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Comedy vs Racism 2017
Thu. 23 March 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEDT
All Together Now brings back the hugely popular Comedy vs Racism! Five comedians join forces to bring you the freshest and funniest stand-up in a showdown against racism. Following the performances, comedian Jennifer Wong will host a chat with the performers to get their hot takes on issues around discrimination, politics, and diversity.
Expect a night of laughs and Q & A with comedians Akmal Saleh, Jen Carnovale, Suren Jayemanne, Bish Marzook, Benny Eggmolesse and host Jennifer Wong.
Got a question of your own? Tweet your question with #comedyvsracism or to @alltognow, and we'll ask a selection on the night.
This event is presented by All Together Now, the only national organisation dedicated to promoting racial equality in Australia, and is part of the City of Sydney's Living in Harmony Festival.
Akmal Saleh is one of Australia's most respected, successful and accomplished comics. He displays an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and non‐offensive way. Being Australia's only Arab comedian, His Arab heritage steers his comedy to issues of religion, honesty, hysterical looks at modern day life. His uncanny comedic gift means he is one of those gifted comedians who has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand as soon as he walks on stage. Akmal returns to Sydney Comedy Festival this May with his funniest show ever in the history of comedy.
Jen Carnovale is a comedian from Sydney who has traveled from quaint bookstores in Canberra to Latvian kind-of scary warehouses to perform stand up. She has toured across the UK, Australia, all the good looking parts of Europe and tasty parts of Asia. Her stand up has been described as “Outstanding razor-sharp slices of observational comedy” by Funny Women UK, “Gifted with wonderful timing and a lovely line in accents” by Australian Stage and The Herald Sun said to “Keep an eye out for Carnovale”.
Suren Jayemanne has been touted as a hot new act to watch by two of Australia’s major comedy festivals (but none of Australia’s major Intelligence authorities... as far as he's aware). In 2014, Suren was handpicked by festival directors to appear in MICF's prestigious Comedy Zone showcase of the best five new acts from Australia. In 2015, Suren's debut solo show, Eat Praline, Die, was selected for Sydney's FRESH program for emerging artists. Suren's latest show, Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator was a hit with audiences and critics alike, selling out many shows across its run at MICF.
Bish Marzook is a writer, comedian, and scientist for good measure. She writes for SBS Comedy, regularly appears on Triple J and FBi radio, and co-runs Wolf Comedy, a Sydney comedy room committed to promoting diversity in comedy. She also recently completed a PhD in cell biology, but doesn’t get to talk about it nearly as much. She has performed at writers’ festivals, music festivals and comedy festivals around Australia, and hopes to book her first food festival soon.
Benny Eggmolesse is an Aboriginal Sydney-based Comedian, raised in Mount Isa and tanned in Townsville. His quick wit, charisma, and ferociously honest style of comedy has earned him runner up in the 2016 Deadly Funny – National Finals and touring with the Aboriginal Comedy Club. Benny’s cultural heritage is at the core of his stand-up and his unique ability to address the Aboriginal Elephant in Australia’s historical living room is why he is quickly becoming one of Australia’s rising Aboriginal comedians.
Jennifer Wong (host) is a comedian and writer, as seen on ABC iview's Bookish. She’s performed at arts and comedy festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Edinburgh, and is a regular guest on ABC Radio Sydney’s comedy hour Thank God It's Friday. Her first job in television was as a writer on Good News Week (Ten). She's also worked behind the scenes on Rove (Ten) and Can of Worms (Ten), and appeared in the second season of Plonk (Nine, Stan). Her new stand-up show, How to English Harder is playing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April, and in Sydney in June.
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, take Druitt street and from there it's just a minute walk. We'll also have some volunteers manning Druitt St exit to direct you to the entrance. So make sure to look out for them.
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 9th March 2017. Contact us at email@example.com and let us know the details of the new ticket holder/s.
Can I pay on the day?
Yes you can! We'll have our "PayPal Here" card reader on-site and we can accept payments via Paypal, Mastercard or VISA. We'll accept cash payments too but please bring the exact amount.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org