An award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director, Chris Rock is undoubtedly talented and hilarious. And in 2017 Chris Rock visits Australia as part of his Total Blackout world tour, giving audiences the chance to see his upfront and in-your-face comedy stylings in person.
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth are all lucky enough to score a date on Chris Rock’s full-scale world tour – his first in nine years. It all kicks off in Perth on Friday 23 June before heading to Brisbane for Saturday 24 June, Melbourne on Monday 26 June and finishing up in Sydney on Wednesday 28 June.
Chris Rock has been making people laugh since the 80s, scoring his first film role (after steadily rising in the comedy scene ranks) thanks to a chance meet with Eddie Murphy who cast him in Beverly Hills Cop II.
Since then he has had us in fits with his comedy talents in both writing and performing with stints on Saturday Night Live, a variety of comedy specials, movies and even his very own shows.
Renowned for tackling the tricky subjects, Chris Rock dissects race, politics, money and relationships, simultaneously giving his audience a fresh, honest perspective and a near blackout from laughter.
A highlight reel for someone like Chris Rock could go for hours, but we’ve put together just a handful of his best lines about his favourite comedy subject: life.
1. Chris Rock on the world
“You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named ‘Bush’, ‘Dick’ and ‘Colin.’ Need I say more?”
2. Chris Rock on his mum
“My mother was real cheap. OK, practical. She would never pay a bill on time. ‘If they ain’t cutting it off, I ain’t paying’, she would say, ‘The first bill is a suggestion. If they really want you to pay it, then they’ll come and tap on your window’. Her whole philosophy of life was: if you die owing money, then you’ve won.”
3. Chris Rock on fame
“Yeah, I love being famous. It’s almost like being white, y’know?”
4. Chris Rock on relationships
“Married guys know more about women than single guys. Single guys have girlfriends. Girlfriends are always auditioning, always on their best behavior. Wives are like Supreme Court justices. They do whatever the f--- they want.”
5. Chris Rock on police
“I had a cop pull me over the other day, scared me so bad, made me think I stole my own car. ‘Get out of the car, get out of the f------ car! You stole this car!’ I was like, ‘Damn, maybe I did!’”
Want more? Get your tickets to Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour here.
Soccer fans are beyond excited for June, and it’s not because they love winter. June 2017 sees soccer superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar land in Australia to play in an epic match at the MCG.
Neymar’s Brazil is currently on top of the South American Qualifiers table and feeling more than ready for a full strength friendly with Messi’s Argentina in the lead up to the World Cup Qualifiers later this year.
In case you need a reminder, here are a few reasons why you must get tickets to watch Argentina and Brazil at the SuperClasico de las Americas event in Melbourne this June.
Reason 1 – The best players the world has seen
Messi and Neymar are two of the best players of world football to have ever graced a field. For Australians, seeing not one but both of these players live in action is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course, while Messi and Neymar are absolute superstars, their teammates are world-class in their own right. Brazil features the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, while Argentina has Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.
Reason 2 – Argentina vs Brazil
When the world’s number 1 and 2 ranked teams play in a city near you, you go. It’s that simple really. There’s no doubt that this match will end up on your list of life’s unforgettable moments. If you don’t go it may end up on a list of your life’s biggest regrets.
Reason 3 – A rare face off
Outside of the World Cup qualifiers, Argentina and Brazil don’t play each other all that often. And they certainly don’t play each other down under all that often. Since their first match in 1914, the two teams have only gone head to head in 107 games, including friendlies. The tally currently stands at 44 wins to Brazil, 28 wins to Argentina and 25 draws. Who knows what Melbourne has in store…
Reason 4 – A fierce friendly
Sure this match is a ‘friendly’ – that is, it doesn’t count towards a tournament – but with the 100-year rivalry between Argentina and Brazil, watching these two teams face off is always a battle to behold. This is a match that will be taken seriously.
Don’t miss out as the action unfolds at the MCG in June.
Click here to learn more and find tickets for this soccer blockbuster taking place on Friday 9 June, 2017 at the MCG, Melbourne.
WATCH: 5 Epic Ashes Moments in History
Taking on Australia in Australia is one of the biggest challenges England’s cricket team can face, and it all begins this November.
