From spiky coronavirus costumes to the JobSeekers serenading Josh Frydenberg, the Wharf Revue is ready to satirise the year that was 2020.
The revue began its three week season at Canberra Theatre Centre's Playhouse theatre on December 1.
The annual comedy event is also fashionably late, originally due to run back in September.
This year's revue is bittersweet, not only as it pays tribute to an annus horribilis, but this year the revue farewells iconic comedy trio Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott after 20 years of comedy.
"COVID-19 has been been on our minds all year," Scott said.
"I think maybe people are ready to have a few laughs about it right now."
"There is a famous saying that comedy equals tragedy plus time, I think that's pretty much it," Biggins said.
"You can wait a certain amount of time and then get it bang on," Mr Scott said.
"Then if you wait too long people have forgotten or they don't care any more so is a bit of a balance."
"There's always something that you think 'we can't use that again', but then you bring it up and people haven't forgotten," Forsythe said.
The trio said comedy was a matter of balancing light and dark.
"We sometimes put in something that is a little bit darker to just change the pace and the tone of the show before we go back to something more ridiculous," Forsythe said.
"[This year] we do a piece about New York that is a little bit dark."
The trio said even in dark times some things are always hilarious.
"We can rely on Pauline [Hanson] do do something stupid just before we have to open," Forsythe said.
Forsythe, who is resurrecting his role as the controversial politician, said Hanson's statements about people living in Melbourne's public housing towers and her support of conspiracy theories provided him with "another rich vein of ludicrousness for us to plunder"
"We had written quite a few things very early in the year because we thought we were going to be playing in September, " Forsythe said.
"We thought it would pass the use-by date, one in particular was about Bridget McKenzie and sports rorts.
"We thought, what a pity we lost it, but we at least give her a mention in this one."
Scott was happy to announce the resurrection of his depiction of Kevin Rudd.
"I've been playing Kevin Rudd for a long time and I kind of dropped it," he said.
"That he's come back to into public life with his petition on media diversity and kept going around the place with Keating talking about accessing superannuation ... it's excellent, so he's in this [revue]."
Johnathan Biggins however is happy to put up the Trump wig and orange blush at the end of 2020.
"Since [Trump] got elected, and the first year he was elected, it was fine," he said.
"Ever since then it's been on a downward trajectory, the audience tolerating Mr Trump.
"If he had won we would have been in some serious trouble.
"Because he's lost [Trump has] become a sort of clownish figure again."
- To book tickets for the Wharf Revue go to canberratheatrecentre.com.au