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Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in. It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.
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Aug 22, 2019

Andrew Doyle is a stand up comedian and satirist who's written for Jonathan Pie, created the parody twitter character Titania McGrath, writes for Spiked Online and runs a "free-thinking" comedy night in London called Comedy Unleashed. But, unlike others who criticise social justice and the "woke movement", Andrew comes at these issues from a Leftist perspective.  

Here we chat about why Andrew is so concerned about "wokeness" and how he sees it affecting society, comedy and free speech. We cover the state of Brexit (and why he thinks voting to Remain isn't a left-wing position), fascism and his attitude towards how his work is interpreted. 

You can be a hero in this world and support this show by becoming a Patron now if you like

ENOUGH is on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival NOW! 9pm at the Monkey Barrelpay to reserve a ticket or Pay What You Feel on exit

Then ENOUGH is at the Soho Theatre from Monday September 2nd

Check out my new podcast with Audible, What’s the Story?

@andrewdoyle_com

@TitaniaMcGrath

andrewdoyle.co.uk

Andrew's writing at Spiked Online

Andrew's show Exodus at the Edinburgh Fringe 

Titania McGrath's Mxnifesto at the Edinburgh Fringe

Woke: A Guide To Social Justice by Titania Mcgrath

Alistair Williams' twitter account @awilliamscomedy

Oscar Wilde's The Soul of Man Under Socialism 

The Once and Future Liberal by Mark Lilla on Amazon

Inside London's "free speech" comedy night by Yohann Koshy for Vice

Cause of the Week: Action With Effect (actionwitheffect.org

Aug 14, 2019

Grace Petrie is a socialist, feminist, lesbian singer-songwriter whose political songs place a fire in my heart and whose love songs break my heart. She's brilliant and I feel very lucky to have her on this show. 

In this chat I ask Grace about being labelled a "protest singer", her agenda when it comes to her music, the importance of representation, Hannah Gadsby, trans rights, battling with TERFs and Jeremy Corbyn. 

Plus at the end she bloody sings a song for us! It is great! 

You can be a hero in this world and support this show by becoming a Patron now if you like

ENOUGH is on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival NOW! 9pm at the Monkey Barrelpay to reserve a ticket or Pay What You Feel on exit

Then ENOUGH is at the Soho Theatre from Monday September 2nd

Check out my new podcast with Audible, What’s the Story?

@gracepetrie

gracepetrie.com

Grace's tour dates

ARTICLE: Protest music: steel in the hour of chaos

Grace's Facebook post after TERFs disrupted her show 

Cause of the Week: UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (uklgig.org.uk)

Aug 6, 2019

CONTENT WARNING: This episode involves discussion of sexual assault

Daniel Sloss is a Scottish comedian who has sold out shows around the world, appeared on Conan shitloads of times and has two specials on Netflix. I'm also lucky enough to consider him a friend.

Daniel's latest show X deals with toxic masculinity and his personal response to an incident involving the sexual assault of a friend. It's a funny and thoughtful response to gender politics, call-out culture, sexual violence and #MeToo. In this conversation (recorded back in March), Daniel and I have a frank and at times tricky conversation about how to navigate this kind of terrain, the ethics of writing offensive and dark comedy and how we can all try to make the most of this cultural reckoning with the widespread scourge of sexual misconduct.

We also have a few laughs. 

I'm keen to hear any and all feedback on this episode: my email is tom@tomballard.com.au 

You can be a hero in this world and support this show by becoming a Patron now if you like

ENOUGH is on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival NOW! 9pm at the Monkey Barrel, pay to reserve a ticket or Pay What You Feel on exit

Then ENOUGH is at the Soho Theatre from Monday September 2nd

Check out my new podcast with Audible, What's the Story?

@daniel_sloss

Daniel's show is at the Fringe for three nights only  

danielsloss.com

Cause of the Week: Rape & Domestic Violence Australia (rape-dvservices.org.au), Rape Crisis Scotland (rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

Jul 30, 2019

James Ball is a journalist and the current Global Editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He worked with WikiLeaks on the Iraq War documents leak in 2010 and was part of The Guardian team that helped published the Edward Snowden sneaks about the NSA. 

Last week I sat down with James in a London heatwave to reflect on Boris Johnson becoming PM, stockpiling for a no-deal Brexit, the way bullshit works in today's politics, the anti-Semitism scandal in the British Labour Party and the plight of Julian Assange. 

