We’ve been staying at The Standard in Chelsea. Its in the meat packing district right above the High Line and we have an incredible view from our room of the Hudson River.


We are here for only a short time before heading to LA and out to the desert but we have managed to pack in a lot of shows. We caught the Asssscat show at UCB but unfortunately missed guest spots by Michael Cera and Amy Poeler by a couple of weeks. We went to the 7:30pm show which is apparently often less fun than the free 9:30pm show but the crazy long queue for the free show put us off so we coughed up the cash and went to the earlier show.

We were lucky to be in town at the same time as comedy friends from Sweden who we don’t get to see very often. It was great to spend the day at MoMA together especially since they were showing one of my favourite artists Cindy Sherman and some great pieces by Diego Rivera.

We’ve been hanging in Brooklyn for vegan meals with our favourite vegan friends Jamie and Ali from Citizen Radio and we checked out the flea and caught a really fantastic dance work Hora by Batsheva Dance Company at BAM.




Dear Friends of Laughs. Campfire Collective and The Standard are serving up a sweet sweet gathering of very funny people next Saturday Oct 22 from 8 til late at The Standard, the arts music rumpus room above Kinselas, Surry Hills. Back in the day it hosted the likes of The Beasty Boys, INXS and the Lemonheads. Since it’s reopening last month it’s hosted Neil Finn’s Pajama Club, Custard and now this.


You will see Michael Workman with his Award Winning show Humans Are Beautiful. There’s Michael Hing, Genevieve Fricker and then the super excellent Suitcase Royale play a band set, pumping the dance floor until late. It’s all smashed together in one big night of music, comedy, philosophy, drinks, dancing and all out fun times in a great venue.

Did we mention it’s only $17. No, we forgot to mention that.

Sat Oct 22, 7:30pm, The Standard
Level 3, 383 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Now, some words from our sponsors:

Michael Workman – Humans Are Beautiful
Winner, Best Newcomer, Melbourne Comedy Fest 2011
“Equal parts brilliant and bizarre, Michael is one of the most original voices on the scene in years. If Nick Cave did stand-up it would look like this.” Wil Anderson
“Like Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with gags.” The Herald Sun
“Packed with exquisitely funny lines. Impressive stuff, indeed.” * * * * Chortle UK, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011
“Absolute genius. A beautiful show. Must see territory” * * * * Time Out
“Workman is clearly a precociously talented comic.” Time Out Sydney

Michael Hing Finalist Time Out Best Comedian 2011

Genevieve Fricker As heard on JJJ, FBi. “Hilariously dark.” The Age

The Suitcase Royale (Imperial Panda) pump the dance floor til late
“Tom Waits meets the Mighty Boosh” * * * * The Guardian




Campfire Collective presents mixed tape variety show, Vaudevillage at Harvest Festival Melbourne Nov 12, Sydney Nov 13 and Brisbane Nov 19 2011.












Come to Harvest Festival and check out our live art show Vaudevillage in the Le Boudoir.

Featuring the likes of

Virginia Gay
The Bedroom Philosopher
Die Roten Punkte
The Suitcase Royale
Asher Treleaven
Vachel Spirason
Zoe Coombs Marr
Randy the purple puppet
Smart Casual
Skye Staniford
Skills in Time
Mel Buttle

The Vaudevillagers are restless! Shift your festival into gear with the hottest poets, comedians, musicians and spoken word, theatre, dance and performance artists all together in a mash up in the Le Boudoir. Variety is not a dirty word.

A funky Frankenstein of a show, classy bits of everything stitched together in one beautiful beast of a bash! Handpicked by Campfire Collective, the best in alternative theatre, spoken word, literature, comedy, music, dance and performance art will sit side by side like a Viewmaster loaded with heartstarting art, click, next, click, next, click, next. Grab a drink, take a seat, and kick start your day.

VAUDEVILLAGE MELBOURNE is held together by the inimitable and electric ringmaster Virginia Gay. Virginia is joined by The Bedroom Philosopher (as heard on Triple J); Die Roten Punkte, a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones; The Suitcase Royale, the rag bone band of three kicking kick the arse out of theatre, comedy and music, like Tom Waits meets The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen in the outback. There’s also Award Winning comedian, dandy and postmodern ponce Asher Treleaven sharing his collection of some of the world’s worst (best) Mills and Boon-esque erotic literature; Vachel Spirason of Melbourne Fringe Award Winning Best Comedy The Hermitude of Angus Ecstatic, and who has been compared to a young Rowan Atkinson. And Australia’s hottest new wordsmiths, State Finalists of the Australian Poetry Slam win their way onto the stage of Le Boudoir for two minutes of slam supremacy at Vaudevillage.

VAUDEVILLAGE SYDNEY features comedy, performance art, and a smoking drinking foul-mouthed purple puppet. Featuring performance collective and never-slowing satiristas Applespiel; Zoe Coombs Marr, one third of performance super collective post brings you Jurassic Park, band camp, flute solos, and more; smoking, drinking, foul mouthed purple puppet Randy joins the rank, the character creation of decade long puppetry veteran Heath McIvor, who Edinburgh’s The Scotsman called “Fiendishly talented”; Brothers in musical comedy, Smart Casual is Fletcher Jones (on guitar) and Roger David (on beard), arguably Australia’s smartest, most casual musical comedy duo.

VAUDEVILLAGE BRISBANE features special interstate guest, from Melbourne, multiple world record holder and wit hot maverick The Bedroom Philosopher, as heard on Triple J. The stage will be spooked by the words of acclaimed spoken weird artist GhostBoy, joined by singer songwriter Skye Staniford, mixing surreal storytelling, punk performance poetry and kabaret song as they take you to the back of the bus. Be prepared for a party popper explosion as Skills in Time – the driving force behind Brisbane’s cult Livewired comedy at Brisbane Powerhouse – take to the stage. Last but not least, there will be laughs and rhymes from Brisbane’s own Mel Buttle, the juvenile delinquent-teaching, rap-battling comedian.




The Sydney Fringe kicks off this week bringing Sydney three weeks of theatre, comedy, visual arts, cabaret and more. Beyond the Fringe at Late Night Library this coming Thursday showcases some of The Fringe’s hottest comedians with titillating teasers from their upcoming shows.

Check out Jennifer Wong, with a chapter or two from Battle Hymn of the Swan Luck Club.


A couple of rhymes from Michael Hing’s show I’m Only Doing This Because They Won’t Let Me Be a Rapper.


And Michael Workman, almost direct from Edinburgh Fringe which was part of his prize package from his Best Newcomer Award at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival, will give a snippet from his new show Mercy.


This free show will fill up, so remember, the only way you can guarantee a seat is by booking with the Library on 8374 6230.





This week at Late Night Library we heard from Sydney’s favourite food bloggers, Lee Tran Lam from The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, Thang Ngo from Noodlies and Howard and Minh from Eat, Show & Tell. Lee Tran shared her thoughts on Sydney hipster food trends, she likes macaroons but is not into cupcakes, Howard shared his Sydney coffee tips, Klink is where its at and his favourite San Fran food vans, Ming showed us her amazing photos of Melbourne food haunts and Thang shared his Noodlies story and Cabramatta’s best noodle joints.