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The War On 2019


Fri 22 Nov, 2019


Powerhouse Theatre

VIP $67*
Adult $47*
Concession $32*

*plus transaction fee of $6.90


1 hr 50 mins – includes interval

Ages + Warnings

Suitable for ages 12+


Based on all the best of the year’s headlines from The Chaser and The Shovel – and some of the worst – The War on 2019 allows you to relive all the AFP-approved highlights of the year.

In 2019, Australian voters endured a bruising election. The only question in Australian politics now is: how many decades will ScoMo choose to stay in power? Australia is now a perfect utopia. Under ScoMo, Dutto and Frydo there is no longer any need for critical comment. Which is lucky, because if there was, the AFP would need to investigate.

Join Australia’s satirical all-stars: Charles Firth (The Chaser), James Schloeffel (The Shovel), Mark Humphries (ABC TV’s 7.30) and Freudian Nip’s Jenna Owen and Victoria Zerbst (SBS The Feed) as they dissect everything that happened in the year.

“I left with a sore stomach from laughing extremely hard” – Tara Ramsay, Theatre Travels

Note: Wearing an Australian flag pin is required for entry to the show.


*VIP tickets include: a free copy of The Chaser and Shovel Annual valued at $27.95.

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A great way to tear up with laughter—or genuinely cry—at the state of Australian politics.


  • A great way to tear up with laughter—or genuinely cry—at the state of Australian politics.


  • A ceaseless barrage of acerbic one-liners



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:
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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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.


We acknowledge the Jagera/Turrbal peoples, the First Nation Traditional Owners of the land on which we gather. We pay respects to all Elders past and present and acknowledge the young leaders who are working beside our Elders in our cultural industries. We recognise all First Nation peoples as the original storytellers of these lands and acknowledge the important role they continue to play in our community.

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