The Serpent’s Table: Sydney Festival 2014
Presented by Griffin Theatre Company and Performance 4a in partnership with Sydney Festival and Carriageworks: 24-27 January
Tickets for The Serpent’s Table sold out an hour after they were released in November, but there’s a special fundraiser show on 27 January if you’re keen to be one of 30 people in this intimate audience. Please contact me for details.
I’ve been involved in The Serpent’s Table since the very first meeting about it on Valentine’s Day 2011 in Newtown (appropriately, over noodles) with producer Annette Shun Wah and director and performer Darren Yap. It’s a truly Sydney production, and will be the first show I work on in Australia after being away for four months. Am hungry just thinking about it.
“Combining storytelling, installation and great food, five remarkable Asian-Australians share dishes of special significance to their lives, and reveal the moving, humorous and provocative stories behind them. You’ll savour their dishes and the experiences that inspired them.
Featuring some of Australia’s most inventive artists and cooks such as Pauline Nguyen (Secrets of the Red Lantern) and Indira Naidoo (The Edible Balcony), The Serpent’s Table is a communal celebration of the cultural and culinary richness of Sydney.” Visit the Sydney Festival website for more info.
Australian Institute of Affairs NSW Christmas Party
6pm – 8pm Tuesday 3 December, The Glover Cottages at 124 Kent St, Millers Point, Sydney
For those interested in Chinese humour and culture, the delightful Dr Jocelyn Chey and Dr Jessica Milner Davis will be celebrating the launch of their new book ‘Humour in Chinese Life and Culture: Resistance and Control in Modern Times’ (Hong Kong University Press, 2013) at the AIIA NSW Christmas Party. Register here.
I will also be doing some stand-up about Australia in the Asian Century, from my Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘Jennifer Wong is Spineless’.
The AIIA NSW is an independent, non-profit organisation, committed to the promotion of informed discussion among the Australian public on international issues and their impact on Australia.
Jennifer Wong: Laughable at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
In the absence of ponies, there will be jokes: ‘I met a comedian at a Morse code conference who couldn’t work clean. His whole act was beeped.’ ‘Big fan of Shetland ponies. Well, I like them a little.’ ‘Brevity is.’
‘If there’s a quiet achiever award for comedy, Sydney stand-up Jennifer Wong might be your winner.’ – Herald Sun
‘Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely’ – Daily Telegraph
10pm every night 3-24 August at The Dram House Upstairs, free entry. Just head to the top floor of the venue.
Jennifer Wong: Laughable
2013 Bondi Feast – A festival of theatre, comedy, music & food
9pm Friday 19 July in Bondi (sold out). Extra show added: 6pm Saturday 20 July.
Ride a carousel of pun trick ponies and sparkling one-liners with one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 10 New Comics to Watch. Catch Jennifer Wong before she takes her best ‘Laughable’ collection to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013. It’s also her last show in Sydney for the year as she’ll be plying her puns and stories overseas for the next six months, so come ride the ponies.
“If there’s a quiet achiever award for comedy, Sydney stand-up Jennifer Wong might be your winner.” – Herald Sun
“Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely.” – The Daily Telegraph
Venue: The Little Theatre, Bondi Pavilion
Tickets: $15, available to book online for Saturday’s show. You can also get a festival pass for $40, which gives you entry to three shows. Check out the calendar here. (Definitely catch Nick Coyle in Double Tribute at 7pm on Friday and Saturday. He is one of the funniest people in Sydney.)
Jennifer Wong is Spineless
After sold-out shows in Melbourne and Sydney, comedian Jennifer Wong is reunited with her first love: books and writing.
Inspired by Woody Allen, Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris, Jennifer Wong knows what she wants. But attempts to follow in the writers’ footsteps are not easy, and further complicated by the fact that one of them is dead.
Expect stand-up on this invertebrate existence, with shameless pitches to publishers.
“The show centres on Wong’s fascination with literature and language, drawing insightful parallels between her native tongue of English and her not-so-perfect attempts at Cantonese and Mandarin.
