A British stand up comedian, musician and writer living in Brisbane. See more at stevenmorgan.wales
There can be only one (winner of the debate)
Everyone loves a good debate. The level playing field of intellectual scrimmage, convincing the masses one way or another on an given issue. For some, there were sports to achieve this satiating of the hunger for competition, but for those less physically inclined, the battlefield is the debate.
Some people get so wrapped up in the debating, and the ability to change people's minds or convince them of things that the subject is secondary. Convincing people of things that they themselves don't even agree with just to see if they can. With great power comes great responsibility.
If you're looking for something a bit different at this year's Brisbane Comedy Festival, then look no further than Act/React's Convince Me! on King George's Square. For a string of ten dates, two teams comprised of different performers from the festival amongst others will be given a subject to prepare their side of the debate upon. They will be given just one hour to prepare to defend their views before launching into it. Will they use their time wisely? Probably not, but therein lies the fun.
Speed: The Movie The Play star and Smart Enough To Know Better podcast host Dan Beeston squares off against market modeller, communicator and magician Joel Gilmore as the two team captains for each show. GoT nerd, impro legend and Brisbane Times ex-journalist Natalie Bochenski hosts the proceedings.
With a stellar line-up and all manner of subjects, the proceedings are sure to range from the preposterous to the hilarious. Whether the teams try to win you over with facts or #alternativefacts will be up to them. All we know is that it's sure to be a great way to spend an evening, and who knows, maybe you'll even learn something.