Category Archives: Comedy

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

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Never Not Funny – June

Never Not Funny – June

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

April Alternative Comedy Happenings

Hi, we’ve been a bit absent around here lately, sorry about that. We worked on some festivals, went to New York and saw some shows then went to Palm Springs and chilled out in the desert and now we are back.

First up for Campfire Collective in 2012 is our comedy partnership with The Standard. We are going to be working with the good folks at The Standard to bring you a monthly alternative comedy program. We’ve got some exciting artists in the works so watch this space for announcements.

The night kicks off on Wed April 11th at 8pm with Never Not Funny.

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Yes we now know that Jimmy Pardo has a podcast called Never Not Funny and if he wants us to change the name we will *. Probably to WTF or Funny or Die or something …

On the subject of alternative comedy, we just wanted to give a shout out to our friends Cab Sav who are running a monthly comedy and performance night Club Cab Sav at GoodGod. Those guys put on great stuff so we highly recommend getting yourselves there.

Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming Storytelling workshops at Newtown Library.

Oh we are also getting a new website and thats pretty exciting.

* Update – Jimmy doesn’t mind. Just in case y’all were worried.

Canada’s freshest* export makes Sydney debut at Corridor

*We’re yet to find a fresher Canadian than the excellent Christophe Davidson.

He’s never even been to Sydney. He’s been here about four days, and until last night he didn’t know he was making his Sydney debut on Saturday. That’s pretty fresh. Seeing as Campfire Collective have been rocking Corridor bar on King St with comedy for the last three weeks, we wanted to go out with a bang on our last night this Saturday 7th May, so we’ve asked Christophe to give Sydney his awesome show – Where’s My Vagina. After seeing this show at Melbourne Comedy Festival we decided it was a crime if Sydney never got the chance to see it.

It’s less about vaginas than you might think (but there is a little bit about vaginas which is very funny). It’s a personal and poignant show about how growing up surrounded by females shaped him into a hilarious, sensitive man who would rather make love than war. That last bit was blurb as you can tell, but it’s 100% true, I’ve seen this man dance and its a sensitive life affirming thing to witness, as is this truly very funny comedy show.

So, please join us for the best value international comedy show this season.

Christophe Davidson in Where’s My Vagina
Saturday 7th May, 6pm
Corridor, 153 King St, Newtown
Tickets $10 at the door,
or reserve your tickets here as seats are strictly limited

“Amazing…somehow dirty and refreshing all at once.” -Montreal Main

Four and a Half Stars – Talk Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival

“Davidson’s gentle nature makes a refreshing change from the usual, aggressive, in-your-face style of stand-up.” Adelaide Now, Adelaide Fringe. This is a good point, because Christophe’s not one of those pretty male model comedians pretending to be sensitive so as to semi date-abuse you later. 

This review mentioned that by being about Christophe being in touch with his feminine side that the show risked “coming across all preachy and possibly a little bit gay”. Uh oh. Irony? I don’t know. Despite this massive credibility kicker to the reviewer, it said nice things like “In reality, Davidson is a real man with sound thoughts of not only what women want, but blokes too and the results are pretty much on the mark and consistently amusing to say the least. From Viagra to waif models and conceited hot chicks to why we should celebrate monogamy with greeting cards Davidson knows the power of the vagina, and he’s not afraid to muse upon it. Good one.” Steve Jones, DB Magazine.

christophedavidson.com

The best in alternative comedy at Corridor closes this week – don’t miss out

Just one more week, four more nights of the best in alternative comedy at Corridor for Sydney Comedy Festival. Check out the final week’s shit hot show lineup. Each show is just $18 thanks to Sydney Comedy Festival’s FRESH! program. If you want it even  cheaper, on Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm there’s Corridor Club, a late night local laugh out for only $12 featuring a mash up of Corridor artists, and a few festival special guests. See below for details and booking info for all the shows at Corridor.

The Lemon Lime Time Funtacular Occurence Hour with Ryan Withers Right On
Tuesday – Saturday at 7pm
He was nominated for Best Newcomer at Melbourne Comedy Festival last year, he’s on FBi, and was recently named by Sydney Morning Herald’s Metro as the #1 Next Big Thing in comedy.
Click here for more info

Michael Workman:
Humans are Beautiful
Tuesday – Saturday at 8:15pm 
This show just won him the title of Best Newcomer at Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011.  The story of Michael, a dog and an art student, deconstructing war, fear and life itself, with lots of good jokes!
Click here for more info

Eric Hutton
I’m So Adorable and Quirky
Tuesday – Saturday at 9:30pm
An stream of consciousness feat of comic brilliance Hutton will also perform some of his hits. He’s supported Mark Watson, Wil Anderson, Jamie Kilstein and his dulcet deep tones have been heard on Triple J and other places.
Click here for more info

Corridor Club is on at 10:30pm Friday and Saturday night.

Corridor kicks off in sellout style at Sydney Comedy Festival

Lou Sanz

Lou Sanz smashes Sydney with sell out shows on her Sydney Comedy Festival debut

Newtown’s favourite neighbourhood small bar kicked off it’s Sydney Comedy Festival stint in style this week, packing the converted comedy sharehouse with sold out shows, smiles and sexy times.

Don’t miss Evin Donohoe in International Homewrecker and  Lou Sanz in Please Don’t Use My Flannel for That – A Memoir.

Lou will hit the wireless waves on 2SER’s The Friday Daily tomorrow with Kylar Lousikkian. Tune in on 107.3FM or visit 2ser.com.au and stream that shit.

Corridor is thrilled to be hosting Melbourne wunder-comedy-kind Tommy Dassalo who has been going buckwild in his show Buckwild at Corridor this week. He’s been doing comedy since he was 16 so he’s already an old hand. Tommy has written for the telly (Rove, Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation, TV Burp), appeared on the telly (The Librarians, Sleuth 101) and watched the telly (The Shield, Friday Night Lights, Dexter).

And don’t miss Saturday night late night comedy fix Corridor Club, the late night variety alternative club show featuring Corridor’s resident comedians and special houseguests from across the festival for a tiny $12. Saturday 23 April features Genevieve Fricker (RAW Comedy National Finalist 2011), Eric Hutton (Triple J) , secret guests and many more.

Corridor is Newtown’s hottest small bar hosting a brand new independent alternative comedy during Sydney Comedy Festival 2011. All tickets to all shows are only $18. Pair excellent new comedy with the best food, wine, cocktails and beer selection in Newtown. Visit corridorbar.com.au

Say Cheese (NOT!)

Rich Fulcher (c) 2011 by zakarij photography

Rich Fulcher (c) 2011 by zakarij photography

We’re way excited that one of our favourite photographers Zak Kaczmarek of zakarij photography will exhibit a collection of his amazing portraits of comedians at Corridor Bar during Sydney Comedy Festival. This one of Rich Fulcher from The Mighty Boosh is one of our faves. The collection includes Josie Long, Nick Thune, Jamie Kilstein, Paul Provenza and many more. Check it out at Corridor Bar from 19th April – 7th May.