New website!

Hi, if you’ve found us here there has been some error.

We are now over at www.campfirecollective.com.au

New website on its way

 

Our new website will be up soon. Yay.

In the meantime you can buy tickets to Cameron James Nite Zoo at the Sydney Fringe here

http://2013.sydneyfringe.com/event/comedy/cameron-james-nite-zoo

and book in for our next Late Night Library, Never Not Funny show featuring Nikki Britton here

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/7892734381/eorg

Come back and check out our new website soon. We think its rather nice.

The Harvest has been reaped

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Ok so it’s been a week or two and we’ve finally overcome our Harvest Festival withdrawals. For the second year, Campfire Collective officially got on board the Harvest Festival tour, taking our shows Vaudevillage and The Comedy Picnic to very pleasant Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane audiences. Thanks to the thirty something artists that performed in our shows across all three festival locations and to Harvest Festival and to the audiences who came out to see us. See you in 2013!

 

Late Night Library is back, and Newtown-y, and never not funny-y

The New Conway Dimension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the pull-out-all-the-stops runaway success of Late Night Library at Surry Hills, including an FBI Radio SMAC Award nomination for Best Arts Event, like any good cult, LNL is back with more branches – this time in Newtown. 2042? 204-you more like it. This time it’s at Newtown Library, a former Salvation Army Hall with a quaint quiet gallery space – and Campfire Collective plan to tear the roof off the sucker with a laughter explosion.

Campfire Collective presents Never Not Funny at Late Night Library, Newtown. Every few weeks Campfire Collective let you sit back and relax and take in a healthy dose of mirth as the laughter monster splits your sides with a fast and furious giggle-fest with the best and brightest in alternative and emerging comedy and some special surprises.

And hold on, let’s not forget, this is all FREE thanks to City of Sydney. So take that hard earned cash, hit our friends at Corridor bar or some such King Street establishment for a drink, get yourself some din dins and then head over to polish the night off with free laughs, wine and cheese.  But don’t forget to BOOK as these things always go quick.

The first announcement for November features the mad and wonderful John Conway; and the weird, casual and dual Smart Casual. Read on my pretties.

Never Not Funny, Wednesday November 14, 8:30pm
The New Conway Dimension feat John Conway & Michael Burke
So What is The New Conway Dimension? It’s like Michael organised a space party and Conway arrived with a variety of lizards and everyone got worried that Conway and the lizards were going to ruin the party; but it turned out that the lizards were amazing DJ’s and Conway is a mad MC. Or as John describes the show, “It’s like if a new bird was found and everyone wanted to be around it all the time.”

Yeah, it’s just like that. Fresh from hit runs at Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre, in just a few years Conway’s unconventional and eccentric approach to comedy has confirmed him as an underground cult hit at international festivals around the world with over-zealous fans and sell out performances.

Best Newcomer Nominee Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011
“This Sh*t is Live” ★★★★ Herald Sun
“Enough bonhomie to bring hilarity to the masses” ★★★★  The List, UK
“Conway simply has funny bones.” Chortle UK
“Demented, in a wonderful way.” The Age

Late Night Library fills up very fast, please book here for Conway

Check out vids of Conway gearing up for Friday Night Dubstep or doing an ad, to get an idea of what you may or may not be in for.

Never Not Funny, Wednesday November 28, 8:30pm
Smart Casual in Childhood

In 50 minutes, Smart Casual will recreate their childhood on stage. They will delve into their past and explore their secret boyish desires. They will look at the fads and the people that made the first part of their life very, very special – wankers. A rollicking referential ride through the best of the 80, 90s and 000s brought to life with the diamond (ok, cubic zirconia) wit of Smart Casual; get ready to relive their unhealthy and damn funny childhood.

‘You won’t have to wait long between laughs in this fast-paced adventure.”
★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser
“Immediately likeable. Aussie laconic humour is alive and well.” The Age

Late Night Library fills up very fast, please book here for Smart Casual

Never Not Funny – June

Never Not Funny – June

Never Not Funny in June.
Check it. Its going to be awesome.

