Hannah Gadsby predicts a ‘revolution’ in comedy

Hannah Gadsby speaking at the launch of the 33rd Melbourne International Comedy Festival.Credit:Joe Armao

In her first Australian public appearance (bar two interviews) since filming her globally acclaimed Netflix special at the Sydney Opera House, Hannah Gadsby has foreshadowed a “revolution” in comedy and declared the dominance of the white male comedian all but over.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Tuesday, the Tasmanian born comic praised the festival’s push towards inclusion.

“When I first began [comedy] … it’s safe to say that diversity wasn’t a key quality of the stand-up comedy population,” she said. “That is changing."

Ms Gadsby singled out fellow Australian women comedians Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds and Zoe Coombs Marr as “punching equally as hard as I am and equally as well and brilliantly”.

“I can only hope the diversity continues to grow more genders and, in particular, sponsoring and fostering and nurturing – particularly in this racially fraught moment in history – more diversity in race.”

In recent years MICF has made significant forays into Asia, taking its Comedy Roadshow to India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and more and scouting for regional talent to perform at the Melbourne festival in shows such as the popular Comedy Zone Asia. Closer to home the festival hosts the national Deadly Funny stand-up competition for aspiring Indigenous comedians.

Ms Gadsby said not just the face of stand-up was changing but the nature of comedy.

“I believe there is a revolution in comedy about to happen – a real, big, global revolution … where the joke is not the only tool in a comedian’s kit."

Gadsby won the festival’s prestigious Barry Award for best show in 2017 with Nanette, which went on to sell out tours in London and New York before being picked up by Netflix. Roundly praised by critics, it was a raw and personal take on her experience of abuse as a young gay woman, which tapped into the #MeToo zeitgeist months before the Weinstein scandal broke.

Gadsby relocated from Melbourne to Los Angeles and her piercing commentary – including a well-received appearance at the Emmys, and a speech putting the ‘‘good men’’ of Hollywood on notice – has been widely reported on.

Gadsby credited MICF and its development programs – including Class Clowns for school-age comics, the Raw Comedy national competitions and the Geez Louise program for women comics – with helping her career.

“I doubt without the infrastructure provided by those programs that I would have persevered through the rough and tumble of the world of stand-up comedy," she said.

“Even if I had have, I think it’s certain that the more competitive and masculine world of stand-up in pubs and clubs would’ve shaped a much different voice than I’m able to use today.”

Gadsby’s first full-length show since Nanette, Douglas, premiers at MICF on Wednesday in an already sold-out run ahead of another international tour. Additional shows have been scheduled around Australia in December, however Gadsby urged comedy lovers to try someone new.

“Please take a punt see someone you don’t know,” she said. "I would really strongly encourage you to see somebody who does not look like you.”

The 33rd Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on until April 21. The Oxfam Gala screens on ABC TV on Sunday. comedyfestival.com.au

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BLACKPINK’S Jennie Debuts Blonde Hair Makeover On Teaser Poster For ‘Kill This Love’ Mini Album

BLACKPINK is making a comeback with new music and new hair. But Blinks are freaking out to see Jennie’s mane lift multiple shades lighter, her first time ever doing so in the K-pop group.

Jennie Kim, 23, said goodbye to her signature sleek brunette strands to promote Kill This Love, BLACKPINK’s new single and mini album that was announced on March 24. Jennie’s hair did a 180 with long, buttery waves in a teaser poster for the mini album, which was released the following day. The dramatic hair makeover only drummed up more excitement for the drop of BLACKPINK’s mini album on April 5, which is officially serving as the female quartet’s “comeback” in new music. Jennie, along with Lisa, 21, Rosé, 22 and Jisoo, 24, have been busy amidst their worldwide tour that wraps up in Sydney, Australia in June 2019.

