A good joke makes us laugh. A great joke can upset some of the most powerful people in the world. With deft irreverence, the best political satirists reach right into the heart of things and bring back stark truths about the world we live in – all while keeping us in stitches. Join some of Australia’s most facetious comedians, writers and social commentators as they discuss the perilous (and hilarious) art of being funny in unfunny situations and undermining the very serious and powerful one joke at a time. Featuring Twitter icon and writer for Tonightly with Tom Ballard, Rebecca Shaw; The Chaser’s and Dragon Friends’ Alex Lee; and The Weekly’s Alistair Baldwin; in conversation with The Frant’s and The Feed’s Jan Fran.
Rebecca Shaw (Australian)
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.
Alex Lee (Australian)
Alex Lee is a comedian, television presenter and actor with a background in journalism. Alex worked on ABC News 24 and was a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery as a political reporter for BuzzFeed Australia. She has been a regular comedy guest on the triple j Drive program and the Free To A Good Home podcast.
Alex can be seen onstage several nights a week at The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf Theatre performing in a variety of shows. She also plays Dungeons and Dragons live on stage as the half-orc Philge in the hit comedy podcast Dragon Friends, which has twice sold out shows at PAX Australia, toured to Seattle, Melbourne and Adelaide and has over 5,000 subscribers worldwide.
Alex’s television credits include ABC TV’s The Checkout, The Chaser’s Election Desk, The Roast, Media Circus, Story Club, Saturday Night Rove and SBSVICELAND’s The Feed.
Alistair Baldwin (Australian)
Alistair Baldwin is a writer, comedian, thought leader and sometimes blonde based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for The Weekly, Hard Quiz, Get Krack!n and At Home Alone Together. He is a member of experimental comedy duo Nemeses with Vidya Rajan. The pair created a livestream sitcom for the Wheeler Centre and hosted Melbourne Fringe’s Program Launch. He has been published in Metro, Archer, un. Magazine, The Guardian and ACMI Ideas – and is a contributor to Growing Up Disabled In Australia.
Jan Fran (Australian)
Jan Fran is an Australian Walkley Award–winning journalist and social commentator. She is the writer and creator of the viral internet opinion segment The Frant and is also known for her work on The Feed on SBSVICELAND, The Project on Network Ten and the ABC podcast, The Pineapple Project. Jan has shot and produced documentaries from all over the world and appears regularly on Australian television as a social commentator. She is an ambassador for Plan International Australia where she advocates for women and girls. Her strong reporting on women’s issues earned her a 2018 Walkley nomination for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her memoir Of Middle Eastern Appearance will be published in 2021.