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Comedian Wil Anderson at the Sydney Opera House
Wil Anderson, one of Australia's most popular comedians, is returning to the Sydney Opera House on Thursday, 7 April for 2 performances of his new show 'Fire at Wil'. He'll jump on stage for another global tour after wrapping up another season of hit TV show The Gruen Transfer.
Wil Anderson at Sydney Opera House (photo by the Sydney Opera House)
For 20 years, Wil has been making Aussies laugh at the inane aspects of our quickening news cycle, our politicians, celebrities and big corporations, all greedily clutching for our wallets, purses and attention. He's toured throughout Australia, Canada, Europe, America and Asia, performing at the largest comedy festivals in the world, including Montreal, Edinburgh and Melbourne.
Wil Anderson poster (image by the Wil Anderson website)
His insights and comedic timing are drawcards for television and radio shows, boosting ratings whenever he picks up a mic. Since 2008, he's been the host of the television talk show The Gruen Transfer (named for the effect retail stores cause to tease our spending urges), recording the highest debut ratings for a light entertainment show in the history of the ABC TV network. It's returned for multiple seasons and spawned the special offshoot programs Gruen Nation about Australian politics and Gruen Sweat, targeting the Olympics. The Gruen Transfer then morphed into Gruen Planet and now simply 'Gruen', highlighting the global tactics of corporations and political movements.
Wil's new show, Fire at Wil, features new content appealing to diehard fans and first-timers to Wil's standup. He'll be firing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival audience, jostling with the lineup of comics from around the world after winning the People's Choice Award 5 times. A regular visitor to the USA, he'll be primed with new material aimed at the new cast of candidates battling for the presidency.
If you haven't experienced his stand-up, check out this highlight from a recent show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. You can also delight in or be angered by his criticism of the Kardashians in The Gruen Transfer or the funny side of Australian politics in Gruen Nation.
You can even watch his last show, 'Wiluminati', performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2015 here.
Wil also finds time to host an in-depth chat show podcast, in the increasingly popular long-form interview style made popular by comedians in America. A compelling guest is invited to chat for 1-2 hours to explore stories, ideas and beliefs you'd miss with the usual sound-grab publicity tours.
Wil hits the stage for 75 minutes, including a bonus 15 minute warm-up act, beginning at 7pm and 9.15pm. The language isn't as profane as other comedians but children under 15 years should be joined by a parent or carer.