English VS Australia in the Ashes surely sits among history’s epic rivalries, so to secure tickets to this hotly anticipated event you’ll need to act fast – after all, the Ashes only heads down under once every four years.
Australian captain Steve Smith is set to dominate this series and all things considered, we think there’s a good chance he will lead Australia to an Ashes win in 2017/2018.
While we’ve got a bit of a wait to watch it all unfold, let’s relive five of the best Ashes moments from the last 50 years.
1. Gilchrist greatness confirmed
Adam Gilchrist is a true gentleman of the game and one of the most exciting players to watch.
His performance in Perth in 2006 was no exception, with Gilly delivering a 57-ball century!
Gilchrist is a true cricket legend and often touted as the greatest wicketkeeper/batsman to have ever graced the sport. Watching this reminds us why:
2. Amazing Adelaide
A Test that gets dubbed ‘Amazing Adelaide’ doesn’t get the nickname for nothing.
It was the second test of the 2006/2007 Ashes Series and it’s safe to say England was dominating.
But Australia wasn’t going to go down without a fight and fight they did. The comeback commenced with a glorious combined effort from the likes of Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey.
Shane Warne contributed with one of his highly regarded Ashes moments, grabbing 4/49 from 32 overs.
Relive the events that took place at Amazing Adelaide for yourself:
3. Waugh’s last ball century
After a tense year Steve Waugh wanted runs. Taking to the SCG in 2003 with his goal in mind, Waugh blew the minds of the crowd and demonstrated stunning skill achieving one of the greatest centuries seen in the sport.
This Ashes moment is a beautiful performance of a cricket legend truly in the zone, batting with his head and his heart.
4. Taylor and Marsh’s 329
The fifth Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in the 1989 series was a record breaker.
Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh proved to have a partnership to be reckoned with. Their first wicket of 329 was the highest score for the first wicket of any test match in England.
Get comfy on the edge of your seat and watch it all over again:
5. That Ball
No reputable list of memorable Ashes moments could ignore this mind-blowing ball from cricket legend Shane Warne.
Commonly known as ‘The Ball of the Century’ or even simply ‘The Ball’, Warney cemented his place in history with this one.
While Warney has said it was really a bit of a fluke, it just might be the greatest cricket delivery of all time.
Watch as Warne recounts the moment himself (and of course check out that incredible delivery):
The Ashes has plenty more memorable moments to be made. Be there for them – Ashes tickets will be available for purchase shortly.
As the AFL pre-season wraps up on March 12, fans are ready and waiting for the 2017 premiership season to get under way.
It’s time to don your team colours and head along to watch the season unfold as AFL’s biggest names put their skills to the test.
While the fan favourites are always a pleasure to see in action, there’s plenty of excitement surrounding some of the game’s youngsters taking to the field in 2017. Who will we see have a breakout season this year? Only time will tell, but we’ve got four hot picks for players to watch in 2017.
Jordan De Goey – Collingwood
This 20-year old was expected to shine last year after an impressive 24-disposal game up against Geelong at the NAB Challenge. That momentum was lost and De Goey wasn’t the 2016 star we expected, but after some hard work and a run in the VFL last year, 2017 might be the one for this midfielder.
Hayden Crozier, Fremantle
In 2016 we saw Hayden Crozier thrive with a switch from small forward to half back but a calf injury meant the season was cut short for him. This year the 23-year old is set to be a strong stand-out for the Dockers.
Nakia Cockatoo, Geelong
The Cats need speed through their midfield and we’ve got a feeling that 20-year old Nakia Cockatoo is just the player to deliver for them. He’s shown he has potential now let’s hope that 2017 leaves injuries in the past and we can watch this star in the making reach his full potential.
Take a look at Cockatoo as he talked about some of his goals for the 2017 premiership season:
Christian Petracca, Melbourne
There’s no doubt about it – Christian Petracca has got immense talent. Dees supporters can expect him to make a big impact in the 2017 AFL premiership season, delivering an impressive combination of power and skill. Petracca is a rare talent indeed – watch this space.
There’s nothing like getting along to support your team in the flesh. We’ve got the best tickets to the biggest matches. Get your AFL tickets today.
Life lessons can come from the most surprising places. From loved ones to total strangers, a momentous event to a memorable holiday.
One thing’s for sure though - life lessons have never been learned in a more hilarious way than those we’ve all learned from Seinfeld over the years.
