Sydneys Comedy Festival is back in 2008

From one man movie epics to the world’s leading stand-ups and an outstanding show case for emerging local talent, Sydney’s FOURTH CRACKER Comedy Festival is back in 2008. Playing in venues across the city including the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, The Metro Theatre in the City, the Sydney Comedy Store at the Entertainment Quarter, The Factory Theatre in Enmore and The Studio at Sydney Opera House, CRACKER has firmly established itself on the international comedy festival circuit.
 
CRACKER is already getting ready for next year so mark April 16th to May 11th in your diary for 2008. Tickets are now on sale for:
 

THE CHASER’S AGE OF TERROR VARIETY HOUR

Enmore Theatre Wed 7th – Sat 10th May 2008

After heeding Today Tonight’s complaints about the outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money on their show The War On Everything, the Chaser team has decided to take some time off from TV in the first half of 2008. The Chaser will adopt a purely user-pays approach next year, mounting a national tour of a new live production, The Chaser’s Age Of Terror Variety Hour, with the Sydney shows as part of CRACKER 2008.
 
Like The War On Everything, the Variety Hour will include a diverse range of short segments, some of which will be kind of okay-ish. It will combine sketches, songs, presentations and interactive audience segments ranging from the satirical to the just silly, and be constantly updated to incorporate up-to-the-minute insensitive gags about the latest celebrity deaths as they happen.
 
War On Everything co-conspirators Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello, Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel will appear in the show. Chris Taylor has opted not to tour while under the cloud of a fatwa issued by the Irwin family, and will remain in an undisclosed location developing new television projects for the team. His irreplaceableness will be demonstrated by the inclusion of Dominic Knight, one of The Chaser’s founders and a writer for the War.
 
 
ROSS NOBLE (UK)
Enmore Theatre Fri 18th – Tues 22th April 2008

Ross Noble returns to Australia with more first class nonsense.

Ross has been performing stand-up since he was smuggled in to his local comedy club at the age of 15. Licensing laws meant that immediately after his slot he had to leave through the kitchen - but he has never looked back. Acclaimed Funny-man Ross Noble returns to CRACKER with his brand new stand-up show – NOBLEISM
 
"The most brilliant stand-up of his generation". Sunday Telegraph

"There's a rare and heady energy to Noble the puts other comedians to shame"
"Refreshing, original, and bloody funny."
The Age, Melbourne
 
“Three hours of comic genius” Sydney Morning Herald March 2007
 
 
ONE MAN STAR WARS (US)
Metro Theatre Tues 29th April – Sun 4th May 2008

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as the ‘unexpected star’ of CRACKER 2007 – Charles Ross is back for another season of One Man Star Wars. Imagine Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C3PO and Chewbacca – all on stage, all performed by just one actor. In this fast paced show Charles Ross brings to life all the characters from the original Star Wars trilogy live on stage! 
 
As a Star Wars addict, who has seen the trilogy over 400 times, Ross handles all the characters and special effects himself, without props or costumes to hilarious effect. Charles buzzes like a light saber, growls like a wookie and whooshes like a millennium falcon as he sings the music, fights the battles and condenses the plots of all three original films into just one hour!
 
“Who would have thought Darth Vader could be so funny” Sydney Morning Herald Oct 2007
 

JASON ALEXANDER’S COMEDY SPECTACULAR (US)
The Enmore - Tues 29th April, Sat 3rd May and Sun 4th May 2008

Join the 7-time Emmy nominated star of “Seinfeld” as he hosts an evening of hilarious stand-up, sing alongs and improvisational comedy, with special guests Kitty Flanagan, The Umbilical Brothers, Mick Molloy and Russell Gilbert.
 
Nine seasons as hapless shlep George Costanza on NBC’s ‘Seinfeld’ was a high point in a career on stage, screen and television. For his portrayal of George, Alexander earned six Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations, an American Television Award and two American Comedy Awards for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series’. The Screen Actors Guild went one step higher and knighted him ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Series’, despite his role as a supporting actor.
 
