New daily comedy podcast to launch with Mark Humphries, Dan Ilic, Chris Taylor and Greta Lee Jackson

Australia’s top satirists have joined forces with showrunner and producer Dylan Behan for a daily news-based comedy podcast.

The announcement:


Australia’s top satirists are teaming up to produce and release a “pilot week” of daily news-based comedy podcasts from September 19 to 22, with the hope of launching the format daily in 2020.

Mark Humphries (The Feed, ABC’s 730), Dan Ilic (A Rational Fear), Greta Lee Jackson (Tonightly with Tom Ballard) and special guest The Chaser’s Chris Taylor are among those joining showrunner/producer Dylan Behan (The Chaser, Tonightly) to present a week of daily pilot episodes under the banner of his podcast NEWS FIGHTERS from September 19 – 22, 2019.

“There’s currently FOUR daily news podcasts being made in Australia, but no damn funny ones!” said producer Dylan Behan. “So I thought: let’s do a pilot week of comedy podcasts with different hilarious hosts every day in a shameless attempt to get a benevolent media organisation to fund us next year. Also doing a pilot week worked well for Channel Ten… right?”

Expect irreverent analysis, intelligent piss-takes and a heavy dose of who-the-f**k knows what from Australia’s sharpest TV satirists, but in podcast form!

The HUGE lineup of talent booked to present the pilot week include:

Thursday September 19: Mark Humphries (ABC’s 730, SBS’s The Feed)
Friday September 20: Jake Stone (lead singer of Bluejuice) with special guest Chris Taylor (of The Chaser).
Saturday Sept 21: Greta Lee Jackson (Tonightly with Tom Ballard, Skit Box)
Sunday Sept 22: Dan Ilic (A Rational Fear, Hungry Beast, Can of Worms)

These rambunctious one-off episodes will be released nightly from September 19 to 22 on the NEWS FIGHTERS podcast feed, accessible on all major podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and at newsfighters.com.

The writing team includes a mix of veterans and newcomers including Michael Chamberlin (The Weekly), Dave Bloustein (Good News Week), Lauren Bonner (Tonightly) and Rodney Todd (Kebab Tonight, Tonightly).

Producer Dylan Behan adds: “Since the axing of Tonightly with Tom Ballard, there’s a massive surplus of very brilliant and hungry comedy talent in Australia. LITERALLY hungry – they can’t afford to eat! So I figured maybe some of us highly skilled piss-takers can try and fill a gap in the Australian media landscape for irreverent daily wisecrackery? Or failing that is there any jobs going at The Bachelor?”

Since launching as a pet project in January, NEWS FIGHTERS (as presented by Dylan Behan) has received high praise from MediaWeek (“it’s really very funny”) and notoriously fickle comedy blog Australian Tumbleweeds (“sharp… pretty good”). Recent NEWS FIGHTERS episodes have covered Scott Morrison’s war on GetUp, Boris Johnson’s Australian roots, the AFP ABC raids and a brutally honest day-after analysis of how Labor lost the federal election.

Source: News Fighters media release


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