Northern exposure

City life winner crowned

If there are any themes to the Melbourne comedy festival this year, they arepolitics and reality TV.

At least that’s according to Susan Provan, who has run then international event for the past 11 years, even though with around 600 performers, it’s difficult to establish any firm trends in the type of comedy on offer.

But Provan told The Australian: “We continue to be fascinated by reality TV - the overlap between fantasy and reality, how blurred that line has become and how real life is morphing into celebrity and fiction

And she added:” "Comedians who deal with politics are ever more interested in the issues thrown up by Iraq and refugees, our country's relationship with the US and the Bush-Howard relationship, which is hugely exploitable."


Published: 22 Mar 2005

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