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The best comedy nights in Sydney
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The best comedy nights in Sydney

They say laughter is the best medicine, but it can be tricky to know where to find a healthy dose. 

The best places to see comedy in Sydney
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The best places to see comedy in Sydney

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Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

Hannah Gadsby has been a popular live act in Australia for more than a decade, but it wasn't until she announced her retirement from the stand-up stage that she really made her mark. In 2017, the Tasmanian-born comedian opened Nanette in Melbourne, a show which she swore would be her last. But Nanette was no standard stand-up comedy show. Yes, it was funny, but Gadsby's main objective was to deliver a fiery and furious takedown of the heterosexual patriarchy. To do that, she needed to turn her back on the sort of self-deprecating humour she made her career from. The show went on to win her the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Barry Award, the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Comedy Show, and the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer. It was then turned into a Netflix special that captured the attention of the world – and still holds an approval rating of 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Now Gadsby is said to have "found her voice" and you'd best believe she'll be using it in her new live show, Douglas. While Nanette was named after a random woman who Gadsby happened to meet, Douglas is named after her beloved dog. Not that you should necessarily expect a show about a dog; instead, Gadsby says that Douglas, like Nanette, inspired her to put pen to paper. After an international tour and a season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Douglas is finally coming to Sydney, with five shows at the Sydney Opera House's Concert Hall from December 17 to 21. G

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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel
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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel

IKEA caused a bit of a stir in marketing circles a couple of years ago with its series of deliberately boring YouTube commercials. These included a teenager doing the dishes for five minutes, a couple on a couch kissing in front of a TV for eight, and some young people arm wrestling for six. The ads played in front of YouTube content and many people skipped them, but they also garnered a cult following of joyfully disbelieving fans. The ads were inspired by the Scandinavian trend of ‘Slow TV’ in which almost nothing happens – designed as an antidote to our over-stimulated lives (some cool examples of Slow TV screened on SBS last summer). Now, IKEA is using the phenomenon as a way of promoting their new 2020 catalogue. They have launched an Australian Slow TV channel live streaming the 14-day (336-hour) journey of its products in shipping containers on board a ship to Australia. The channel, which in perfect Nordic understatement IKEA says  “does not aim to excite”, is narrated by Kent and Sara Eriksson, narrators of the original IKEA Sleep Podcast. The Swedes are reading from the new IKEA catalogue with the sound of waves gently crashing against the ship’s stern in the background. Sounds a bit – well, dull, right? And that’s exactly the point. IKEA say they want to help Australians get a good night’s sleep, and watching this YouTube channel may indeed have that exact effect. And if you’re inspired to go buy a new IKEA bed to do it on, well that’s entirely up to you. The c

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Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival
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Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival

In the world of botanical booze, there isn’t a more beloved duo than the humble G&T. She’s fresh, sometimes fruity, bubbly and and always full of subtle flavour. If you know this beverage well from backyard parties gone by, or would like to get to know it better, head to Centennial Park this spring for three full days of summer-fresh drinking. The festival is being hosted by tonic brand Fever-Tree – they do those cute bottles of the quinine-based mixer with aromatic additions. From September 27-29, they will set up a gin village of more than 100 distilled juniper berry concoctions to taste alongside their many tonics at Rose Gardens in the park. They’re also promising live music, garden games, cocktail demos and gin and cheese matching (unusual), plus a contingent of food trucks and picnic hampers that’ll sort out afternoon snacks and dinner. Tickets include six mini-G&Ts to try. The festivities will start at 4pm on Friday and roll through the evening, and then kick-start earlier at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Special offer: Time Out readers who buy ticket to the Sunday session (September 29) can get one of seven masterclasses for free (worth $25). Learn about Australian native botanicals with Brookies Gin, the top five G&T trends for summer, or explore a G&T and food pairing session with Tanqueray. Simply enter promo code MASTER4TOO when you book online.

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