The War On Comedy group is a team of satirical all-stars from across 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. 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, and The War on Election 2019, both of which sold out nationally.
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. 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, The War on Election 2019. He lives in Sydney with his son and two wives.
James Schloeffel is the founder of the satirical website The Shovel. He 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, The War on 2018 and The War on Election 2019. 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. Her previous live shows include: The War on 2018 and The War on Election 2019. Victoria suffers from a debilitating fear of the colour puce.
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. Her previous live shows include: The War on 2018 and The War on Election 2019. 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.