“Blonde JENNIE 😱 coming to end us BLINKS!!!” one fan tweeted, while another wrote, “FINALLY BLOND JENNIE.” Blinks were accustomed to Jennie’s coffee-colored hair, and even teased that the pop star and rapper would never stray from her trademark hairstyle. “Blinks I’m telling you now, y’all know this is about to be Blackpink’s biggest comeback ever when Jennie Kim, the girl who has stayed brown haired throughout her entire career GOES BLONDE!!! We are not ready at all and K*ll This Love is going to end us,” a fan pointed out on Twitter.

Lisa also underwent a hair transformation in her teaser poster, which was released a day prior to Jennie’s (March 24). Gone was the youngest group member’s iconic orange hair, as it was switched out for silver stands that were much shorter than Lisa’s usual mane! Fans are now eagerly awaiting to see if Rosé and Jisoo will also undergo similarly dramatic makeovers.

YG Entertainment set Blinks’ expectations high with Kill This Love. “BLACKPINK’s new song is a song that is even more powerful than ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’. BLACKPINK worked with 4 world-class choreographers for this comeback, so the choreography for this comeback will be more dynamic than any other BLACKPINK song before,” YG Entertainment wrote in a press release, according to Koreaboo. Here’s to hoping that the South Korean girl group treats its fans in North America to live performances of the new song, as BLACKPINK is headlining Coachella in April, and then embarking on the group’s first North American tour on April 17.

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British tourist dies while snowboarding in Andorra

British snowboarder, 59, dies after smashing into tree in front of his wife while on the slopes in Andorra

  • An unnamed 59-year-old British man has died while snowboarding in Andorra
  • The incident happened around 1pm on Monday at the Grandvalira Ski Resort
  • His wife was also on the slopes, but she was not with him at the time of death
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A British snowboarder has died after smashing into a tree at an Andorran ski resort.

The unnamed 59-year-old was pronounced dead after being rushed to base station with life-threatening injuries following the accident.

His wife is understood to have been on the ski slopes with him although he was alone when he hurt himself.

The incident happened around 1pm this afternoon/yesterday afternoon (MON) at the emblematic Avet slope, which is one of Grandvalira Ski Resort’s most famous slopes and has hosted prestigious competitions such as the 2012 Women’s Skiing World Cup.

A British man has died while snowboarding at the Grandvalira Ski Resort in Andorra (pictured) 

Police have launched a routine inquiry.

A spokesman for Grandvalira Andorra said: “Grandvalira regrets the death of a British tourist who this afternoon has suffered an accident on the Avet slope in the Soldeu sector.

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“The man, who was practising snowboard, lost control and hit a tree, suffering serious injuries and going into cardiac arrest.

“The base station rescue teams rapidly activated the emergency protocol and rushed to the scene of the incident to assist the injured man.

The incident happened around 1pm on Monday on the Avet slope, which is one of Grandvalira Ski Resort’s most famous

“They subsequently transferred him to the bottom of the slope. Despite all attempts to revive him, he died minutes later.

“The incident happened on the Avet slope, which is classified as a black slope and over the last few days and in several parts, has been signposted with warnings about hard-packed snow conditions.

“This slope is recommended for users with a high degree of skiing expertise.

“The dead man was skiing alone when the accident happened. Andorra’s police force has opened an investigation to clarify the possible causes.

“Grandvalira regrets this terrible loss of life and would like to pass on their condolences to the man’s family and friends.” 

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Dallas Stars topple Winnipeg Jets in potential playoff preview

Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa each scored twice as the Dallas Stars ended a two-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Esa Lindell also had a goal and Alexander Radulov contributed a pair of assists for the Stars (39-31-6), who continue to hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots for Dallas to record the 200th win of his career.

Kyle Connor had a goal and one assist and Patrik Laine ended a 12-game scoring drought for the Jets with his 30th goal of the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the Jets (45-27-4), who still sit in first place in the Central Division, two points up on Nashville with a game in hand.

Dallas dominated the second period, scoring three goals in a less-than-five-minute span.