The man himself, Jerry Seinfeld, is bringing his trademark observational humour and sharp wit to Australia this August. In the lead up, let’s reflect on some of the essential life lessons that Seinfeld equipped us with.
Fashion choices can have a bigger impact than you realise
While a suit will give off vibes of professionalism and success, cowboy boots will make you look like, well, a cowboy. A big no-no if, like Jerry, you don’t want to be a cowboy…
Same goes for puffy pirate shirts…
And it doesn’t matter how cold it is, a Gore Tex coat is probably unnecessary.
Be mindful of the rules
Sometimes playing by the rules is the best way to get what you really want… If you don’t, you could end up like George Costanza – with no soup.
Fake it til you make it
Sometimes you’ve got to stretch the truth a little to get to where you want to be. But you have to commit. For example, if you’re going to say you’re a marine biologist, you better save that whale.
Dating can be tough
The Seinfeld gang has shown us the best of dating and the worst. For example – there is such thing as having too much in common…
And if you ever do get to the point where you’re actually going to get married, invest in self-adhesive envelopes.
You’ve always got your friends
Whatever life throws at you, a solid group of friends will be there to get you through the lows and celebrate the highs right alongside you.
For more life lessons from comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld, get yourself along to one of his shows while he is in Australia later this year. Limited Jerry Seinfeld tickets are available here.
Whether you’re a musical theatre connoisseur or a big fan of South Park, Book of Mormon is a stage extravaganza that will please. If you fall into both of those categories then you simply cannot miss this Broadway blockbuster.
There are plenty of other reasons to get yourself to Book of Mormon – let’s take a look at just five of them:
1. Storytelling and songs like nothing you’ve heard before
Back in 1997 the adult animated sitcom South Park pushed the envelope beyond what we were used to. Its heavy use of satire, profanity and clever dark humour saw the show become a huge success.
South Parks’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the writers behind Book of Mormon and guess what – you can expect plenty of satire, profanity and dark humour in this show too.
In somewhat of an unexpected twist, when these writing geniuses needed a collaborator, it was Robert Lopez that they found – the writer of Frozen hit, ‘Let It Go’. (Don’t worry - he’s also the co-creator of Avenue Q).
Needless to say, Book of Mormon takes you on a journey that you never could have expected. And boy do they do it hilariously, which brings us to reason #2…
2. Book of Mormon may be one of the funniest things you’ll ever see
This multi-award winning show will leave you aching from laughing so much. Face ache, muscle aches – all well worth it though. It’s not often a musical theatre production can be considered hilarious but Book of Mormon truly is.
This is a show that goes where most wouldn’t dare – and does it in the funniest ways possible, satirising just about everything and leaving you in fits of laughter.
3. References for miles
From Star Wars to The Lion King, fans of musical theatre and pop culture will have a ball spotting all the references slipped into Book of Mormon.
While some references are subtle parodies, others are more overt. See how many you can find – there are even online forums dedicated to this pursuit.
4. Exceptional performances from a stellar cast
Book of Mormon is shocking, brilliant, risqué and side-splittingly funny – and these qualities are all the more obvious thanks to the incredible cast.
A.J. Holmes and Ryan Bondy come direct from the U.S. production and are joined by an exceptional cast of Australians including Rowan Witt, Zahara Newman, Bert Labonte and more.
5. It’s offensive, but you’ll still enjoy it (probably)
There’s no denying it – Book of Mormon spends much of its time on stage poking fun at religion while swearing. A lot. But that doesn’t mean it’s just for atheists.
It’s a well-thought out exploration of the Mormon faith that certainly doesn’t encourage rejection of it by its dedicated followers. The handling of the show’s central theme is so clever and hilarious that Book of Mormon is likely to be a worthwhile visit to the theatre regardless of your religious persuasion. And that includes Mormons.
There you have it – five of the countless reasons why Book of Mormon is a must see.
Do yourself a favour and catch Book of Mormon in Melbourne between now and June 25, 2017. For Book of Mormon tickets, click here.
Since the Australian Open was first held in 1905, plenty has changed in the world.
Technology and science have advanced at a rapid rate, offering us new approaches to many things in life.
Australian Open tennis has experience a huge amount of innovation over the years as a result of these advancements. Many of them have been game changers!
