (NZ), VENTS, NOAH TAYLOR & THE SLOPPY BOYS… plus more to be announced (including triple j Unearthed Winner)
And now joined by the first Comedy Stage announcement..
TIM “ROSSO” ROSS, SMART CASUAL, DANIEL TOWNES, MATT OKINE, RONNY CHIENG, RHYS NICHOLSON, DAVE EASTGATE, ANTHONY SALAME AND STEVE PHILP + more to be announced
FOUR STAGES (Main Stage, The Big Top, The Dome & The Rowland S Howard Stage)
THE HOMEBAKE CINEMA PAVILION, The Brand New HOMEBAKE COMEDY STAGE (Presented by Sydney Comedy Festival), MULTIMEDIA, INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR, MARKET STALLS, ROVING PERFORMERS, ARTIST SIGNING TENT (ALL PROCEEDS TO YOUNGCARE) www.youngcare.com.au, RIDES, YOUTH & COMMUNITY INFORMATION & AWARENESS STALLS & more! Homebake supports You Can
Proudly presented by triple j, triple j magazine, Channel [V], Max and Drum Media
HOMEBAKE 2011 – THE CLASSIC EDITION
Saturday December 3rd, The Domain Sydney City, NSW
Gates open at 11.00am
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM TICKETEK & OZTIX – see ticketing info below
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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT HOMEBAKE IS AN OVER 18’s EVENT – YOU MUST BE OVER 18 (EIGHTEEN) YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE A TICKET – Relevant Government authorised photo ID required on entry & if you wish to drink alcohol – ie; passport or drivers licence.