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.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

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Jeff Sparrow is a writer, broadcaster and editor. He writes a regular column for Guardian Australia; he appears on 3RRR's Breakfasters program and is the immediate past editor of Overland magazine. His most recent book is Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right. His previous book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson was shortlisted for the Best Writing Award at the Melbourne Prize.

Ben Jenkins (Australian)

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Ben Jenkins is a writer, producer and television presenter. He has worked on The Checkout, Tonightly, The Feed and The Chaser’s Election Desk. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, People of Letters and The Best Australian Comedy Writing. He is host and co-creator of the comedy nights-turned podcasts Story Club and Dragon Friends. He is also co-host of the hit podcast Free to a Good Home.