Dr Mumbo

GQ versus Bono

To the GQ Man of the Year Awards at the Sydney Opera House, which was competing with the minor distractions outside the window of U2’s Bono and The Edge, a flotilla of boats sailing in formation, fireworks and the Harbour Bridge being turned red to mark World Aids Day.

Nonetheless, host Wil Anderson battled valiantly to keep the glamorous audience’s attention, including a refreshingly honest approach to the awards. After he was named as media personality of the year, he told the audience: “I’d pretend I was surprised, but I was at the rehearsal.”

Earlier in the night, band of the year Birds of Tokyo faced their own losing fight to get the room’s attention. After their performance, the thanks from the band sounded suspiciously like: “Fuck you very much for listening.” But of course, Dr Mumbo could have been mistaken.

Meanwhile, best joke of the night came from comedian of the year, Talkin Bout Your Generation’s Josh Thomas, who complained about being sat with politician of the year, Australia’s youngest MP Wyatt Roy on “the kids table”.


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