You can be a hero in this world and support this show by becoming a Patron now if you like

ENOUGH starts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival tomorrow night! 9pm at the Monkey Barrel for the rest of the month

Then ENOUGH is at the Soho Theatre from Monday September 2nd

I'm on the latest episode of The Bugle with Andy Zaltzman & Nato Green

@jamesrbuk

jamesrball.com

James' writing at The New Statesman

James' writing at Buzzfeed

James' writing at The Guardian

James' speech Bathing in Bullshit, 2017

ARTICLE: Inside the Strange, Paranoid World of Julian Assange by James Ball

ARTICLE: Chelsea Manning is in jail. Our silence is shameful by James Ball

ARTICLE: Labour says it will would end the welfare freeze (BBC NEWS)

ARTICLE: The Strange Case of Julian Assange by Bernard Keane

Cause of the Week: Overgate Hospice (overgatehospice.co.uk)

Jul 24, 2019

Corey White is a comedian and writer with a pretty remarkable personal story. His memoir The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory is a funny, dark and brutally honest account of being raised in a violent working class home, being put through the harsh foster care system, struggling with issues of sexual identity and drug addiction and eventually becoming the comedian and man he is today.

Here, Corey and I compare notes on our very different childhoods and discuss issues of class, being a member of the lumpenproletariat, the welfare state, outrage, the case for a UBI and "fusionism". We laugh a lot throughout. 

Woahhh how cool you can support this show by becoming a Patron please radical, man! 

Then ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August (next week) and the Soho Theatre in September

@MrCoreyWhite

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory through Penguin 

An extract from the book 

Corey's event at the Moonee Ponds Library on Monday July 29th

ARTICLE: Corey White on childhood trauma, foster care and comedy: 'It's a factory for the insane' 

Corey on Q&A discussing incentivised contraception

Cause of the Week: The Pyjama Foundation (thepyjamafoundation.com)

Jul 16, 2019

Former Greens senator and lifelong campaigner Lee Rhiannon has been fighting on the Left since she was fifteen years old. 

Almost a year on from stepping down as a Senator for NSW after losing preselection to Mehreen Faruqi, Lee talks to me about being spied on by ASIO from the age of seven, being raised by socialist parents, the state of the union movement, just how badly neoliberalism has knocked around the Left, the tensions that continue to frustrate the Australian Greens and how the party can find a better way to reach out to working people.

Woahhh how cool you can support this show by becoming a Patron please radical, man! 

I’m doing a preview of ENOUGH at The Bill Murray in London on Tuesday July 23rd

Then ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and the Soho Theatre in September

@LeeRhiannon

leerhiannon.org.au

ARTICLE: Outgoing Lee Rhiannon urges Greens to resist 'careerism and bullying'

ARTICLE: Enemies within as Greens are caught in civil war

Cause of the Week: Frontline Action on Coal (frontlineaction.org)

Jul 9, 2019

Playwright, commentator and activist Van Badham is back on the podcast after she joined me in July of 2015

Since then Van has been a passionate advocate for the re-election of a Labor government and a scathing critic of The Australian Greens. I was keen to dig further into her thinking on that and ask her what she thought went wrong in the 2019 federal election (the answer might surprise you). Van mounts a vigorous defence of Labor's policies here and explains why she sees it as the major hope for the socialist Left in Australia. 

Plus also you will hear her dog barking in the background. 

Woahhh how cool you can support this show by becoming a Patron please radical, man! 

I'm doing two previews of ENOUGH at The Bill Murray in London on July 16th & 23rd

Then ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and the Soho Theatre in September

@vanbadham

Van's Facebook page

Van's play Banging Denmark at the Sydney Opera House

Van's opinion pieces:

Labor's support for tax cuts is an unfathomable betrayal of principle

Australian Labor led centre-left parties into neoliberalism. Can they lead it out?

Labour has a chance if it replaces Corbyn. Look at Australia in 1983 

Time to hail Hilary Clinton - and face down the testosterone left

How I fell out of love with the Greens: a personal story about the Labor Party

The ALP National Platform 2018

ARTICLE: Van Badham's defence of Hillary Clinton is insufferable right wing crap by Sarah Garnham

ARTICLE: Van Badham's defence of Clinton is preposterous by Michael Brull

ARTICLE: It wasn't Bob Brown who lost the election, it was the Labor Party by James Norman

ARTICLE: How Australia's Labor Party Lost an Un-Loseable Election by Daniel Lopez

Cause of the Week: The Australian Labor Party (alp.org.au

Jul 2, 2019

Josh Bornstein is an employment and IR lawyer at Maurice & Blackburn and the director at the Australia Institute.

