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Agony Live, Plus Q&A With Creator Adam Zwar

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G'day and g'evening,

I'd like to begin with Agony creator, narrator, & general funny-man Mr Adam Zwar. Adam's been there. Done that. TV shows (including "Wilfred", "Lowdown"), commercials (including HBA's bucktoothed guy), films ("Valentine's Day", "Rats and Cats"), and numerous accolades. His brainchild, "The Agony of" series (comprising "Agony Aunts", "Agony Uncles", "The Agony of Life", "The Agony of Christmas', "The Agony of the Mind", and "Agony"), lauded in 2012 & '13 by: taking out the Nicole Minchin Best Light Entertainment award (for Agony Aunts), being nominated for Best Comedy in Sketch or Light Entertainment (for Agony Uncles), and winning AACTA's Best Light Television Series. The show, airing on ABC TV, plus televised globally, ain't just bloody hilarious, but acutely relevant; as the daring lineup add their 2 cents to everyday (albeit oft taboo) subjects.


Adam Zwar, Agony of,
c/o ABC TV


One of the funniest programs around, Agony's being brought to the stage. Yarraville Laughs at The Yarraville Club, proud to present "Agony Live". Comical spectacle, magnifying the wit, honesty, and ribaldry of it's ABC counterpart. Uncut, uncensored, unfettered, as our unflinching heroes dish out intimate insights - plus provide standup comedy! Unlike the show, there's zero editing, so you can relish the lineup in all their shameless glory.

Agony's TV cast has been culled. Adam, handpicking the very best from his series. Unfortunately they were busy. So he's gathered the best of what's left. Including:

Comic, presenter, actor, radio/TV writer, CELIA PACQUOLA. You know her from ABC's Utopia and The Beautiful Lie.

Comic (I performed alongside him once!), NBC's Last Comic Standing semifinalist, film & television actor, "Dirty Laundry Live" host, & radio host LAWRENCE MOONEY.

TV personality and radio host, SAM PANG. You know him from "Have You Been Paying Attention", his various gigs alongside Santo and Ed, and ABC Radio's "Summer Nights".

Plus newcomer: renowned comic, radio personality, & "The Project" panelist, MESHEL LAURIE.


Snippet of your Agonizers in action:





I managed to ask Adam some questions (8 1/2 questions all up). Here's his responses:


Q: The Agony Live show comprises some hilarious personalities. Yet at the same time, down-to-earth. Is it important to have that honesty in your lineup?

A: Absolutely. Anything other than honesty doesn't really cut through. Audiences know when they're being lied to.


Q: Is the concept of barefaced social commentary uniquely Australian? Or does Agony rely on Aussie candidness? (Or is the concept universal?)

A: The show has played all around the world and been formatted in Europe. So there is something universal about it. However, the team of Agony Aunts and Uncles we've got in Australia are brave and forthright and aren't worried that a revealing story might ruin their career.


Q: Given the opinions (throughout both Agony Aunts & Uncles), do they tend to portray the 'Australian point of view'? Or contradict?

A: The Australian personality comes through with their self-deprecation. They're not afraid to tell a story against themselves or have a strong opinion about something and then immediately undercut it. These are charming traits and help with the comedy of the show.


FOLLOW-UP Q: Do the opinions of Aunts v Uncles clash in any particular respect?

A TO FOLLOW-UP: When it comes to love and relationships, they totally clash. For instance, say a potential romantic interest has given you their phone number, how long should you wait to call? Men say three days. Women say the next day. You decide.


Q: What's your overall intention with Agony - particularly, in terms of it's impact on the audience member?

A: It's to make the audience member feel less alone. You think you have problems? Don't worry, I have those exact same problems, and so does Lawrence Mooney. The only person I've met who's getting a free ride in life is Sam Pang. So come along and find out how that works!


Q: You're dealing with loud personalities. Who's the most unpredictable?

A: Lawrence Mooney is unpredictable. He's dangerous. He says what you dare not think. But as long as you're prepared for that, you should be fine.


Q: So the TV series has you narrating, then interviewing celebs one-on-one? Will the live show preserve this arrangement? Or vary in some way?

A: There will be some stand up at the top of the show to get everyone in the mood, and then the five of us will have a bold, uncut conversation. This is Agony as you've never seen it before. It's Agony without Final Cut Pro. I have no idea what's going to be said - but I know it'll be funny and perceptive and leave everyone talking.


Q: With Agony Live, there's no editing. Does that pose a problem? Or opportunity?

A: The Aunts and Uncles will be able to have more air time - as there's Only 4 of them. So they won't be competing to get their message out with 16 other people. They'll also get to say the bit that I cut out in the televised show.


Q: What will the live show offer that TV can not?

A: There will be no censorship. What you will get is unfettered opinion, hilarious revelation and inspirational conversation.


Adam's creation, 'nother beaut' Aussie invention! By squashing comedic brains into a jar of everyday minutia, the social commentary's H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!! If you've never seen Agony you're in for a treat. If you have, don't waste another second (uh...as in, come along and see it - you know what I mean). CHEERS.


Agony Live, Adam Zwar
c/o Erin Jameson, The Yarraville Club


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When: Saturday 12th December
Phone: 03 9689 6033
Where: The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St, Yarraville, VIC
Cost: EARLY (5pm) SHOW: Reserved seating: $60(Reserve A); $58(Reserve B); $55(Reserve C & D); $45(Reserve E) --- LATE (8:30pm) SHOW: Dinner & Show $99/$97 (Doors open at 7pm, with dinner at 7:15pm); Reserved Seating: $55(Reserve C & D); $45(Reserve E)
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