The year is only young but already serving up more than enough for savvy satirists.
John Shortis and Moya Simpson, Bungendore's own musical satirists, are never short of material and are already staging a new show.
In a winery. With the latest show hours after Inauguration Day has played out in the United States. And there's a three
The pair is performing their latest original work, Raise a Glass and Ruffle Some Feathers, at Wamboin winery Contentious Character.
Their first two shows are sold out but a third has been added - next Thursday evening, January 21, just hours after US president-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated at noon on January 20 (Washington time).
John has already written the structure of the song they will perform about the event.
"I've basically written the song, assuming what's going to happen," he said yesterday.
"I haven't factored in any violence but I assume Trump will start an alternative rally or something, that he'll be starting his run for 2024 at the same time and rallying up the troops."
There are four Trump songs in the show which takes a look back at 2020 but also an "optimistic" look ahead. The show "doesn't shy away from the year we've all just survived, but will ask you to charge your glasses and drink to the hope of a more fruitful 2021. It can't get any worse".
"We've got a theme of, 'let's look forward to a better year'," he said.
"It's a mixture of raising a glass and ruffling the feathers of political shenanigans."
One of the songs is about working from home during coronavirus, with all the glories of Zoom, set to a Chinese work song.
John is also in the middle of writing Michael Bloody McCormack about the acting PM's eventful week this week. Can't get more current than that.
"I've also written one about the amount of Harvey Norman advertising in the papers," he said.
Then there's the live version of Advance Australia Fair based on "the new songwriting team of Berejiklian and Morrison".
Other songs were inspired by the Contentious Character winery itself, which managed to produce a 2020 vintage, despite the travails of drought, bushfire smoke and the pandemic.
Shortis and Simpson say they want to "take a humorous, wry, poignant look at a year that was not always funny". Cheers to that.
- Raise a Glass and Ruffle Some Feathers, at Contentious Character on Thursday, January 21, arrive 6.30pm for dinner at 7.15pm. Bookings contentiouscharacter.com.au/events or 6238 3830