He's been increasingly concerned about the level of control that Australian employers have gained over their employees' freedom of speech and expression. So when it comes to the case of Israel Falou, he's been (controversially) outspoken about the legal ramifications for workers if we accept that your boss can fire you for saying the wrong thing. 

Here Josh and I take the time to flesh out his argument on this, how one can unequivocally condemn what Falou said but still object to him losing his job and what the implications for this saga might be for anti-discrimination protections moving forward.  

Be the change you want to be in the world and support this show by becoming a Patron please

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and the Soho Theatre in September

@JoshBBornstein 

joshbornstein.com.au

ARTICLE: Cricket Australia's Angela Williamson won't be the last fired for having an opinion by Josh Bornstein

ARTICLE: Sacked for speaking your mind? Don't expect the free speech brigade to help by Jason Wilson  

ARTICLE: Integrity - it's all Greek to the hypocrites of the Right by Josh Bornstein

ARTICLE: With Israel Folau the church demands a kind of free speech that keeps gays in the firing line by David Marr

ARTICLE: Everyone Is Wrong About Israel Falou by Lane Sainty

Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

Cause of the Week: The Centre for Future Work (futurework.org.au)

Jun 25, 2019

Jeremy Poxon is a social security activist and the media officer for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union. His spicy twitter account regularly draws attention to the plight of unemployed and underemployed people in Australia, from those living on Newstart to people on Work for the Dole to folks just trying to survive in the gig economy. 

Here Jeremy explains exactly how organising unemployed workers in a union works, why capitalism is antithetical to the idea of (actual) full employment, why Labor's centrism SUCKS BUTT, what's involved in a jobs guarantee and what an Australian Green New Deal might look like.  

Be the change you want to be in the world and support this show by becoming a Patron please

ENOUGH is on in Collingwood in Melbourne this Friday & Saturday night

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and the Soho Theatre in September

@jeremypoxon

unemployedworkersunion.com

progress2019.org.au

jobguarantee.org

ARTICLE: Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism by Jeremy Poxon, Jon Piccini and Tash Neenan

ARTICLE: What Good Are Billions of Surplus Dollars When People Are Starving? by Jeremy Poxon  

ARTICLE: The demerit system is ruthless social policy, designed to keep the poor powerless by Jeremy Poxon

ARTICLE: Living on Newstart: 'I don't eat every day. That saves some money I guess' by Gay Alcorn

Cause of the Week: The Unemployed Workers Union (unemployedworkersunion.com)

Jun 11, 2019

Something a little bit different for you this week: highlights from a live performance of A Rational Fear at Queensland's inaugural Climate Week.

There were jokes and songs and facts about the impending climate crisis, featuring myself, Dan Ilic, Melinda ButtleSteph TisdellLewis HobbaProf. Hilary Bambrick and Bridie Connell & Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd. Enjoy. 

You can support this show by becoming a Patron which would be very very nice of you

ENOUGH is coming to Newcastle this Friday night

Then Sydney on Saturday night 

Then Geelong and Melbourne later in the month 

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and the Soho Theatre in September

@ARationalFear

A Rational Fear on Soundcloud

ARationalFear.substack.com

 

Jun 4, 2019

Jonathan Green is a veteran journalist and broadcaster who presents at the ABC and edits the literary magazine Meanjin

He's been working as a journo since the late 70s so I thought he'd be a good person to reflect on how the political media is serving us in 2019 (hint: it's not). We talk about exactly why Jonathan thinks politics is "bollocks", the corrosive influence of the Murdoch media empire and whether there's anything to do about it, the smallness of the "Lucky Country" and the challenges ahead for progressive politics.  

If you like this show and can support a wittle bit please do so by becoming a Patron

ENOUGH is coming to Newcastle, Geelong, Sydney & Melbourne

A Rational Fear is coming to Brisbane for Climate Week this Thursday June 6th

I’ll be back in Brisbane on Sunday June 30th for the MELT Gala

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

@GreenJ

meanjin.com.au

Jonathan Green on ABC RN

ARTICLE: 'Prefer to battle News Corp than Scott Morrison': Michael Miller slams Labor by Jennifer Duke

ARTICLE: What counts as rich now? by Mike Seccombe

Cause of the Week: The Smith Family's Sponsor-A-Child Program (thesmithfamily.com.au)

May 21, 2019

Gideon Rozner is a Liberal Party member and the director of policy at free market think tank The Institute of Public Affairs. He loves markets and freedom and shit like that. 