Storytelling 101 at Newtown Library

Tonight marked Campfire Collective’s workshop debut, presenting Storytelling 101 in the gallery at Newtown Library. Whether you were there, or you weren’t, here’s some of the stuff we covered.

The brain that tells itself stories

Once you’ve read it if you want to see a young Dr. Gazzaniga demonstrating the experiment in this rare documentary, start here at 6:45

And then years later a present Dr. Gazzaniga explaining the theory of The Interpreter – the brain function that seeks stories to explain our own actions.

Click here to download Lizz Winstead’s 25c spa story at itunes (free)

After tonight our follow up intensive Storytelling 102 is already full, but don’t worry all you aspiring storytellers, we’re already planning an overflow session in the first few weeks of June, and a showcase event in August to bring all the stories to a stage. So start mining for memories right now!

Story things that we like:
http://themoth.org/
All The Best FBi Radio Podcast
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

The end of the story. You heard the beginning of this story which started at the end, now hear the rest. Listen to what happened after the men with the guns burst in on Johnny Marigliano.

Melbourne in April means Comedy

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We headed down to Melbourne over the weekend for the Comedy Festival and managed to fit in some eating and shopping around the laughs.

We had been wanting to visit Burch and Purchese in South Yarra after we read about it on Lee Tran Lam’s blog and it did not disappoint. We bought up big with a milk chocolate,  pumpkin, bacon and maple cake, honeycomb and popcorn rubble, signature Gold Bullion Bars ( salted caramel encased in dark spanish chocolate dusted with gold and Never Say Never Again biscuits – flavoured with muscavado sugar, coconut, shaved white chocolate and orange. The cake was a perfect match of sweet and savory, like bacon and maple syrup pancakes on top of a spiced pumpkin pie, the honeycomb and popcorn rubble was another winning match of sweet and salty, the Bullion Bars were a little too sweet for my liking and the biscuits were incredibly moreish.

I needed a little sit down after all that sugar so we headed over to the Wheeler Centre for the Melbourne Comedy Festival Jeez Louise: Funny Women’s Business forum with Kevin Whyte, the Managing Director of Token Entertainment, MaryAnne Carroll, Executive Producer of Comedy at Network 7, comedy veteran Judith Lucy and comedy newcomer Anne Edmonds. The session focused on agents and representation – What do they do? Why get one? How to get one? Do you need one? Will having an agent change everything? We did some live tweeting if you want to check out some of the discussion.

Saturday night we caught four shows between us, Zoe Coombs Marr in Gone Off, Jennifer Wong in Ouch and Other  Words, Christophe Davidson in The Time of Your Life and UK guest Simon Munnery in Hats Off to the 101ers and other material.

Sunday morning was bright and sunny so we took off early out to Camberwell Markets for some bargain hunting. The markets are awesome! We picked up some great brass pieces and lamented that we couldn’t take home some of the great mid century and industrial furniture pieces. Camberwell Markets are on every Sunday and well worth the 25min train ride from the CBD.

The RAW Comedy National final was on Sunday afternoon and Michael was one of the judges along with Susan Provan the Director of Melbourne Comedy Festival, Todd Abbott who had an afternoon off his role as producer on Josh Thomas’ new TV sitcom, comedy expert Steve Bennett from UK website Chortle, comedian Dave Callan, and Steve Lock from London’s Soho Theatre. We try to catch the RAW final every year and this year it was a really strong group of aspiring comedians from across Australia. Character based comedy was the popular this year with no musical comedy to be seen. The winners Lessons with Luis were hilarious. They’ve got a full length show on in the festival and I would have really liked to check it out. Their videos are here.

We ducked into the Hi-Fi for Sunday night Haus Party hosted by our favourites Die Roten Punkte and caught New Zealand duo Theatre Beating and Dr Brown.

All in all a fun weekend. Bring on Sydney Comedy Festival.