The Stars got their first power play of the game early in the second and couldn’t capitalize on five shots, but a minute after it expired, they hit their stride.

Lindell’s shot from the top of the circle went by Hellebuyck’s blocker at 10:27, although it appeared the puck might have been tipped by Faksa.

Faksa then went in alone on Hellebuyck and beat the netminder high on his glove side at 12:23.

The Stars then had a two-man advantage, and Seguin notched his 30th goal of the season with a shot on the blocker side at 15:16. Seguin has scored 30 or more goals in five of his last six seasons.

Seguin tallied his second goal on the power play at 10:34, adding to a four-game point streak that includes four goals and four assists.

Winnipeg responded with a burst of life 29 seconds later as Connor notched his 33rd goal of the season, which followed up the hat trick and one assist he had in Winnipeg’s 5-0 victory over the Predators last Saturday.

Laine blasted a one-timer past Bishop at 15:10 to close the gap 4-2, but Faksa put the puck into an empty net with 40 seconds remaining.

Winnipeg plays the third game of its four-game homestand Thursday against the New York Islanders.

Dallas goes to Calgary on Wednesday to play the second contest in a four-game road trip.

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Sofia Richie Wears Tiny Bikini On Vacation With Scott Disick After He Makes Khloe His WCW

Sofia Richie showed off her incredible body on Mar. 24, when she flaunted a light blue bikini while hanging out with boyfriend Scott Disick during their sunny getaway in Santa Barbara, CA.

Sofia Richie, 20, was a sexy sight to see when she showed off a tiny bikini during her vacation with boyfriend Scott Disick, 35, in Santa Barbara, CA on Mar. 24. The blonde beauty wore sunglasses and took in the warm sun in the eye-catching light blue swimsuit, which looked flattering on her fit frame while Scott looked cool and comfortable in a black tank top. The lovebirds seemed to rent out a beachfront house in the sunny location and they embraced the warm weather by enjoying a lunch together at a table that was overlooking the ocean. They both shared some videos and snapshots of the romantic getaway on Instagram.

Scott and Sofia’s romance has been going strong since May 2017, and although there’s been ups and downs at certain moments, the couple always manages to stick together. Scott spends a lot of time with his ex Kourtney Kardashian, 39, since she’s the mother of his three children, Mason, 9, Penelope, 6, and Reign, 4, but Sofia doesn’t seem to mind and she sometimes even joins them on outings. Scott also spends time with Kourtney’s siblings and even recently admitted to having a crush on Khloe Kardashian, 34, by naming her his “Woman Crush Wednesday” on social media on Mar. 12.

The post led to many fans getting confused, but it seemed to be all in good fun as Khloe responded to it with laughs and love. Sofia took it well for the most part, but a source previously EXCLUSIVELY told us that she couldn’t help but be a tiny bit bothered by it, since she wouldn’t mind showing up on Scott’s social media page more. “Although Sofia was really not threatened by Scott posting about Khloe being his WCW, she does wish he would share more photos of her on his social media,” the source told us. “Even though she is not threatened, it still stings just a little, and is a little bit uncomfortable. Scott has posted a few pics of Khloe recently and hasn’t shared any of Sofia on his Instagram page for months now.”

The last time Scott posted a pic of Sofia on Instagram was in Dec. and it featured him sitting in a lounge chair between her and Kourtney. Perhaps this Santa Barbara getaway will inspire him to post another soon? We guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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Jenelle Evans Fuels David Eason Split Rumors With Cryptic Posts

AceShowbiz -Are Jenelle Evans and David Eason really going to splitsville? Rumors have been swirling around since earlier this year suggesting that the couple’s marriage is on the rocks, and the “Teen Mom 2” star has apparently added fuel to the rumors by sharing on social media over the weekend a series of cryptic posts.

