ALL SERIOUS COMEDY SHOWS PERFORMED LIVE DURING
CV-19 LOCKDOWN ARE BEING RUN ON A PAY WHAT YOU CAN MODEL.
In the live entertainment industry, everyone from performers to producers, PRs to box office staff have essentially lost all work for the foreseeable future – and we’re a bit broke.
I know lots of other people are struggling too, so we made our digital streaming work on a ‘Pay What You Can’ model – you still book a ticket, but you choose to pay whatever you’re financially able to.
In Australia we’ve got $5, $10, $20 tickets, and for UK show we’ve got £3, £5, £10 tickets.
Or, if money is tight, you can book a free ticket. We just ask that if you choose the free ticket option, you help spread the word by either liking the artist’s Facebook page, sharing the event, or signing up to the Serious Comedy Newsletter.
We’ve got a proper set up with a professional film director and fancy kit for the shows, so they still cost us a bit of money to put on, but not as much as a physical-in-person show in a bricks and mortar venue – and this work, with a few tweaks, is how we earn our income in non-global pandemic times as well.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All of these shows are happening using an app called Zoom. You’ve probably already come across it in the last month, but for the uninitiated, Zoom is like Skype, but generally much better.
So, once you book your ticket, you’ll receive an email with all the details you’ll need to access the Zoom session (including instructions on how to use it if you’re not a tech-minded person).
Zoom doesn’t cost you anything (there is a free basic model and only the host needs to upgrade – so we absorb those costs), and it’s pretty easy to use. If you want to have a look at what it’s all about you can create a free login and download the app from https://zoom.us/
If you’ve already seen a show and want to make a donation, you can click here!
These shows are proudly supported by the City of Melbourne's
ANDREW MCCLELLAND: A Seated Walking Tour Of Western Europe
The ONLY responsible way to travel.
Armed with Google Street View, a big screen and an enthusiastic but flawed knowledge of history, Andrew guides you (rather hurriedly) through Europe’s greatest cities and towns. See the things! Learn their stories! Get no exercise!
Never has a European walking tour been so quick, funny and indeed, cost effective.
YIANNI AGISILAOU: Australia Says Welcome (Conditions Apply)
1965: Yianni’s Mum is called a dirty w*g by her teachers.
1994: Yianni is called the same by his classmates.
2019: Yianni is FINALLY called a straight white guy. Achievement, unlocked.
From his roots in Cyprus (ancient island colonised by the Brits) to Australia (ahem…) Yianni presents an hour of stories and stand up for anyone from anywhere else (and that’s most of us) about when Australia says (and doesn’t say) welcome.
Poems to Lockdown to
A short evening of poetry to captivate and delight the soul during lockdown, performed by Alan Lovett.
Expect works both serious and funny from Banjo Paterson, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Spike Milligan, Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath and Roald Dahl among many others.
Get a taste of Alan’s magical performance in this 30 second video.
LOUISA FITZHARDINGE: Comma Sutra
Louisa’s found true love in the English language, but it’s hard being a grammar nerd when there are people selling ‘potato’s’ and misusing the word ‘literally’ at every turn. All she really wants is someone who’ll snuggle up with her on the couch and seductively whisper puns into her ear. Ideally in multiple languages. Is that too much to ask?
It’s nerdy. It’s pun-filled. And it might just make you want to learn a language… or at least start erasing those damn stray apostrophes on cafe blackboards.
YIANNI AGISILAOU: The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know
Internet eh? Maude eh?
Whether you’re a Simpsons tragic or just love the best show in TV history, this is one fun-diddly-un hour full of impressions, facts and stories including the true tale of how I almost ended up as the replacement voice for Mr Burns and Smithers. DOHn’t miss it!
The Worst Game Show Ever
It’s a fun night-in of pandemonium, a perfect end to Saturday, whether you’ve been day drinking, watching kids (or both). This show is wildly overpromising in every regard.
Guest comedians battle it out in the ultimate Serious Comedy game show night. In a series of increasingly challenging questions and potentially life threatening tasks, there can only be one (maybe two) winner(s). The show may be padded out with sketches, stand-up and other performances if aforementioned challenges are rejected on the basis of health and safety.
RAMA NICHOLAS The Lucky Ones
A romantic comedy adventure unlike any other – a master of character-comedy and storytelling, Rama sweep you off your feet in this hilariously juicy tale about love, sex and romantic relationships.
The story follows the warm and buttery character Carmen Walters, a seemingly ordinary middle-aged woman. But Carmen is anything but ordinary – she is a cult romance and erotica writer. In an exposé of her most noted stories, Carmen takes us on a seductively wild and intimate journey, unfolding new worlds where sexual tension, forbidden love and happy endings all play a leading role.
Winner Brisbane Tour Ready Award (2018) Nominee 2017 Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe (2017), Golden Gibbo Award Melb Comedy Fest (2017)
SIMON PALOMARES Locked Down and Loaded
Oops! You missed this one, but you can check out Simon’s amazing recipe for French Apple Tart – along with the clip of him making it live on Zoom over on the blog page.