Never Not Funny at the Standard

Tonight cultural through-cutter The Standard launch Sydney’s go-to monthly alternative comedy showcase Never Not Funny. Answering the call for an alternative to the mainstream comedy club scene, Sydney arts producers Campfire Collective have teamed up with the all-purpose performance arts space to flex its funny bone and launch a comedy program of laughs like nowhere else in Sydney, at the economically suicidal price of just $15.

Never Not Funny is a massive mash up of stand up, sketch, music, theatre, performance art and everything in between. The opening showcase tonight features a hit list of stand up, storytellers, writers and theatre makers including Applespiel (as seen at Festival of Dangerous Ideas), Cameron Knight (Comedy Channel), Dave Jory (Triple J), Ben Ellwood (Triple J), Nick Capper, Ben Jenkins (Director, National Young Writers Festival), musical comedy from Genevieve Fricker, and TV’s James Kerley drops in.


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.


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.

Alternative Comedy fest at The Standard

Dear Friends of Laughs. Campfire Collective and The Standard are serving up a sweet sweet gathering of very funny people next Saturday Oct 22 from 8 til late at The Standard, the arts music rumpus room above Kinselas, Surry Hills. Back in the day it hosted the likes of The Beasty Boys, INXS and the Lemonheads. Since it’s reopening last month it’s hosted Neil Finn’s Pajama Club, Custard and now this.

You will see Michael Workman with his Award Winning show Humans Are Beautiful. There’s Michael Hing, Genevieve Fricker and then the super excellent Suitcase Royale play a band set, pumping the dance floor until late. It’s all smashed together in one big night of music, comedy, philosophy, drinks, dancing and all out fun times in a great venue.

Did we mention it’s only $17. No, we forgot to mention that.
Sat Oct 22, 7:30pm, The Standard
Level 3, 383 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Now, some words from our sponsors:

Michael Workman – Humans Are Beautiful
Winner, Best Newcomer, Melbourne Comedy Fest 2011

“Equal parts brilliant and bizarre, Michael is one of the most original voices on the scene in years. If Nick Cave did stand-up it would look like this.” Wil Anderson

“Like Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with gags.” The Herald Sun
“Packed with exquisitely funny lines. Impressive stuff, indeed.” * * * * Chortle UK, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011

“Absolute genius. A beautiful show. Must see territory” * * * * Time Out

“Workman is clearly a precociously talented comic.” Time Out Sydney

Michael Hing Finalist Time Out Best Comedian 2011

Genevieve Fricker 
As heard on JJJ, FBi. “Hilariously dark.” The Age

The Suitcase Royale (Imperial Panda) pump the dance floor til late

“Tom Waits meets the Mighty Boosh” * * * * The Guardian

Late Night Library – Beyond the Fringe

Late Night Library this week goes Beyond the Fringe with free alternative comedy

The Sydney Fringe kicks off this coming week bringing Sydney three weeks of theatre, comedy, visual arts, cabaret and more. Beyond the Fringe at Late Night Library this coming Thursday showcases some of The Fringe’s hottest comedians with titillating teasers from their upcoming shows.

Check out Jennifer Wong, with a chapter or two from Battle Hymn of the Swan Luck Club. A couple of rhymes from Michael Hing‘s show I’m Only Doing This Because They Won’t Let Me Be a Rapper. And Michael Workman, almost direct from Edinburgh Fringe which was part of his prize package from his Best Newcomer Award at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival, will give a snippet from his new show Mercy.

This free show will fill up, so remember, the only way you can guarantee a seat is by booking with the Library on 8374 6230. More info.

Blogfood at Late Night Library

This week at Late Night Library we heard from Sydney’s favourite food bloggers, Lee Tran Lam from The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, Thang Ngo from Noodlies and Howard and Minh from Eat, Show & Tell. Lee Tran shared her thoughts on Sydney hipster food trends, she likes macaroons but is not into cupcakes, Howard shared his Sydney coffee tips, Klink is where its at and his favourite San Fran food vans, Ming showed us her amazing photos of Melbourne food haunts and Thang shared his Noodlies story and Cabramatta’s best noodle joints.

critical INKing at Late Night Library – it’s a wrap

Matte Rochford and Robbie Ho of Ex-Trendy kicked it off at last night’s Late Night Library for critical INKing, Campfire Collective’s talk on all things indie print, hand made print, DIY publishing and zines.

Ex Trendy have been described as Flight of The Conchords meets Laurie Anderson and if you missed them here, you should check out their show at The Sydney Fringe.

We heard from a fantastic broadly skilled brains trust last night starting with Pip Smith of Penguin Plays Rough telling us about the process of publishing her first book The Penguin Plays Rough Book of Short Stories which features some incredible bespoke design by Elise Santangelo and Stuart Hall and a slew of illustrators.

Newer kids on the block New Planes Public Press represented in the shape of Lisa Lerkenfeldt, trusted editor of the new broadsheet format paper that aims to give a voice to unrepresented/underrepresented voices. Get to the launch of issue 2 next Thursday if you’re not coming to our Food Blog event.

Vanessa Berry next shared a summary of her prolific zine work. Ten minutes could give us just a snapshot of the over 100 zines that Vanessa’s hand made over the last 15 years. A small selection of Vanessa’s zines were selling like hotcakes at the end of the night and Campfire Collective were lucky enough to scoop a vintage Vinnies Blue Ribbon edition, one of Vanessa’s zines charting her 90s adventures to every St Vincent De Paul Op Shop in Sydney.

Postcards from Paris were shared by the night’s final guest Fayroze Lutta. A fervent Gocco printer, when Fayroze went to Paris a few years ago there was never a question that she’d pack her Gocko printer, sewing machine and typewriter, the tools of Fayroze’s trade in making delicate quirky fabric zines. The trip spawned a handmade postcard project and aside from the aesthetic delight of the cards, Fayroze read a few of her personal, funny, sad, romantic postcards for us.

Cheers to all these talented printers, writers, makers, shakers for talking all things critical INKing. Come back for more talk next week as top food bloggers like Thang Ngo of Noodlies share their tips, stories, experiences and favourite food finds.

Ex Trendy closed it out with Textbook Store, kind of appropriate for a library, though it’s technically not a store.
Textbook Store by ex_Trendy