Let’s explore a few elements of the Australian Open we knew then - and see how it has evolved to become the Australian Open we know and love today.
Then: From 1905 to 1987 Australian Open tennis was played on grass courts. In fact, grass courts used to be very common as their softness is well matched to the human body. However, the high cost of upkeep and issues with rain saw their popularity decline.
Now: Since 1988 the Australian Open courts have been hard courts. Australia’s Plexicushion courts are acrylic topped and offer consistency in the bounce. Throw in a stadium with a roof that can be opened and closed - courts are now suitable for any weather conditions that Australia’s climate offers up.
Then: Pick up a tennis racquet back in the early 1900s and it would’ve been a wooden frame with strings made from animal guts… Wire strings came next and the laminated wooden frame racquets remained popular for close to 100 years. Steel and aluminium came next, but wood was still preferred by many.
Now: A few players still swear by natural gut strings, but most favour nylon or polyester synthetic racquet strings. Most tennis racquet frames today are made from graphite or carbon fibre composite materials. These are lighter and longer lasting, giving players the power to play a better game than ever before.
Then: The Australian Open used to be deemed too far away on the map, so right up until 1946 there were no international players!
Now: Fast forward to 2017 and the Australian Open is a highlight on the world tennis calendar with the best of the best flocking to our shores to compete.
Then: Until recent years, line-calling was 100% up to humans. Whether it was going to be a relatively insignificant point or a point to change the game, line-callers had to watch carefully and make the often-challenging decisions along with the chair umpire.
Now: The 2007 Australian Open was the first grand slam tournament to introduce Hawk-Eye in line-call challenges. The 2017 Australian Open will use Hawk-Eye for electronic reviews on many courts, including at Rod Laver, Hisense and Margaret Court Arenas. The Australian Open review system allows players three incorrect challenges each during a set, with an additional one in the event of a tiebreak. Watch Hawk-Eye in action in this video:
There’s just something in human nature that enjoys pitting things against each other – think Batman Vs Superman, PC Vs Apple, peanut butter Vs vegemite – the competition is real!
And when it comes to sport, there aren’t many that compare to tennis for famous rivalries between world-class players. It’s why thousands of Aussies are already securing their Australian Open tickets for 2017.
Every year, the Australian Open provides an inspiring spectacle of underdogs and dominators all vying for the glory of winning their first (or in the case of Serena Williams their 23rd) Grand Slam title.
If you’re planning to get your hands on Australian Open tickets, here’s a taste of the famous rivalries you’ll get a glimpse of in Melbourne this summer.
Serena Williams Vs… Everyone
Serena Williams is an undisputed legend in women’s tennis and has consistently dominated at the Australian Open.
On the world stage her total of 22 Grand Slam singles titles is second only to Margaret Court with 24, and she is the only player to win ten Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. Williams also holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open(six).
Understandably then, she’s viewed as a formidable opponent by all who compete against her.
However, Williams is not currently ranked the world number one in the women’s league – that title goes to German Angelique Kerber, who overcame Serena in last year’s Aussie Open final in an incredibly emotional match.
With Williams chasing Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record and Kerber hungry for a second Australian Open tournament win, we’re expecting fireworks in 2017.
Novak Djokovic Vs Andy Murray
The Australian Open is where the skilled Serbian, Novak Djokovic won his first Grand Slam and has since claimed six wins at the Aussie tournament, including in 2016.
Many of these final wins have been against Scotland’s Andy Murray. Almost mirroring Djokovic’s wins, Murray has come runner up in five Australian Open finals – and always so frustratingly close.
In the upcoming season, Murray enters 2017 as the current world number one in men’s singles tennis and with what’s being described as the ultimate momentum to take home the big prize down under.
But will it be enough to overcome the mental hurdle of defeating archrival Djokovic and other skilled contenders? Time will tell.
If one thing is certain, 2017 will be another landmark year for the world’s tennis elite as old rivals face off and newcomers make their mark.
Secure your Australian Open tickets here.
The Australian Open is nearly upon us again, delivering world class tennis, high stakes and drama to Melbourne.
As we gear up for another tennis extravaganza and wonder what classic moments will come from the Australian Open in 2017, it seems like the perfect time to explore some of the unforgettable moments from the Australian Open’s history.