The MTV personality began her post by writing, “In the end, we all just want someone that chooses us. Over everyone else. Under any circumstances,” before sharing another post that read, “Don’t accept people in your life that you give multiple chances to then they f**k it up… Every single time.” Not stopping there, Jenelle later shared a meme of woman disposing $300 from an ATM along with a caption that read, “Me without a man.”

Jenelle concluded her cryptic posts by writing, “Maybe if I post a status he will notice me…” Afterward, the brunette beauty deleted all of her posts.

The couple sparked split rumors after Jenelle shared cryptic posts on Facebook and the latter declared himself “single.” She also changed her relationship status to “separated” in addition to posting a photo of herself with the caption, “Single AF.” Additionally, Jenelle posted a screenshot of the song she was listening, Ke$ha‘s “Learn to Let Go”, which is about letting go of a painful past.

While there seems to be trouble in her marriage with David, at last Jenelle has finally reconciled with her mom Barbara Evans, whom she shaded for accusing her husband of domestic violence. Taking to Instagram on Monday, March 25, the reality TV star gave a birthday shout-out to her mother and uploaded a picture of the elder woman holding her grandchild in what appeared to be Jenelle’s house.


“#HappyBirthday Mom! Super glad we have reconnected and let’s keep it that way,” she wrote in the caption of the heartwarming pics. “The kids love you around.”

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‘The Unicorn’: Rob Corddry & Michaela Watkins To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot, John Hamburg To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Childrens Hospital alum Rob Corddry and former Casual star Michaela Watkins are set as for lead roles opposite star-producer Walton Goggins in CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot The Unicorn. John Hamburg (Meet the Parents) has been tapped to direct the pilot from Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

The Unicorn, originally developed as a single-camera, was picked up to pilot as a multi-camera. It was subsequently reverted to its original single-camera format and is the only single-camera comedy pilot at CBS this season; all others are multi-camera/hybrid.

Written by Martin and Schiff and inspired by a true story, The Unicorn centers on Wade (Goggins), a recent widower who is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity.

Corddry will play Forrest, one of Wade’s good friends and married to the very opinionated, blunt and controlling Delia (Watkins), Forrest is a tightly wound and cerebral guy determined to look like a cool guy. He encourages Wade to start dating again to help his friend find happiness, but also might be living a little vicariously through Wade’s foray into the world of online dating.

Watkins’ Delia takes the helm when Wade starts looking to date again, though sometimes that means activating her husband Forrest to do the dirty work. Appalled at the entropy that has set in at the house since Wade’s wife died, she thinks it’s important to come up with a concrete plan of action.

Martin, Schiff and Hamburg — who has a deal with Kapital — executive produce with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Wendi Trilling and Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed. CBS TV Studios is the studio.

Four-time Emmy-winning actor-writer Corddry’s credits include HBO’s Ballers and Netflix’s upcoming series Medical Police, an offshoot of his Emmy-winning series Childrens Hospital. Corddry, who is co-writing/executive producing the new series, is repped by Artists First, WME and Hansen Jacobson.

Watkins, who starred as Valerie Meyers for four seasons on Hulu’s Casual, stars in Brittany Runs a Marathon, a film which sold to Amazon for $14 million at Sundance. She also recurs on Catastrophe as Rob Delaney’s sister and will be seen in a multi-episode arc opposite Alia Shawkat in Search Party. Watkins, who has recurred on Transparent for multiple seasons and will be a part of the upcoming Transparent musical finale, is repped by Haven, UTA and attorney Patti Felker.

Hamburg’s credits include co-writer of the Meet the Parents franchise, Zoolander, writer-director of Along Came Polly, I Love You, Man and Why Him? Hamburg is repped by WME and attorney John Sloss.

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Elizabeth Hurley Still Fits Into Her Iconic ‘Versace’ Dress From 1994

Elizabeth Hurley looks stunning in a shoot from the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on newsstands March 26.

