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Barry Humphries defends ‘unsavoury’ comedy after transphobia backlash

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Australian comedian Barry Humphries has defended his controversial brand of comedy after his named was stripped from a top comedy award. Humphries’ name was this month removed from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s top award, in part because of a series of the comedian’s history of transphobic comments. At a comedy Q&A session in London …

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By Jana Perkovic, University of Melbourne Hannah Gadsby’s new show, Douglas, is not earth-shattering the way Nanette was; but then, nothing could be. Many of us watched with fascination as Gadsby’s tenth solo show, Nanette, took her from a local niche market in queer comedy to international superstardom, skipping quite a few steps in between. …

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Comedian Hannah Gadsby has won the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Barry Award for her critically acclaimed stand-up show Nanette. The gong is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s highest honour, recognising the year’s most outstanding show, and the Tasmanian-born performer beat five other nominees to the prize. In her acceptance speech Hannah said without the festival …