Although softly spoken, Jennifer is the loud voice of reason, depicting the clashes of culture and difficulties second-generation Chinese-Australians face as our nation’s relationship with China grows, in terms of business, culture and language. Yet, despite some serious undertones, she still delivers her material with quick wit, plenty of puns and charisma.” - What’s On Comedy
“The show’s overall humour is self-deprecating with touches of dorky enthusiasm. Wong unashamedly declares her love of puns and tests out her favourites with the audience. Some puns are brilliant; others are terrible in the best possible way, but Wong’s strengths lie in her storytelling abilities. Her off-kilter observations on racial stereotypes and the Chinese language are charming and entertaining, and perfectly paired with her unique vernacular and wit. Her delivery skews towards awkward, which is very endearing.” - artsHub
“If there’s a quiet achiever award for comedy, Sydney stand-up Jennifer Wong might be your winner.” - Herald Sun
The International Jennifer Wong Book Tour: Not Yet Published*
After sold-out comedy festival shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Jennifer Wong brings it back to where it all began: a love of books and writing.
Inspired by literary heroes Woody Allen, Dorothy Parker, and David Sedaris, the local writer and comedian presents a writers’ festival parody like no other.
Come celebrate the National Year of Reading with Jennifer Wong on the Sydney leg of her international book* tour. Expect readings, audience Q&A, and shameless pitches to publishers.
*Not Yet Published
Ouch & Other Words
2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 29 March – 22 April
2012 Sydney Comedy Festival: 3 & 8 May
2012 Perth International Comedy Festival: 16-19 May
A bookish comedian did a First Aid course so that no one around her will ever feel pain or die. This is called delusion.
Expect stories lovingly wrapped in cotton wool, with the sharp stabbing of an Epi-Pen cocktail of glucose and venom.
Jennifer has written for Good News Week and was a researcher on Can of Worms, both on Channel Ten. In 2011 she was one of five new Australian comedians selected for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Comedy Zone. This is her second solo show, and her first First Aid certification.
“Remember this show for when you’re sick of angry comics screaming about the world.” – TimeOut Melbourne
“Jennifer Wong is the future of standup comedy. Clever, thoughtful and very funny. A masterful weaver of tales and winner of hearts, she is the must-see comedian of the year.” – Tim Ferguson, Doug Anthony All Stars
“A promising hour from an emerging Australian comedian.” – The Age
“Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely.” - The Daily Telegraph, Must See Local Picks at the 2012 Sydney Comedy Festival
2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: March – April
Australia’s best stand-up apprentices have been jack-hammered into the one show…We advise to wear your hard hats, people. To enter The Comedy Zone is a risky undertaking – you’re likely to laugh your head off.
Featuring Jennifer Wong (NSW), Daniel Connell (ACT), Luke Heggie (NSW), Henry Stone (QLD) and Ronny Chieng (VIC). With special appearance by YouTube sensation Jaydos.
“Smart wordplay and elegant cheek.” – The Sydney Morning Herald, Top 10 New Comics to Watch in 2011
About Face: An Asian-Australian Variety Show
COOLie at Belvoir St Theatre Downstairs: 2-5 & 9-12 February
COOLie comprises three shows presented by Performance 4a.
MEETING IN MOREE – Chinese-Australia meets indigenous Australia when photographer/performer William Yang meets with indigenous elder and researcher Noeline Briggs-Smith.
STORIES EAST & WEST – six storytellers link past and present, Asia and Australia, family and personal aspiration. Directed by William Yang & Annette Shun Wah.
ABOUT FACE – a variety show to turn expectations 180 degrees. From mini-skirted vixens to big pants percussion, searing torch songs to a genuine 70s guitar hero. With Les Gock, Paul Cordeiro, Lena Cruz, Oliver Phommavanh, Jennifer Wong and Suara Indonesia Dance. Directed by Lisa Freshwater, with songs by Brett Wood.