– courtesy DAAS Live
Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston in
Near Death Experience
WORLD PREMIERE 23 & 24 October, 8pm Regal Theatre, Subiaco
Death. Sex. Horror. All the ingredients for a great night of comedy!
Supreme beings the Doug Anthony AllStars (DAAS) – Australia’s most lauded comedy trio – are on the brink of international superstardom once more, continuing their record breaking reunion with a scandalous new show.
Set to rock audiences with a new deathly funny assortment of freshly concocted comedy brilliance, including new songs (!) and new old faves, Near Death Experience premieres at Perth’s Regal Theatre in October, after two public workshop performances in Sydney. DAAS then play the Gold Coast in November and in 2016, the world!
Paul McDermott joined original member Tim Ferguson in getting the band back together, with mentor Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston as guitarist, for a tour which sold out around the country in 2014/15 and during this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The group’s initial reign as lords of the comedy universe came to an abrupt end at the height of their powers some 20 years earlier. The catalyst for the split was that which arguably has spurred their reformation – Tim’s constant companion, MS.
Whom or whatever the instigator, the AllStars agree, no one could have predicted the second coming of DAAS.
Speaking from Prague, McDermott said, “Death approaches. We have nothing to lose!” Speaking from experience, Livingston said, “Death is coming, look busy!”
“I’m in a f***ing wheelchair!” said Ferguson, speaking out of turn, just as the drugs kicked in, or wore off…
Far from posing an obstacle, tackling MS publicly and with the hilarious brash honesty DAAS is renowned for has brought more comedic fodder than either audience or performer might have thought possible or comfortable.
With boundless, enviable energy and enthusiasm, Ferguson has also this year co-written a new comedy play which premiered to much acclaim at Sydney Fringe; was Script Editor on Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, now on iView and soon to be on ABCTV; and directed a new Australian comedy feature film he co-wrote called Spin Out, shot on location in August/September and due for release in 2016.
Former Good News Week host Paul McDermott returned to TV hosting Room 101 on SBS and is one of five artists featured in the latest collectible set of FL Smalls with his book of art and prose, Fragments of the Hole.
Mentor, Paul Livingston (aka The Enigma) was modest when asked about his endeavours outside the group, including the success of his humourous and touching book, Absent Without Leave, saying only, “Don’t quote me”
With almost a century of comedic experience between them and no time to waste, the trio is proving the ravages of time have only made them more fierce and fearless, and their comedy more wicked and dangerous than ever.
The AllStars’ reputation for riotously funny and confronting social commentary, and the current state of domestic and international affairs, has audiences on the edge of their seats ready to die laughing, as DAAS satiate the die-hards and indoctrinate a new generation of fans with the cult comedy stylings that made them a groundbreaking phenomenon of the 80s and 90s, revived by hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers today.
If you enjoy your humour with outrageous lashings of sex, violence, feminism, sex, hypnotism, drugs, songs, and sex, don’t miss the second coming of Australia’s preeminent comedy trio, starring three living legends of the art.
The Doug Anthony AllStars: Near Death Experience
Death. Sex. Horror. Legendary musical comedy trio Doug Anthony All-Stars (DAAS) are back with all the ingredients for a great night of comedy. After 2014’s total sellout tour, Paul McDermott, Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston and Tim Ferguson return to Perth with a shocking new show. “Wicked, dangerous and screamingly funny.” – New York Times
23 & 24 October, 8pm Regal Theatre, Subiaco
TICKETS ON SALE NOW: $66+bf from www.ticketek.com.au
WARNING: Violence; Horror Themes; Sexual References; Hypnotism; Prescription Drug Use; and Extreme Conservative Values.
“Brutally funny!” – LA Times
“The most important comedy event since 1995.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Hilarious, magnetic, exuberantly wrong.” – Cal Wilson, The Age
“Monster gods of Australian comedy.” – The West Australian
“Shambolic, unremitting evil…” – Time Out, London “Never, ever again.” – Irish Times
Find DAAS at www.facebook.com/DougAnthonyAllStars and Twitter: @DAAS_Live #DAASLive
Host of SBS TV’s Room 101, McDermott is a modern renaissance man. Post-DAAS he hosted TV’s Good News Week; appeared in Comedy Festival Debates and with comedy trio GUD; toured his original songs with an all star band; and exhibited his sought-after paintings. He’s written and produced four books, turning two into awarded short films. McDermott’s latest book, released by boutique publishing house Finlay Lloyd,
Fragments of the Hole: Odds and ends, bibs and bobs, and little bits of nothing, is bound to be an instant collectors item.
The star of Funky Squad and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush now tours the world mitigating fear against his need to Carry a Big Stick (the title of his book and live show about life with MS).
He’s been awarded for his teaching of comedy to screenwriters, via his book The Cheeky Monkey, and lecturing at RMIT.
Shooting for the Australian romantic comedy feature film co-written and directed by Tim, called Spin Out, took place August – September 2015 and is due for cinematic release mid-2016.
Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston
When Flacco appeared on his drawing board in 1985, the diminutive Mr Livingston gave up being an animator to pursue acting. His voice can be heard in Babe and Happy Feet Two, while Flacco, best remembered from The Big Gig, was described by the UK Guardian as “a cross between Franz Kafka and Daffy Duck. The single most innovative act seen on the fringe in years”. In 2013, Livingston added to his list of book and playwriting credits, publishing a family history called Absent Without Leave.
Thirty years ago, The Doug Anthony AllStars were conceived on the streets of Canberra, busking in shopping malls (setting fire to themselves in bins, starting fights, getting arrested).
In 1987 they launched at the Edinburgh Festival and took over the world comedy scene; playing to huge crowds, breaking the mold by taking comedy into rock venues. They were the biggest-selling act at the Edinburgh Festival for eight years.
UK audiences bathed naked (literally) in the mob-rule chaos that DAAS shows inspired. From the famous Theatres in London’s West End to tiny late night shows in Irish pubs, DAAS were fast becoming Australia’s most feared, loathed and adored of all comedy exports.
In 1989 Australian comedy producer Ted Robinson stole them for his live-to-air ABCTV show The Big Gig. At last, Australia woke up to DAAS!
The trio launched DAAS Kapital, the ABC sitcom that outraged viewers around the world. It was banned in Japan and Germany, attracting what Rolling Stone US called “the most suspect fan-base on earth”. The show featured DAAS trapped in a submarine with Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston, cabaret king ‘Bob Downe’ and the misunderstood psychopath ‘American Bob’.
After two seasons of DAAS Kapital’s moral mayhem and sellout world-tours, the group relocated to New York and the UK, where Timeout London described them as ‘”the rock stars of comedy”.
DAAS attacked Canada, the USA and Europe, including a notorious performance at the Barcelona Olympics Festival where their song about dogs was met with stony silence by the 12,000 international attendees.
They starred in award-winning shows on the UK’s BBC, ITV and CH4; regular appearances on HBO, ABC, NBC, and The Today Show; and a live TV broadcast of DAAS performances in New York & London, winning the Best International award two years running at Tokyo Comedy Festival.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing. DAAS famously provoked a riot at Edinburgh’s Bear Pit comedy venue, resulting in several arrests and one stabbing. Tim Ferguson’s ‘Dance of the Winged Monkey’ was banned from the Hammersmith Odeon, and the group was thrown out of the Belfast Comedy Gala for reasons they still refuse to explain.
In 1995 when they threw in the towel, it stuck to the wall.
Now they are back.
Be mildly unnerved.
Be very mildly unnerved.
Photo Credit: DAAS Live