Sincerest Form of Flattery is a show like no other. Some of the Festival’s most daring guests find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants (and then metaphorically riding those giants on a comedy-rampage, destroying entire villages in their wake). Each guest is tasked with writing and performing a piece in the style of a literary great. Hosted by Ben Jenkins, this event unfolds like a literary covers night, starring Mark Di Stefano, Richard Fidler, Rebecca Shaw and Jeff Sparrow.

Presented with Giant Dwarf.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire and the co-author of Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, which was awarded the 2018 Indie Book Award for non-fiction. Richard is best known as a presenter of ABC Radio's Conversations. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation and is the most popular podcast in Australia. His most recent book, The Golden Maze, is a biography of Prague, inspired by his experience of the city’s 1989 Velvet Revolution.

Rebecca Shaw (Australian)

Rebecca Shaw

Rebecca Shaw is a Twitter icon and queer-about-town who has been on the writing teams at Tonightly with Tom Ballard, Get Krack!n and The Weekly, and is currently working on ABC’s Hard Quiz. She was deputy editor at SBS Comedy and was contributing editor at Kill Your Darlings. She has written for The Guardian, Pedestrian, Ten Daily and most other places you can think of, including an ongoing popular The Bachelor recap series at Junkee. She has essays published in the 2018 book Queerstories published by Hachette and the 2019 anthology Growing Up Queer published by Black Inc. Her parody twitter account @NoToFeminism was developed into an illustrated book with Affirm Press and in 2018 a song she co-wrote won the ARIA for best comedy release.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor and broadcaster. He writes a regular column for The Guardian and contributes regularly to many other Australian and international publications. Jeff is a former member of the 3RRR Breakfasters team and the immediate past editor of literary journal Overland. He is the author of a number of books, including Money Shot: a journey into porn and censorshipNo Way But This: in search of Paul RobesonTrigger Warnings: political correctness and the rise of the right and the most recent Fascists Among Us: Online hate and the Christchurch massacre.

Ben Jenkins (Australian)

Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins is a writer, TV producer and the co-creator of Story Club. His written work has appeared in places like The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and anthologies like The Best Australian Comedy Writing and People of Letters. On TV, he has written for The Chaser, The Checkout, Tonightly, The Feed and various other ABC and SBS ventures. He also has a Dungeon and Dragons podcast called Dragon Friends and a baby son not called that.