I'd booked this discussion in prior to the weekend's election results which for SOME FUCKING BONKERS reason s3aw the Morrison government re-elected. Gideon was very pleased with the result and in this conversation we discuss what he think happened, what Morrison will actually do, his climate scepticism, "class warfare", abolishing the Fair Work Act and how much money he won by betting on the election.  

You can support the show by becoming a Patron yes please thanks

ENOUGH is coming to Newcastle, Geelong, Sydney & Melbourne

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

@GideonCRozner

Gideon's profile on The IPA website 

20 Policies to Fix Australia by The IPA 

Gideon talks Peter Ridd on Sky News Outsiders

ARTICLE: Climate sceptics see a conspiracy in Australia's record-breaking heat by Graham Readfearn

ARTICLE: Australian Labor's Miliband Moment by Osmond Chiu

ARTICLE: We live in anti-political times by Elizabeth Humphrys

Cause of the Week: Give Money To Homeless People (or alternatively support Justice Connect's Homeless Law justiceconnect.org.au)

May 14, 2019

Singapore-based fund manager Alex Turnbull is the son of the ousted PM Malcolm and self-described "activist in most senses of the word". 

Since the leadership coup in August of last year, Alex has been publicly scathing of the state of the Liberal Party and has actively campaigned to get centrist independents elected in traditionally safe Liberal seats. Alex joined me via Skype to talk with me about about his new approach to politics and public debate, what the heck the "sensible centre" really means and whether or not his dad ever watched my TV show.

You can support the show by becoming a Patron, don’t-ya-know

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

I'm hosting the Smokestack Comedy Gala is on at Monash University this Friday night

Please support the Refugee Council's Choose Humane campaign

@alexbhturnbull

ARTICLE: Alex Turnbull, former PM's son, names 'top 5 craziest Liberals'

ARTICLE: Alex Turnbull takes aim at News Corp

ARTICLE: Alex Turnbull puts his money where his non-Liberal mouth is

Dirty Power: Big Coal's network of influence over the Coalition government by Greenpeace

Cause of the Week: Carbon Tracker (carbontracker.org

May 8, 2019

Richard Di Natale is a Senator for Victoria and the leader of the Australian Greens. His seat isn't up this election but he is out there campaigning hard for the Greens to retain their positions in the Senate and potentially pick up some lower house seats too.

In this conversation we covered a lot, from Richard's thoughts on the egging of the PM to the ghosts of social media past sinking young people's political careers to his party's political fortunes to capitalism to MDMA. But it's clear that the Greens' and Richard's passion is focussed on the existential threat of climate change (as you'd expect). Here Richard outlines the importance of the battle against Adani, the bizarre coal culture war and what a just transition for coal miners might actually look like.

You can support the show by becoming a Patron, don't-ya-know

ENOUGH is on at the Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only this week! WOW!

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

@RichardDiNatale

richard-di-natale.greensmps.org.au

Richard's speech at the National Press Club

The Greens' election platform (read it please)

350.org's documentary Accelerate Climate Action 

ARTICLE: Whither the Greens? How a reckoning looms for a party fighting to hang on by Paddy Manning

ARTICLE: What is next for the Australian Greens? by Martin McKenzie-Murray

ARTICLE: I'm willing to go to jail to stop Adani and save our beloved country. Will you stand with me? by Richard Flanagan

Cause of the Week: The Australian Greens (greens.org.au)

Apr 30, 2019

My childhood friend Alex Dyson is a very nice and very funny man who I got to host the triple j breakfast show with for four years. 

Now, somewhat insanely, he is running as an independent candidate in our home seat of Wannon in south-west Victoria. It's a seat that's been held by the Liberals for 64 years and is currently held by Minister for Education Dan Tehan by a margin of 10%. 

We drank a lot of wine, watched the godawful Leaders' Debate and had a long and fun and slightly-tipsy chat about his politics, why he thinks it's worth running in a safe seat, political ideology and Lupe Fiasco. We laughed, we reminisced, we respectfully disagreed, we danced. Enjoy!  

