One of the Peers is a cheat!

Nicholas J. Johnson isn’t called Australia’s Honest Con Man for no reason; he can take you to the cleaners in any number of ways. For this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival, he’s teamed up with fellow Peer Ben McKenzie to bring you Beat the Cheat, a show all about games – and cheating to win. Check out this promo video released last week, and see if you can name all the games that appear!

A-Peering at the Fringe

The Peer Revue’s Adelaide Fringe run may be over, but you can still catch two thirds of them during remainder of the Festival!

Nicholas J Johnson, Australia’s honest con man, reveals how he sold his soul to current affairs television in an ill-fated quest for fame in Today Tonight, Tomorrow the World. Adelaide Now said the show contains “damn good material” and is “full of surprises”! See the show nightly at 8 PM in The Bally at Gluttony until Saturday, March 9. Visit FringeTix for online bookings, or get tickets at the Gluttony box office.

Ben McKenzie brings his improvised adventure comedy show Dungeon Crawl to Gluttony for four late night shows at 10:50 PM on March 8, 10, 15 and 16. Four guest performers create fantasy characters and go on a quest – but they’ll be making it all up as they go along. Visit FringeTix for online bookings, or get tickets at the Gluttony box office.

Ben is also recording his live Doctor Who podcast, Splendid Chaps, in Adelaide. He and co-host John Richards (co-creator of ABC1’s Outland) will be joined by guests Sean Williams (New York Times best-selling author) and Cathy Adamek (actor, dancer and director) to discuss Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor and the theme of “Family” in Doctor Who. There will also be prizes and a musical act! Come along to the recording at 2 PM, Sunday March 10 at Tuxedo Cat, 199-200 North Terrace. Details, tickets and previous episodes available at spendidchaps.com.

The Peers are coming to Adelaide!

This Adelaide Fringe, the Peer Revue is coming to the Science Exchange for an exclusive season of three performances!

Simon Pampena, Ben McKenzie and Nicholas J Johnson, plus a special guest star each night, bring all the hilarity of science, maths and the mind to bear in a stand-up show that connects your funny bone to your brain bone. See The Revue above for details, and watch this space for more details on our guests!

Everything’s coming up Nicholas

The Peer Revue’s own Nicholas J. Johnson has a bunch of gigs coming up in the next few weeks, so we thought we’d list them for you here. First, here are his appearances at various comedy and variety rooms around Melbourne:

  • Comedy at Spleen (stand-up), Monday June 18 at Spleen Bar, Melbourne
  • The Variety Collective (variety night), 8 PM Wednesday, June 20 at the Brunswick Green, Brunswick
  • Willow Tales (storytelling), 8:30 PM Thursday, June 28 at Willow Bar, Northcote
  • Top Hat Tuesday (magic), 7:30 PM Tuesday, July 3 at Charltons Bar, Melbourne
  • Political Asylum (stand-up), 5:30 PM Sunday, July 8 at the Brunswick Green, Brunswick

In July, Nicholas is performing as part of the Melbourne Magic Festival. You’ll find him all over the Northcote Town Hall schedule, including a season of What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, a family magic show starring “Tricky Nick“, 3:30 PM from Monday July 2 to Friday July 6.

Hoping for tenure

Our Melbourne International Comedy Fesitval season of The Peer Revue ended with a big bang thanks to some lovely audiences and special second week guests Matt Parker, Gordon Southern (A Brief History of History) and Simon Taylor (10 Things I Know About You).

Though the symposium is now closed, you can still catch our peers around the place; watch this site for news of their antics. In the meantime, Ben McKenzie still has way too many shows on during the festival; you might be particularly interested in the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour, but you can also check out his web site for a complete list of where he can found.

Big thanks to all those who made the show possible – especially the Kelvin Club, re-science and of course our producer Carly Siebentritt.

And you never know – perhaps The Peer Revue will return in the future… Watch this spacetime!