Tears, tantrums, impromptu swimming and some inspiring sportsmanship feature as we reminisce about the Australian Open over the years.
1990: McEnroe loses it
It’s no secret that John McEnroe has a bit of trouble controlling his temper. The American is no stranger to being kicked off the court however at the Australian open in 1990 he outdid himself.
Stopping to intently glare at a lineswoman was the first violation for McEnroe but it didn’t stop there. A wide forehand saw him take it out on his racquet, smashing it into the ground. That was strike two. The call for that code violation prompted McEnroe to begin swearing at the chair umpire, which lead to his third code violation. Unfortunately for McEnroe, he was apparently unaware that the previous year’s 4-strike rule was now a 3-strike rule and defaulted on his match. Oops. Even more notable is that this incident made McEnroe the first player to be disqualified from a grand slam since 1963!
McEnroe has had so many on-court tantrums, you can even watch video compilations of them:
1992: Jim Courier takes a dip
It was a win for Jim Courier over Stefan Edberg in the 1992 men’s final, but it wasn’t so much the match that we all remember.
The combination of heat and physical exertion saw Jim and his coach jump straight in to the Yarra River for a dip despite the Victoria health department’s warning that the river’s pollution levels were 18 times higher than acceptable for humans. Undeterred, the two embarked on this post-match tradition again the following year!
2009: A post-match hug
Professional sport brings with it an intensity that can go beyond the physical and for Roger Federer the emotion was just too much in 2009.
After losing the Australian Open championship to Rafael Nadal, Federer was overcome with emotion breaking down as he was presented with his runner-up trophy. In the ultimate show of sportsmanship and respect for his rival, Nadal approached Federer and comforted him with a hug.
2012: The longest Australian Open match in history
It doesn’t get more intense than the epic final between two of the best players in tennis history. Novak Djokovic’s victory against Rafael Nadal in 2012 had it all – drama, exceptional skill and the longest Australian Open match ever played. How long? Five hours and 53 minutes.
The longest grand slam in history and one of the most incredible, the two players were so exhausted afterwards that they almost collapsed during the presentation ceremony before organizing quickly arranged chairs for the tennis superstars.
Don’t miss out on being there as history is made at the 2017 Australian Open. Secure Australian Open tickets here.
For ten years Adele has captivated us time and time again with her powerhouse vocals, catchy pop melodies and lyrics about love, life and heartbreak.
Earlier this week a cryptic Adele TV ad fuelled rumours about a long-awaited Australian tour. Adele took to Twitter on Tuesday to officially announce the news, saying “Yep! I am coming down under”.
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— Adele (@Adele) November 14, 2016
The tweet, inspired by her own recent hit Hello, confirmed that the singer-songwriter will be playing shows in five major cities, kicking things off in Perth in February 2017.
“G’Day it’s me... I was wondering if after 10 years in the game you’d finally like to meet me in: Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide,” read the tweet in the form of a cheeky hand-written note.
Adele’s Australian fans have waited ten years for this tour – the same number of Grammys the British songstress has under her belt. In keeping with this, read on to learn ten things about Adele and get to know her a little better in the lead up to her visit to Oz.
Adele 2017 Australian Tour Dates
Tuesday 28 February - Domain Stadium, Perth
Saturday 4 March - The Gabba, Brisbane
Friday 10 March - ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Monday 13 March - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Saturday 18 March - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
10 Things About Adele
- Her full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
- Growing up Adele was a big fan of the Spice Girls! Her favourite Spice Girl? Geri Halliwell AKA Ginger.
- Adele can rap – and she’s pretty good!
- The album titles Adele chooses aren’t as mysterious as they seem – they are the age she was when she created each one.
- She’s only 28 years old! Her birthdate is May 5, 1988.
- Adele suffered vocal haemorrhage not long after releasing her second album 21. Surgery was the only option to fix it and to ensure she recovered well Adele had to be silent for six weeks!
- Adele and Beyonce share the record for the most Grammys won in one night. Adele took home her six in 2012.
- She started singing at four years old.
- Adele’s biggest inspiration to pursue singing was 1950s American singer Etta James, who Adele discovered in her teens.
- Her most recent album 25 was Australia’s highest selling album in 2015, even though it hit the charts just weeks before the year ended! If that’s anything to go by, tickets for Adele’s 2017 Australian tour will sell FAST!