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Nazeem Hussain on dabbling with napalm, Legally Brown and overt racism in Australia

Nazeem Hussain

KYLIE NORTHOVER 11:45pm Comedian Nazeem Hussain has some Islamic State followers on Twitter but hopes they never turn up to a show.

Le Noir: Sharp thrills in the dark side of circus with Cirque du Soleil

There are audience members on the stage for each <i>Le Noir</i> act so the action is at close quarters.

John Bailey 9:39am French Canadian Emilie Fournier tours the world as one half of the duo Chilli and Fly, whose "aerial cradle" act in Cirque du Soleil's Le Noir sees Fournier torpedoing seven metres in the air. Without a net.

Meet the anti-Jihadi John - Muslim comedian Humza Arshad is slaying them in the aisles

Fighting Islamic State one joke at a time... British comedian Humza Arshad makes fun of Islamic extremists.

Griff Witte 5:22am 29-year-old Humza Arshad is an internet sensation, a hero to Muslim teenagers and perhaps the most potent new weapon in Britain's arsenal as it wages an increasingly desperate campaign to counter violent Islamist extremism.

Luisa Omielan's flight from hell scores big

Comedian Luisa Omielan is using her own experiences to fuel her stand-up routine.

LENNY ANN LOW 11:45pm A few weeks ago Luisa Omielan boarded an international flight in London, accepted a glass of champagne and readied herself for her first tour of Australia as a successful, five star-review comedian. Then everything went wrong.

Bert Newton tells why The Rocky Horror Show is 'easy' for him at 76

Entertainment veteran Burt Newton is one of the oldest actors ever to play the Narrator in <i>The Rocky Horror 
Show </i>.

ELISSA BLAKE 4:46pm If age is wearying Bert Newton, you wouldn't know it from his voice. At 76, Newton's pipes, honed when radio was king and television the upstart prince, is as bubbly and mellifluous as ever.

Comedy Festival Review: Jen Kirkman's jokes about growing old don't always connect

Smooth: Jen Kirkman is witty and engaging, but not all of her routine travels.

Richard Watts 3:44pm The travails of turning 40 are grist to the mill for American comedian Jen Kirkman.

Last pirouette

Madeleine Eastoe bows out of Australian Ballet

Madeleine Eastoe:

Valerie Lawson 3:45pm In a few months it will be Madeleine Eastoe’s turn to step away from the spotlight.


Comedy Festival review: Anne Edmonds full on from the start

Anne Edmonds as

Rebecca Harkins-Cross 3:24pm Local comic Anne Edmonds doesn’t ease you into her amiably sardonic persona.

Comedy Festival review: Neil Hamburger's comic feat of smear and self-loathing

Cult comic Neil Hamburger takes the stage in his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut.

2:59pm Gregg Turkington's Neil Hamburger character is quite unlike any other comic.

Comedy Festival review: Genevieve Fricker's Monsterpussy survives injury

Genevieve Fricker: A quirky, sly comedian I'd like to see at the top of her game.

Cameron Woodhead 2:32pm Unpredictability is one of the hallmarks of the comic impulse, and Gen Fricker’s Monsterpussy has it in spades.

Comedy Festival review: Emma J Hawkins takes stereotype by the horn in I am not a Unicorn

Emma J Hawkins proves a powerful presence in I am not a Unicorn.

Chloe Smethurst 1:08pm I am not a Unicorn is equal parts theatre, dance, comedy, social critique and fairytale.

Comedy Festival review: Escape From LA reveals modern boulevard of broken dreams

Clem Bastow presents bittersweet memories in Escape from LA.

TIM RICHARDS Wanting a new challenge, Clem Bastow headed to LA in 2012 with a work visa and dreams of writing the next great fantasy movie.

How to tell when improvisation comedy is good

Joanne Brookfield If an audience thinks an impro scene must have been scripted then the performers have succeeded, comedian says.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Sam Simmons gets personal in Spaghetti for Breakfast

Comedian Sam Simmons in the Great Eastern Groceries Centre.

ANNABEL ROSS "It's a very silly, personal romp through my mind," says Sam Simmons, one of Australia's best-loved and most irreverent comics, of his new show.

