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Comedians launch War on 2022 at Civic Theatre


What do you get when you put a Chaser, a Shovel, a comedian and a newcomer on tour together?

The War on 2022!

The Chaser’s Charles Firth, The Shovel’s James Schloeffel and Mark Humphries (ABC-TV’s 7:30) are teaming up again to present an “end of year” show at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on Thursday 24 November.

And, on this occasion, they’ll be joined by Gabbi Bolt, a musical comic, who has become one of Australia’s biggest TikTok stars off the back of her hilarious original songs.

“Gabbi’s taken the Australian comedy scene by storm,” Firth said.

“She won Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2022, and Best of the Week at the Adelaide Fringe 2022, and the prestigious Moosehead Award at last year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have her on board.”

Recently, Wil Anderson compared Gabbi Bolt to Tim Minchin.

“If you want to be the kind of person that can say ‘I saw Tim Minchin before he was big,’ Gabbi’s that sort of act,” he explained.

The Adelaide Advertiser said Bolt was “an icon in the making”.

The War on 2022 is a fast-paced show that has become a major fixture on the Australian comedy scene in recent years.

It features a round-up of the top headlines from The Chaser and The Shovel, musical performances, political sketches and awkward audience interactions.

“This year, we’ll touch on hilarious topics such as the war in Ukraine, the impending climate apocalypse, destruction of women’s bodily autonomy in America and how to be as charismatic as Peter Dutton,” Firth said.

“In 2022, we’re thinking of holding the whole event in a field of mud,” Humphries added.

“It worked for Splendour in the Grass, so we thought we should give it a try.”

Their previous shows have been described as “A cut above the rest” (The Adelaide Advertiser), “An onslaught of razor-sharp satire” (The Barefoot Review) and “The second-best satirical supergroup after Sky News After Dark” (Peta Credlin).

“If you only go to one show this year, you really should be getting out more,” Schloeffel said.

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