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The War On The F*#King Election

The Chaser’s Charles Firth and The Shovel’s James Schloeffel are here with a book, which is billed as “the most inaccurate guide to Election 2019,” and two Sydney shows at the end of a national tour.

Why did Charles and James embark on this mammoth project? 

Charles says, “Any election that pits the towering intellect of Scott Morrison against the charismatic powerhouse that is Bill Shorten demands comment.”

City Hub asked them how much research they actually did, and Charles replied, “Actually, a ridiculous amount. We have crafted jokes for all 150 lower house seats. We are basically the Antony Green of satire.”

Charles elaborates, “Satire used to be all about speaking truth to power, but nowadays it’s all about getting extra followers on Instagram.”

City Hub asked him about the relationship between their show and their book? The answer?

“Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V. Well, the book is like a guide to the election, whereas the live show will evolve alongside the election. It’s possible to be a lot more defamatory live than in print, but I shouldn’t say that in print.

Charles most admires Bennelong as an amazing Australian political figure. 

“He literally learnt another language to broker relationships between Sydneysiders and its recent immigrants, and then went to the country of those immigrants to learn more about them and their culture. It’s been all downhill since then, all the way down to Dutton, Abbott and Morrison. They’re actually all the same person. Have you ever seen them in the same room together? You have? Oh.”

May 9-10. Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville. $35-$65+b.f. Tickets & Info:


By Irina Dunn

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