Become a Patron of the show (please) yummy money yum yum

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only next week

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

@alexdyson

Alex's very good instagram

ARTICLE: Legit Political Candidate Alex "Sesh Gremlin" Dyson Revealed Why He's Running 

PM Julia Gillard Addresses the End of the World

Cause of the Week: Dangerous Females (dangerousfemales.com.au

Apr 24, 2019

Kath Larkin is a unionist and socialist activist. She’s the Victorian Socialists candidate for the seat of Cooper (formerly Batman) in the 2019 federal election, running against Labor’s Ged Kearney.

In this conversation Kath told me about asking Jordan Peterson a question on Q&A (that he didn’t like), her history of union organising, why she’s running in Cooper (and whether she’s going to win), her vision of a socialist future in Australia and she maintains hope in the idea of achieving radical change.

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

ENOUGH is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

@vic_socialists

Kath Larkin's Victorian Socialists candidate page

Kath Larkin's campaign on Facebook 

Kath's writing for Red Flag

Kath's episode of Q&A 

Cause of the Week: Victorian Socialists (victoriansocialists.org.au

Apr 18, 2019

Simon Holmes à Court is an energy transition expert. He's a Senior Advisor to at the Climate Energy College at Melbourne University, sits on the board of the Smart Energy Council and spends a lot of his time on twitter correcting the likes of Josh Frydenberg and Chris Uhlmann when they say silly wrong things about climate and energy issues issues.

In this conversation (recorded on an unseasonably warm April day), Simon talks me through the influence of fossil fuel money, the dumb culture war between coal and renewables, why he's a climate optimist and what the parties are offering in this climate election.

MAKE SURE YOU'RE ENROLLED TO VOTE BY 8PM TONIGHT PLEASE!!!

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH has just four shows left at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 

Plus I’m doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 2 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

@simonahac

Simon's writing at The Guardian

Simon's writing on medium

Article: No, Minister Canavan, coal will not be king for 20 more years

Article: Australia's energy policy is a tangled mess built on a foundation of lies 

Cause of the Week: Margo Kingston's #IndependentsDay for Climate Change Action on chuffed.org

Apr 9, 2019

Greg Larsen is one of the funniest people I've ever met in my whole bloody life. He and I worked together on Tonightly where we made some very silly and naughty comedy together before we were cruelly cancelled by the FASCIST LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.

In this chat I ask Greg to reflect on the Tonightly months, his political punk band The Feminazis, wokeness, debate and the pointlessness of protests.

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival right now! Hot dang!

Plus I’m doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 4 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

My spot at the 2019 Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala

@gregmlarsen

Greg's show Useful Idiot is at Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW

Greg's podcast The Grub

The infamous Tonightly sketch that sparked "Cuntgate"

And this sketch about Germans wanking is one of the funniest things I've ever been involved in

Cause of the Week: Donate to The Australian Greens (greens.org.au/donate

Apr 2, 2019

Sorry about the delayed episode, all! My bad. Comedy Festival is on and all that. Anyway.

Sally McManus has been the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions since 2017. She's the public face of the trade union movement in Australia and she takes little to no shit whatsoever. 

We recorded this chat on the day the ACTU launched their call for the minimum wage to be raised to a living wage. I asked Sally to explain what that means, as well as her stances on democratic socialism, neoliberalism, privatisation, insecure work, just how hard it is to go on strike in Australia and how the ALP could become a helluva lot better.  

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival right now! Hot dang!

Plus I'm doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 6 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

@sallymcmanus

actu.org.au

On Fairness by Sally McManus, Melbourne University Publishing

ARTICLE: Is Sally McManus the woman the Coalition fears most? 

RALLY TO CHANGE THE RULES happening around the country on Wednesday April 10th

changetherules.org.au

Cause of the Week: JOIN YOUR FUCKING UNION PLEASE (australianunions.org.au)

Mar 20, 2019

Samah Sabawi is a playwright, poet and activist who is passionate about fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people. Just days after the horrific massacre in Christchurch, Samah explains to me why she was "disappointed but not shocked" by the horrific attack and how nearly two decades of poisonous Islamophobia has led us to this point. 