Review round-up

The Peer Revue has been garnering some great press this week; here’s a quick round-up of the lovely things reviewers have been saying:

‘this motley quartet takes the toughest of subject matter and turn it on its head with raucous results’ – three and half stars, Peter Rolfe, Herald-Sun

‘This is serious. But funny.’ – three stars, Mark Ellis, The Age

‘Erudite and charming … keenly interesting and funny … for fans of QI, Robin Ince, xkcd, Rory McGrath’ – Lisa Dib, T-Squat

‘daggy and endearing … lots of laughs … something to enjoy for everyone’ – Lisa Clark, Squirrel Comedy

There are only four performances left – including tonight – so get in quick and see The Peer Revue before it goes extinct!

 

The Peer Revue reviews begin!

The Peer Revue opened last night to a lovely crowd, and online magazine T-Squat is the first to publish a review! Though Lisa Dib wasn’t used to the opulent surrounds of the Kelvin Club, she enjoyed Ben McKenzie’s bright oration, adored Simon Pampena’s ascent to maths glory, delighted to Trent McCarthy’s amiable banter and was won over by the affable and nice Nicholas J Johnson. Read the full review for more!

To celebrate our first lovely review, we’re offering 2 for 1 tickets for tonight’s performance – just flow the booking link above and buy your tickets now! And don’t leave it too late; remember there are only six performances left.

What is science comedy?

Many questions have plagued science over the centuries, but perhaps none more so than “what is science comedy?” This video seeks to clear things up:

See you at The Peer Revue from Wednesday!

One week to go!

In just a week, the Peer Revue is go! You’ll be able to attend our exciting symposium of thinking person’s comedy, featuring our four outstanding peers and some special guests.

The peers have been hard at work in the joke mines preparing the show, and we think you’re going to love it! You can book your tickets via the link above.

If you want to tell us you’re coming via Facebook, here’s the Facebook event.

A-peer-ing in a show near you…

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival guide is officially launched, our tickets are on sale, our web site is up and running… You’d think we could sit back and relax until March 28, wouldn’t you? But you’d be wrong! Your friendly neighbourhood Peers are popping up all over the place, all – or at least mostly – in the name of science!

Simon Pampena is heading to Adelaide for the world’s second largest Fringe festival, to perform not one, but two shows! You can find him in the Garden of Unearthly Delights performing his hit show for kids of all ages, The Maths Olympics, on weekends at 2 PM from February 18 to March 4. If you want to learn how to become a celebrity, you should also find him at the Royal Institustion of Australia’s Science Exchange, performing three nights only of his newest show, The Fame Algorithm, from March 1 to 3 at 7:30. Follow the links for season details and tickets sales!

Meanwhile, back in Melbourne, Nicholas J Johnson will be making the jokes smarter at Comedy at Spleen at Spleen Bar on Bourke Street, 8:30 this Monday, February 20. There’s always a big line-up of comedians, and entry is free. You can also find Nicholas hosting The Variety Collective on Wednesday February 29 and March 7 at The Brunswick Green on Sydney Road, Brunswick. The Variety Collective is a weekly (yes, weekly!) variety night, co-founded by Nicholas, which features all kinds of great entertainment, from jugglers and magicians to comedians, cabaret singers and sideshow stunt artists – and entry is only $10!

If you’re after something nerdier, Ben McKenzie has you covered with his monthly show Dungeon Crawl, an improvised adventure comedy based on Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games. It’s at the Bella Union at Trades Hall at 8:30 on Wednesday March 7 at 8:30, and tickets are $15. After Dungeon Crawl at 10 PM is a free trial of Pop Up Playground, in which the audience join forces with guest comedians to find the traitorous killer werewolves in their ranks. Ben is also appearing at Cherchez la Femme’s Celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 at the Grace Darling Hotel, and hosting political stand-up room Political Asylum on Sunday, March 11 at the Brunswick Green.

So it’s a big couple of months for the Peers – but don’t worry, they’re just keeping fighting fit for the Peer Revue main event at Comedy Festival!