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Bent Merriment: Queer Comedy

February 13th, 2017

The word ‘gay’ started out as a synonym for mirth and hilarity –and its modern usage isn’t just a coincidence. Tom Ballard and Steven Oliver In this discussion, hear stories from three queer comedians about what they’ve encountered along the way. How did they begin, and how has their comedy developed alongside their sexuality? In which ways...

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To begin 2017, in partnership with volunteer-run oral history project Behind the Wire, we launched a new podcast series. It's calledThe Messenger, and we'd like to share its first episode with you. The Messenger brings you into the Australian immigration detention centre on Manus Island – and reveals, in intimate detail, one man's experience of...

The horror, the glory, the sublime and the ridiculous – 2016 served it all up in enormous doses. Join us for part two of the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year – celebrating a year’s worth of highlights and lowlights. Benson Saulo — Photo: Jon Tjhia What happened in 2016? Well, the Panama Papers dropped. The Louvre flooded. A woman in New...

Radiolabis one of the world’s most popular podcasts. Admired for its gentle explorations of big questions, the show – which was collecting listeners in their millions long before podcasting arrived at the mainstream’s door –has won many significant awards. Abumrad himself has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant, and his incredibly...