Samah also lays out what life is like for Palestinians in their own land, what the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement is calling for and why it's important you #BoycottEurovision2019

Become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My stand-show ENOUGH is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival this week 

Then ENOUGH heads to the Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

@gazaheart

Donate to the families of the Christchurch victims

See Samah's play Them at La Mama Courthouse

ARTICLE: We told you the threat is white supremacy by Randa Abdel-Fattah

ARTICLE: 2,891 Murdoch Media Stories Trashing Islam In A Single Year, Study Reveals by Michael Brull

AustraliansForPalestine.com

Cause of the Week: The BDS petition to #BoycottEurovision2019

Mar 12, 2019

Melissa Davey is the Melbourne Bureau Chief for Guardian Australia. She’s done brilliant reporting about lots of different things over her career, but over the past few weeks has been diligently covering on the trial and conviction of George Pell.

As Pell receives his sentencing today and as we learn more about his case for appeal, Melissa explains what it’s been like following this massive story, the journalistic ethics at play, the judicial process and the reactions from the media and the Church to the guilty verdict.

WARNING: This conversation contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-show ENOUGH is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival next week 

Then ENOUGH heads to the Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

The School Strike 4 Climate is on this Friday!

@MelissaLDavey

Melissa's writing at Guardian Australia

ARTICLE: Cardinal Pell's Conviction: The Questions That Remain

ARTICLE: Andrew Bolt, Please Stop Implying That You Know All The Facts About George Pell by Clare Linane

ARTICLE: Five Times Guilty: How George Pell's Child-Abusing Past Caught Up With Him in Courtroom 

ARTICLE: The inconsistencies of George Pell's defenders just displays their power by Richard Cooke

Cause of the Week: Dementia Australia (dementia-australia.org

Mar 6, 2019

Emma is in Year 11, Anthony has just started uni and together they're involved in organising the second School Strike 4 Climate on Friday March 15th. It's a nation-wide, non-partisan, student-led protest demanding our political leaders take some GODDAMN REAL ACTION on climate change for once please. 

It was an honour to sit down with these two passionate, funny, committed young people to discuss their motivations for organising the march, their hopes for what it might achieve and their thoughts on the very dumb criticism it's received from right-wing dumbos. 

Trust me: listening to this will fill your heart with hope. 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

Unite For The Night @ The Metro, Thursday March 7th

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

@StrikeClimate

schoolstrike4climate.com 

The Swedish 15-year-old who's cutting class to fight the climate crisis

Cause of the Week: SUPPORT THE STRIKE ON FRIDAY MARCH 15TH! SEE YOU THERE! THANKS! 

Feb 26, 2019

Giordano Nanni is a historian and satirist and the driving force behind The Juice Media.

He was the co-creator of the hugely successful Rap News series which has tallied millions of views and featured cameos from the likes of Noam Chomsky and Julian Assange and since 2016 he's been collaborating in his lounge room with his partner Lucy and actors Ellen and Zoe to make the very-funny-and-extremely-on-point Honest Government Ads series. The series has tackled everything from net neutrality to East Timor to the arms trade to Australia Day and they make me laugh and they make me angry. 

Here Giordano and I have a bloody lovely chat about the story of The Juice, how history forms his politics, working with Assange and Chomsky and how doing satire could potentially see him sent to prison for five years. Funny stuff! 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

Unite For The Night @ The Metro, Thursday March 7th 

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

BDS Australia's petition calling on SBS to boycott Eurovision 2019

@thejuicemedia

thejuicemedia.com

on Patreon

on YouTube

"2012 with Noam Chomsky & Anonymous [RAP NEWS X]" 

"Aussie Election: A Game of Polls - feat. Julian Assange [RAP NEWS 20]"

Honest Government Ad | Visit Timor-Leste!

Honest Government Ad | The ABC

Honest Government Ad | Australia Day

Honest Government Ad | A Message For People Smugglers

Cause of the Week: East Timor Women Australia (etwa.org.au)

 

Feb 19, 2019

Aimee Terese is a law student, podcaster and socialist.

Until this week she was the co-host of the Dead Pundits Society podcast in which she picked apart US politics from a Leftist perspective, filling my brain with a bunch of smart insights and funny jokes. She doesn't suffer contradictions or bullshit and I loved getting to pick her brain during this conversation about the origins of her politics, electoralism, "lesser evil voting", Jordan B. Peterson and Bernie Sanders. 

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My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

This Sunday I’m performing in Trevor Ashley’s MARDI GALA at the Sydney Opera House

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

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The Dead Pundits Society podcast (@DeadPundits, on soundcloud)

Aimee on the Revolutionary Left podcast deconstructing liberal intellectuals Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris and Steven Pinker

Cause of the Week: The NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service (alsnswact.org.au)

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