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Is anyone really surprised that Louis CK came back?

Is anyone really surprised that Louis CK came back?

Harvey Weinstein may well be going to prison; Louis’s going back to premium cable. What's a little unusual is that anyone ever thought he would not be.

Farewell Neil Simon, and farewell to his certain way of doing comedy

Farewell Neil Simon, and farewell to his certain way of doing comedy

The legendary US playwright and screenwriter behind The Odd Couple has died, aged 91. But what of his legacy?

Why the Melbourne International Comedy Festival isn't as funny as it used to be

Why the Melbourne International Comedy Festival isn't as funny as it used to be

What may really be flattening out the mood at the festival is the "acknowledgement of country", which is played at the start of each show.

Razer: Anne Edmonds' comedy is truly, madly, deeply Australian – and that's why it works

Razer: Anne Edmonds' comedy is truly, madly, deeply Australian – and that's why it works

For comedy to work, here in this country, it must be truly Australian. It must evoke the minutiae of a time and place, be unashamedly local.

The <i>Rocky Horror</i> allegations seem strangely inconvenient for the arts fluff of <i>The Advertiser</i>

The Rocky Horror allegations seem strangely inconvenient for the arts fluff of The Advertiser

Coverage of Craig McLachlan's sexual misconduct allegations (or lack thereof) is highlighting the limits of rigour in Adelaide arts journalism.

'Petty, vindictive and ill-informed': rotten tomatoes thrown at opera critic's 'hissy fit'

'Petty, vindictive and ill-informed': rotten tomatoes thrown at opera critic's 'hissy fit'

Former Age opera reviewer Michael Smith's missive on why he quit has given us a reason to read online comments as the Melbourne arts community bites back.

That's not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

That's not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

What to do when "an extraordinary disappointment" in your review becomes "Extraordinary!" on the side of the theatre.

Carmen rides back into the ring: sponsor must butt out

Carmen rides back into the ring: sponsor must butt out

Carmen met her match in the political bullring. But in an opera-worthy plot, she’s back from the dead ..

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

West Australian Opera has ditched its upcoming season of Bizet's Carmen after a major sponsor raised objections to the depiction of cigarette smoking in the 1875 four-act opera.

Press gallery party time -- and Shorten got the laughs

Press gallery party time -- and Shorten got the laughs

It's Mid-Winter Ball time in federal Parliament -- so who was hot, who was not, and who drank the most red wine?