STREAM
BEING HUMAN Conversation

DATE & TIME
22 September 2016

LOCATION
THE ETHICS CENTRE

What is the highest form of humour?

Comic professionals go head-to-head dissecting the ethics of humour. When is a joke too soon, too mean or downright inappropriate?

Plato said laughter is malicious. Aristotle said ugly faces are funny.

Timeless philosophical wisdom or outdated killjoys? The worst jokes are those you have to explain. But that doesn’t mean humour can’t be subject to ethical inquiry.

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Speakers

Zoe Norton Lodge

Zoe Norton Lodge is a comedian, author and creative powerhouse. She is part of the ABC television team famous for satire and pranks, The Chaser. She writes and appears in programs including The Checkout and The Chaser’s Media Circus. Zoe co-founded Story Club, the hit night at Red Dwarf theatre. Her book Almost Sincerely is like a comic biography of life growing up in Sydney.

James Colley

James Colley is head writer of SBS Comedy project The Backburner. He is performing his stand up show Idealist Prick in Sydney mid September. He is a researcher with ABC television’s Gruen program and works on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He has written for Junkee and Dan Ilic’s satirical podcast, A Rational Fear. James has been nominated for a Young Walkley Award.

Cathy Wilcox

Cathy Wilcox is a cartoonist and illustrator. She has drawn for the Sydney Morning Herald for 27 years, the Herald and The Sun Herald. She received a Walkley Award for her cartoon about Sheikh Hilaly’s infamous ‘uncovered meat’ comment, multiple Stanley Awards,  the National Museum of Australia’s Political Cartooning award and the Australian Children’s Book Council’s ‘Picture Book of the Year’.

Who is it for?


  • THE ARTIST
  • THE IMPROV MASTER
  • THE TRIVIA WIZARD

What you'll take away


  • 01HOW TO REALLY MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
  • 02WHEN A JOKE IS TOO FAR
  • 03WITTY QUIPS FOR YOUR NEXT GAMES NIGHT

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