The Doug Anthony All Stars, which consists of Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson, and new addition Paul Livingston (aka. Flacco) taking over the reins from Richard Fidler, started busking in Garema Place in 1984, but disbanded at the height of their fame in 1994. 2014 is their 30th anniversary.
“Canberra is our heartland, our homeland, and the birthplace of the All Stars,” says Paul McDermott, “It was on the muddled pavers of Garema Place that we honed our craft, sang beautifully, prattled on about politics and battled earnest Christians for busking glory. It’s great news that our shows have sold out at the Canberra Comedy Festival!”
McDermott, perhaps best known for his role as host of Good News Week, recalls the Doug Anthony All Stars proclivity for dark comedy, “It was Petrie Plaza where I was set alight, in a garbage bin, in the name of comedy, while pretending to be Joan of Arc. Those were good times, stupidly funny and often dangerous.”
The Canberra Comedy Festival runs from March 4-9, with over 50 shows from the world’s best comedians. For those that missed out on the Doug Anthony All Stars anniversary shows, the only chance to see them will be at the Opening Night Gala on March 4 alongside comedians Tom Gleeson, Sammy J, Jeff Green, Urzila Carlson, and Matt Okine.
McDermott is looking forward to their new show, acknowledging the All Stars’ too long absence with confidence, “Despite the cruel vicissitudes of age, we intend to bring joy to the masses.”
If you weren’t quick enough to get tickets to these shows there is still a chance to win tickets with a B2B Magazine giveaway – entries close 14th February.