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Comedy meets commentary in Comedy vs Racism, when three of Sydney’s funniest writer/performers are joined by an academic activist, a lawyer, and a columnist who writes about race and feminism.
Expect an hour of laughs and Q & A with playwright Tasnim Hossain, comedian Suren Jayemanne, writer/actor Bjorn Stewart (ABC's Black Comedy), Western Sydney University's Professor James Arvanitakis, lawyer and speaker Pallavi Sinha, writer Ruby Hamad (Daily Life), and host Jennifer Wong (702 ABC Sydney's Thank God It's Friday).
Between comedy performances, comedians and panellists will share their thoughts on comedy and racism in Australia.
Together, we'll be asking:
- How powerful is a punchline when it comes to standing against racism?
- What can comedy do about everyday racism?
- What conversations do we need to have as Australian audiences, comedy makers, and the media? And can we laugh while we're having them?
Got a question of your own? Tweet your question with #comedyvsracism or to @alltognow, and we'll ask a selection on the night...
Tasnim Hossain is a playwright and performance poet. Her work has been staged by the Australian Theatre for Young People and Apocalypse Theatre Company in Sydney, 24:7 Theatre Festival in Machester, and published by Currency Press.
Her first solo show about the experiences of two twentysomething Bangaldeshi-Australians was developed through support from Playwriting Australia's Lotus Salon for Asian-Australian writers and premiered at Perth’s Fringe World, with a second season at You Are Here festival in Canberra in 2015.
Suren Jayemanne is a Melbourne accountant turned Sydney comedian, who was handpicked for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Comedy Zone in 2014.
He began performing stand-up comedy in 2011, quickly impressing audiences with a style inspired by classic one-liner comedians such as Demetri Martin and Steven Wright. Suren is a fresh voice in Australian comedy, but represents a growing voice in our society, that of a generation of young Australians from South Asian heritage. In 2015 performed his first solo show, Eat Praline, Die.
Ruby Hamad is a columnist for Daily Life, where she writes about race, feminism, and animal rights.
Professor James Arvanitakis is the Head of The Academy at Western Sydney University, where he is also self-described activist academic, lecturer in the Humanities, and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society.
Pallavi Sinha is a well-known Indian-Australian Lawyer, Lecturer and Speaker. She recently participated in the Ethics Centre Racism debate with Stan Grant.
Pallavi is regularly interviewed by the media including by Channel 10, ABC's 7.30 Report, and SBS news. She has a cameo role in the film UnIndian starring Brett Lee, and has appeared on ABC's Q & A.
Bjorn Stewart is a writer, actor, and director who's appeared in ABC's Redfern Now and Black Comedy.
Bjorn has extensive theatre experience, and has been acting on stage since 2005. His recent works include Brothers Wreck at Belvoir Theatre, directed by Leah Purcell, and Coranderrk, also at Belvoir Theatre, directed by Issac Drandic.
Jennifer Wong (host) is a Sydney comedian and regular guest on 702 ABC Sydney’s Thank God It’s Friday.
She's used her love of wordplay as a writer on Good News Week, was recently in the TV comedy Plonk, and is an ambassafor for All Together Now.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
18+ as the show will include adult themes and/or language.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We'll accept both the hard and soft copies of your ticket.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Public transport is your best option. Get off at Town Hall station and from there it's just a 2 minute walk.
Is my registration/ticket refundable/transferrable?
All ticket sales are final so there are no refunds. Rest assured that your purchase will go towards helping All Together Now continue doing its awesome work. But we're more than happy to do ticket transfers. Registrations/tickets can be transferred up to 5th March 2016. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the details of the new ticket holder/s.
Can I pay on the day?
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When & Where
All Together Now
All Together Now promotes the prevention of racist behavior in Australia through education. We are Australia’s only national charity that has a sole focus of addressing racism.