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Comedy

The War on the F*#king Election 2019

Live from the National Tallyroom!

Presented by The Chaser Quarterly and The Shovel

The upcoming Federal Election will be full of suspense. Who will be the Liberal leader that week? How will Labor squander its unassailable lead? Will Antony Green’s computer crash? Will there be any National Party MPs not embroiled in sex scandals by then? What was the name of the Greens leader again?

The Chaser’s Charles Firth has teamed up with The Shovel’s James Schloeffel to bring you the most inaccurate guide to Election 2019. They are joined by Australia’s best television satirists: Mark Humphries (ABC-TV 7:30) and Freudian Nip’s Victoria Zerbst and Jenna Owen (SBS-TV The Feed).

Staged in the National Tallyroom, the show re-creates all the drama of an election night without the boring speeches. Includes:
• How to be a “female” in the Liberal Party
• How it all falls apart: Labor’s plan for the first 100 days
• Live Audience Quiz: Are you a member of One Nation?

VIP Tickets include a free copy of “The Official Guide to Election 2019” from The Chaser Quarterly and The Shovel, valued at $20.

Reviews

The greatest theatre experience you’ll ever have. Much better than I could have done.

William Shakespeare

This show is almost as interesting as regression analysis of historical polling data.

Antony Green

It’s quite a funny show but I ain’t spendin’ any time on it, because in the mean time, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland.

Bob Katter

More Info

The War On Comedy group is a team of the top satirical comedians in the country. It was founded by The Chaser’s Charles Firth and The Shovel’s James Schloeffel. After working together for several years publishing The Chaser website, The Shovel website and The Chaser Quarterly, they one day decided to start doing live shows. Their last three shows (The War on History, The War on 2017, and The War on 2018) all sold out across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Last year, they were joined by Mark Humphries (ABC-TV 7:30), and Freudian Nip’s Victoria Zerbst and Jenna Owen (SBS-TV The Feed) for a National(-ish) Tour of The War on 2018.

Charles Firth
(ABC-TV’s The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser Decides, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Roast) is a co-host on Triple M’s Radio Chaser show, and the 2019 Election Correspondent for The Project (Network Ten). He covered the 2016 US Elections for The Chaser, and correctly predicted Trump would win. Charles is managing editor of The Chaser Quarterly and Chaser website. His previous live shows include: The Chaser’s Australia, The War on 2017, The War on History, The War on 2018. He lives in Sydney with his son and two wives.

James Schloeffel is the founder of the satirical website The Shovel. He is a writer on The Project’s election coverage (Network Ten), and covered the 2016 US Elections for The Chaser, during which he founded “Aussies for Trump” – a satirical supporter group which Trump fans unfortunately took seriously. His previous live shows include: The War on 2017, The War on History and The War on 2018. His hand featured in Michael Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 11/9. James lives in Melbourne which he insists is much better than where you’re from.

Mark Humphries first came to prominence as the whip-smart but slightly smarmy satirical commentator on The Roast (ABC-TV). Since then, he’s co-authored The Chaser’s Australia, a 200-page book about Australia, toured The Chaser’s Australia live show, been the chief satirical correspondent for SBS The Feed, hosted the gameshow Pointless (Network Ten) and joined ABC-TV’s 7:30 program as the regular Thursday night satirist. Mark is an extreme sports enthusiast, and spends most weekends BASE jumping.

Victoria Zerbst is a comedian, writer and musician currently co-writing and presenting comedy segments for SBS Viceland’s The Feed. She is a co-founder and head writer for sketch comedy group Freudian Nip, and has written satire, character-based comedy and video sketches for Junkee Media, MTV, The Comedy Channel, ABC Comedy’s Aaron Chen Tonight and The Chaser. Victoria suffers from a debilitating fear of the colour

Jenna Owen is a head writer and performer at Freudian Nip, as well as actor, comedian and improviser. As a solo performer, Owen was a writer and cast member in ABC2's Aaron Chen Tonight, has written comedy content for JUNKEE Media and The Chaser, done radio work for FBi Radio and has performed several times at The Giant Dwarf Theatre as both a sketch comedian and improviser. She was a head writer and performer on Freudian Nip's sell out lives shows, and was in Squinters (ABC-TV). Nowadays she and Victoria are chief satirical correspondents for SBS The Feed. In 2003, Jenna invented the wheel, but recognition for this breakthrough has been stymied by a baseless patent dispute, which is currently before the courts.

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About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

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See an exhibition
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Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Accommodation
Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.