In the issue, the 53-year-old actress recreates her iconic Versace pin gown, which she originally wore to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. Here’s what she had to say:

On the night where she first wore the Versace pin gown: “I was so unprepared for what happened that night. I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh’s premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion. I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag. I took it home and did my own hair and makeup, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn’t even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat. It was all very unglamorous compared to how things get done these days.”

On how it feels to remember that evening: “Like a time revisited with affection. Back then I didn’t think too deeply about anything. I followed my jobs with a Samsonite suitcase, shoot to shoot, movie to movie.”

On maintaining her figure: “I don’t exercise, but I am very active. But just because it still fits doesn’t mean I would wear it today — it wouldn’t be appropriate!”

For more from Elizabeth, visit harpersbazaar.com.

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Noah Syndergaard isn’t only Mets player questioning Syracuse trip

SARASOTA, Fla. — At least one Mets player privately applauded Noah Syndergaard for “taking one for the team” with his recent comments about the club’s upcoming visit to Syracuse, but publicly players used measured tones Monday to address the subject, hoping to avoid further controversy.

“Obviously we would like to go straight to D.C. and get things going,” Michael Conforto said, referring to Thursday’s season-opener in Washington. “But this year the circumstance is different, the [Triple-A] team is moving to Syracuse and it’s something we have got to do along the way.”

The Mets, who played their Grapefruit League finale on Monday against the Orioles after bussing three hours across Florida the previous night, are scheduled to hold a workout at the Carrier Dome on Syracuse University’s campus — if the team can get there on time following a multi-hour delay — before flying Tuesday afternoon to Washington. The trip to Syracuse will prevent manager Mickey Callaway from holding a mandatory workout Wednesday in Washington — the 12-2 p.m. session will instead be voluntary.

Syndergaard on Sunday ripped team brass for the decision to hold the workout in Syracuse. The pitcher also questioned why teammate Jacob deGrom hasn’t yet received a contract extension as Thursday’s negotiating deadline approaches.

Jeff McNeil is among those who sees both sides of the equation in the visit to Syracuse.

“I think Noah said, it’s kind of tough to head up there,” McNeil said. “But it’s good for all the Mets fans and it’s going to promote the team as well. We’re going to go up there and do the workout and go to D.C. and be ready.”

Conforto was asked if he agrees with Syndergaard’s assessment that deGrom, who is under club control through 2020, should have locked up a new contract already.

“Noah again showing his honesty,” Conforto said. “Obviously they are very close friends and he wants [deGrom] to get what he’s earned and I think we all feel the same way. We all have his back.”

Syndergaard, who was sporting a big winter coat in the clubhouse after Monday’s game, declined comment.

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Kim Kardashian shows off famous curves in bodysuit and glittery tights as she steps out in Paris

KIM Kardashian showed off her famous figure wearing a sparkling body suit and tights tonight.

The 38-year-old jetted into the French capital today and was spotted looking incredibly glam just hours after touching down.

She wore the eye-catching sparkly ensemble with white heels and a long chunky cardigan, while her hair was styled poker straight.

Her trip to Paris comes after another church meeting at her home, with music led by husband Kanye West.

The couple, who are already parents to  North, five, Saint, three and Chicago, are gearing up to become parents again.

Kim revealed she is having her fourth child – a baby boy –  by surrogate earlier this year.

While the due date is unknown, she admitted in January that the baby was due “sometime soon”.

Appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Kim admitted she let slip the news when she got drunk at a Christmas Eve party.

She admitted: "I got drunk at our Christmas Eve party and told some people. I can't remember who I told because I never get drunk."

It’s thought Kim – who makes money no option when it comes to throwing lavish parties – is planning "some sort of shower" to celebrate.

A source said recently: "They just recently began sharing the news with friends that they were having a fourth. They've been so busy with their three kids and the holidays they haven't had a lot of time to do anything else.

"Kim will have some sort of shower to celebrate. It's a different experience for Kim when she isn't pregnant. But she's happy she has been through this before and knows what to expect. She had such a positive experience the first time and is really thrilled to be able to do this again this way."

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