Newcastle Theatre Company presents Mr Bennet's Bride in Canberra

Mr Bennet's Bride cast (back row) Derek Fisher, Dean Blackford and Lance Hawkins. From row: Alison Cox, Cassandra Griffin and Tracey Gordon.

RON CERABONA How did Mr and Mrs Bennet come to be married? Emma Wood explores this question in her theatrical precursor to Pride and Prejudice.

James Acaster review: Deadpan bordering on the absurd

James Acaster calls himself 'the world's least likely gangster'.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross The offbeat English funnyman James Acaster delivers an hour of fresh comedy.

'Thanks and farewell'

Showbiz's true gentleman, Stuart Wagstaff, addresses his own memorial service

Stuart Wagstaff says in death, he finally got to university.

ANDREW HORNERY After 90 years playing for them, there was no way Stuart Wagstaff was going to miss out on having the last laugh.

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Comedy Festival review: Muddled and moving Shtick from John Kearns


Rebecca Harkins-Cross When the British comic comes on stage wearing an ill-fitting tonsure wig and grimy false teeth, complaining that they won't let him on the gala, collective terror rises. Where could this possibly go?

Stephen Sondheim show in fine Company at fortyfivedownstairs

The cast of Assassins, starring Nadine Garner, at fortyfivedownstairs.

Company, one of Sondheim's most acclaimed and beloved works, will be presented by Watch This.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Stand-ups go toe to toe in Comedywealth Games

Mark Watson's Comedywealth Games.

John Bailey Stand-ups will lace up their boots and go toe to toe as representatives of their nation in the Comedywealth Games.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015: Comedian Ray Badran's rape joke divides

Ray Badran's response to a silent protest by a member of the audience to his rape joke has drawn criticism.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Australian comedians have taken to social media to express their views on shock comedy following the story of a comedian who told an audience member to "die" for protesting against his joke about rape.

Malthouse Theatre's The Shadow King to make international debut

Tom E. Lewis in Malthouse Theatre's <i>The Shadow King</i>.

Malthouse Theatre's The Shadow King will make its international premiere next year with a season at London's Barbican to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Why Katherine Ryan owes her comedy career to Hooters

Anglo-Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Comedian Katherine Ryan describes her past job at Hooters as "weird ... like being a modern-day geisha".

Nina Conti's human ventriloquist dummies ridiculously entertaining for Comedy Festival fans

Ventriloquist Nina Conti has turned her attention from hand puppets to humans.

Reviewed John Bailey In recent years the ventriloquist's shows have leant towards the clever at the expense of the funny: this time around she nails it, however, ditching the script and delivering an hour of impro that's the equal of anything else in town right now.

Gadsby's depression comedy an uplifting experience

Hannah Gadsby's is keeping depression fresh.

Reviewed by Rebecca Harkins-Cross COMEDY FESTIVAL

Luisa Omielan's What Would Beyonce Do?! brash and brazenly funny

Luisa Omielan: Frenetic and fearless.

John Bailey This British comic's on-stage persona will blow you away.

Comedy festival: Ali McGregor continues to amaze

Ali McGregor hosts the late-night variety show

Reviewed by Michael Lallo Ali McGregor hosts an ever-changing line-up of artists in her nightly variety show.

Comedy Festival: Nazeem Hussain's shouty, assured solo debut

Nazeem Hussain

Reviewed by Nino Bucci Assured solo debut not to everyone's tastes

Headliners showcases cultural melting-pot

Comedian Myq Kaplan

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead The Headliners showcase offers a diverse line-up of American comics.

Comedy festival – Ruby Wax: Sane New World: Therapeutic approach to humour

Ruby Wax

Reviewed by Rebecca Harkins-Cross Shap-witted Ruby Wax battles the war in our heads in her new show, Sane New World.

Cabaret rolls back years

Hot songs from the year 1942 will be reprised in a special show.

Different signals

Director Rafael Bonachela was inspired by signs.

Heavenly musical tribute

Celestial magic as ensemble takes to the open air.

Madam Pat and all that jazz

Life and times of Pat Thompson at Four Winds Festival.

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