I was always going to go to the politically inclined comedy-radio show, 'A Rational Fear', from the day that I received a flyer by way of the host himself, Dan Ilic, at a Wit Large gig. To the moment I left my apartment Kings Cross Hotel bound.
Walking eagerly along those Kings Cross streets to the FBi Social; kind of like an ice-cream social, but with no ice-cream and quite a lot more beer, wine and spirits.
It's Monday night and I'm sitting in front of my computer perusing Twitter; waiting, refreshing and observing the tirade of primarily pointless tweets that cascade down the screen in front of me. Then one from @arationalfear pops up at the top of the list which offers two free tickets to one lucky winner provided they reply to the tweet with a reason why the new iPad, the iPad3, has been delayed.
I explain that 'a scientist has poured a blue viscous liquid over the iPad to prove how absorbent it is and then realised his mistake', within the appropriate 140 characters limit and I am soon advised that my name is on the door.
I arrive at the Kings Cross Hotel and take the stairs up to the third floor and find a seat in the FBi Social area. Dan Ilic, the host of the evening is running around and talking to various people while the DJ, Tom Loud, with an ever appropriate name, scratches decks and plays some tasty tunes; including a remix of the Kevin Rudd expletive filled web video. I've been in the room for less than five minutes and already the night is delivering on its promise of political humour.
The show begins and Dan announces to the now voluminous crowd what will follow.
The show consists tonight of Dan and five other panelists, Susie Yousef, Michael Hing, Daniel Townes, Scott Abbot and Louis Hobba, discussing current news items and popular culture as well as each performing a five minute diatribe on their chosen topic, be it the issues facing gay marriage, the social media Kony phenomena, or the impending Apocalypse; Mayan, environmental or otherwise.
The show, along with the "woo woo's" and the applause of the crowd is broadcast live across FBi's 94.5 radio station airwaves for all who will listen to listen.
Special guests included Ross Greenwood with an enlightening look at why it pays to be a drug mule, the hilarious Anthony Ackroyd impersonating ex prime minister Kevin Rudd. His rendition of "Rudd is in the Air" had the audience singing along, and a very special guest, Kamahl, reading Jai Laga'aia's lines. (That's a confusing name to grant a possessive apostrophe to)
The show, being the first of what is likely to be many, didn't go through till the end without minor hiccups, but these small moments of silence, visual jokes which had to be explained to the radio audience were all rescued by the talent who were at times charming, at times insightful and always entertaining.
Highlights of the night included Anthony Ackroyd's final number; the surprise introduction of the legendary Kamahl, and the shows ability for making me feel politically aware even though I'm really not.
'A Rational Fear' is a monthly event held at the Kings Cross Hotel, level three (FBi Social). Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit the official website.
What will they talk about? It depends on what makes the news that week.
I lost any sense of political humour, when my car disappeared when I was leaving someone and the state premier of vic (labor) was 2 doors up at something. My car, the police told me sort of, by phone was behind the little red car that they talked about in the phone call. My car did not have any of my things in it. They had taken everything. NOT FUNNY.. I might also add that what was under the building in St Kilda that I left was also NOT FUNNY and some of my fear was definitely rational, some irrational, but worth taking the irrational fears into account as strange things had happened.
Whilst we are on the topic of politics and not funny, lets discuss the use of the psychiatric system by drs and politicians to spin DR and manipulate the collective unconscious through using psychiatric patients to do many things and then playing what I call the Barry Hall techique. (Its a bit like hitting someone and then turning around and saying What, what did I do. Better yet, you give them all a second chance, spin Dr the media and we are allowed to love the good news boys. But the Bad news programmees are the ones we have to hate, not because they are evil or have ever done anything, they just arent selling good news, which is what sports people and politicians do when they get their much processed, party controlled 30 second sell on tv.