THE WAR ON 2024 ANNUAL COMEDY GALA — The Shovel

The War on 2024 Annual Comedy Gala

A razor-sharp satirical skewering of politics, culture, and current events, the Annual Comedy Gala has become a fixture on the national circuit.

Join Charles Firth (The Chaser), James Schloeffel (founder of The Shovel), Mark Humphries (ABC TV) and – for the very first time – the sensational Veronica Milsom (Mad as Hell, Triple J), for a night of satire, sketches, sh*t-stirring and the best headlines from The Chaser and The Shovel. (NOTE: VIP seats include the best seats in the house + a copy of The Chaser/Shovel Annual valued at $34.95)

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GOSFORD
Laycock Street Theatre: Wednesday 27th November

NEWCASTLE
Civic Theatre, Thursday 28th November

BRISBANE
The Powerhouse, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November

CANBERRA
Canberra Theatre, Wednesday 4th December

WOLLONGONG
Town Hall, Thursday 5th December

ADELAIDE
Norwood Concert Hall, Friday 6th December

PERTH
The Astor Theatre, Saturday 7th December

HOBART
Theatre Royal, Wednesday 11th December

GEELONG
Arts Centre, Thursday 12th December

MELBOURNE
Hamer Hall, Friday 13th December

SYDNEY
The Enmore Theatre, Sunday 15th December

MEET THE CAST

Mark Humphries: Mark Humphries is best known for his viral political sketches on ABC’s 7:30 and SBS’s The Feed and was the host of Channel 10’s quiz show Pointless. He has made unforgettable appearances on ABC’s Insiders and SBS’s The Cook Up and forgettable appearances on Channel 10’s Hughesy We Have A Problem and Would I Lie to You? He also won Celebrity Mastermind but never likes to bring it up.

 

 

 

 

Veronica Milsom was the adored co-host of Triple J’s Drive show Veronica & Lewis, cast member of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, and has a CV that stretches well beyond our word count. But here’s a taste … She’s appeared on Home & Away and the remake of Mother and Son, was Head Writer on the ABC Kids series Reef School and hosted the amazing podcasts Threads and Zero Waste Baby. She’s written plays (Porky Pies) and satirical musicals (Good Lord It’s Christmas). But most notably, she played the role of a Martin Short’s ‘giant blow-up sex doll’ at the Sydney Opera House.

 

 

 

James Schloeffel: Founder of satirical news network The Shovel, and the workplace comedy phenomenon Wankernomics, James’s work has been referred to in Federal Parliament, Senate Estimates, The Economist and, most notably, Insight English Skills Year 9, Queensland edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Firth is a founding member of the Logie-award winning group The Chaser, the inventor of the decimal system and the co-host of The Chaser Report, a top-30 Australian podcast. Charles has produced television comedy for almost two decades and runs Chaser Digital – one of Australia’s leading comedy and social media brands.

Wankernomics: "As Per My Last Email"

After an acclaimed 2023 debut, overpaid consultants James Schloeffel (from The Shovel) & Charles Firth (from The Chaser) have an all-new show about navigating workplace hell. Learn how to outmanoeuvre your colleagues with nothing more than an obnoxious Linkedin profile, a pack of Post-it Notes and the phrase ‘circle back’.

If you’ve worked in an office, endured a pointless meeting, or been told to “drill down on key learnings and get stakeholder buy-in”, this is the show for you.

Wankernomics 2.0 is the much-anticipated follow-up to Wankernomics 1.0, which took the comedy world by storm last year with its hilarious, wince-inducing look at the way we conduct ourselves at work. Wankernomics 2.0 is a must-see for anyone who’s endured the bureaucracy, banality, buzzwords & bullshit of the working world.

★★★★★ “Exquisite … leaves you in equal parts stitches and torment” – Weekend Notes

★★★★★ “Unmissable!” – The Weekender Herald

★★★★★ “An omni-channel deep dive into best-practice comedy” some wanker

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