A hilarious comedic concoction that’s half chat show and half improvised comedy. Think Parkinson meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? or Denton meets Theatresports as celebrity guests share their life stories while a team of leading impro-comics play out the scenes with outrageous results. Half the fun is watching the guest reactions to the comedic re-invention of the key moments of their lives.
 

CRACKER Night
Enmore Theatre – Wed 16th April 2008

You couldn’t ask for a better name for the festival gala, it’s a grab bag of explosive comic talent that delivers laughter, thrills and more than a few surprises. CRACKER Night 2008 will once again be the perfect festival kick off, featuring the very best local and international comic talent.


PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS
Enmore Theatre – Fri 2nd May

The Ancient Art Of Genital Origami 

From The West End of London to Broadway in New York the boys have been getting it out all over the world and now its your chance to see them in your town.  Come and see the famous Hamburger, The Wristwatch and the Windsurfer just to name a few.....your NUTS if you miss it!!
 
They have performed their show to hoards of celebrities including Elton John, Bono, Posh and Becks, Jackie and Joan Collins, Jessica Simpson, Hugh Grant, Naomi Campbell, to name a few. And while in NYC, became a favourite of the infamous Howard Stern.
 
AL PITCHER (NZ)
The Factory – Wed 30th April – Sun 4th May

Each Al Pitcher show is unique. An ’absolute star in the making’ according to Time Out, this New Zealand comedian eclipses his peers with his interactive abilities, his audience never quite knowing where he’s leading them but thrilled by the journey.
 
With his unpredictable, unsystematic and upbeat performances Al has consistently wowed audiences around the world. In 2001 he became a BBC New Act Semi-finalist and Daily Telegraph Open Mic Finalist. He has performed live in the UK, New York, Shanghai, Bahrain, Paris, Berlin, and Auckland,  as well as appearing at the Edinburgh Festival and Montreal’s ‘Just for Laughs’ festival. His latest Australian tour sees him performing his acclaimed 2007 Edinburgh offering ‘IDIOT WIND’
 

SCRATCH (CAN)
The Factory - Wed 30th April – Sun 4th May

Comedic Canadians Kevin Gillese and Arlen Konopaki, take improv to the next level with their critically acclaimed show SCRATCH; coming to Cracker.
 
“the best improv show I’ve ever seen” – Vue Magazine
 
“energetic, surprising, filled with sharp jokes… Scratch delivers on all counts” - CBC
 
These two accomplished young performers are blazing a trail for a new generation of emerging Canadian talent. They have turned a knack for the absurd and a love of physical comedy into one of the most “in demand” improv shows on the planet.
 
“….hospitalization worthy hilarity” – Toronto Sun
 
Named Now magazine’s “Pick of” and Eye magazine’s “Best of” the 2006 Toronto Fringe Festival, the uncanny ability of Gillese and Konopaki to improvise has left critics and audiences wondering if it is scripted. Marc Horton of The Edmonton Journal wrote SCRATCH  is laugh-till-it-hurts time regardless of how planned it all might be.” But make no mistake the show is completely new and totally improvised every time Kevin and Arlen take the stage. Still doubting, see it twice!
 

HEATH FRANKLIN’S CHOPPER IN MAKE DEADSH*TS HISTORY
Enmore Theatre - Thurs 24th & Fri 25th April

Every 3 seconds, somebody, somewhere in the world is being a deadshit. Look at the person to the left of you, now the one on the right - chances are one of the people you just looked at is a deadshit.
 
Make Deadsh*ts History is Franklin’s second full length show with his Logie nominated comic creation, Chopper, showing at Cracker Comedy Festival in 2008 and tackling an issue bigger than world poverty or global warming – eradication of the terminally stupid.
 
In a world that is designed to protect people from their own stupidity, Chopper is worried that natural selection isn't getting a fair go. Forget Band Aid, Live Aid, Whinge F*ckin’ Whinge Aid - finally here’s a cause we can all get behind and a celebrity who has the moustache to pull it off. * A dollar from every ticket sale goes to the Chopper ‘Make Deadsh*ts History’ Foundation to help get these people off the street. Bullets don’t come cheap, so buy tickets now.

 
CRACKER Tickets can be purchased through the festival box office at the Enmore Theatre on 9550 3666 or www.crackercomedy.com or ticketek.

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