The 9pm Public House Forum 7 LIVE

Your host Stilgherrian, cartoonist Cathy Wilcox, and satirist Mark Humphries at the recording of Pubic House Forum 7 at the Royal Exhibition Hotel on 29 April 2023. (Photo: @oberonsghost)

In the first Pubic House Forum episode of the The 9pm Edict since 2018, I was joined by Sydney Morning Herald cartoonist Cathy Wilcox and satirist Mark Humphries at Sydney’s Royal Exhibition Hotel in Surry Hills with an enthusiastic live audience.

There’s also a video of this episode on YouTube.

In this episode we begin with our audience rating Anthony Albanese’s first year as prime minister on a scale of 1 to 5, and end by getting ChatGPT to ask the questions. They were terrible.

We also talk about the late Barry Humphries (no relation to Mark, he claims), Elon Musk and Twitter and SpaceX, firming strategies, the Doug Anthony All Stars, Doug Anthony, Allan Seale, parking as a superpower, Kyle Sandilands, Gerard Henderson (briefly), how many ducks you’d need to form a herd, and Farmer’s Union Iced Coffee.

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Another Public House Forum episode is scheduled for 27 May 2023. Stay tuned.

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  • Serving Surry Hills Since 1908. The EXO has something for everyone, enjoy classic British fare in the comfort of our newly-refurbished bistro or catch all the latest sporting action live in the sports bar. Here from out of town? Stay in one of our ensuite rooms in the heart of Surry Hills!
  • Cathy Wilcox (born 1963) is an Australian cartoonist and children's book illustrator, best known for her work as a cartoonist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers. She has also twice won the Australian Children's Book Council's 'Picture Book of the Year' award. In 2007 she won the Walkley Award in Cartooning for a cartoon about Sheikh Taj el-Din al Hilaly's infamous 'uncovered meat' remarks on Australian women. She went on to win a second Walkley Award in Cartoon for 'Kevin Cleans Up' and a third in 2017 for 'Low-cost Housing, London' which is a reference to the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington, London
  • 'On Politics and Stuff' published by @hachetteaus. Fortnightly sketches for @abc730. Formerly @PointlessAU, @thefeedsbs. Management:
  • Comedian Barry Humphries investigates a royal scandal from his father's ancestry, and unravels his mysterious maternal family history.
  • The Doug Anthony All Stars (or Doug Anthony Allstars, DAAS, D.A.A.S. or stylised as D⋆A†A☭S) were an Australian musical comedy group who initially performed together between 1984 and 1994. The group were an acoustic trio, originally comprising Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson on main vocals and Richard Fidler on guitar and backing vocals. The group reformed in 2014, with Paul Livingston (aka "Flacco") replacing Fidler on guitar.
  • John Douglas Anthony AC CH FTSE PC (31 December 1929 – 20 December 2020) was an Australian politician. He served as leader of the National Party of Australia[a] from 1971 to 1984 and was the second and longest-serving Deputy Prime Minister, holding the position under John Gorton (1971), William McMahon (1971–1972) and Malcolm Fraser (1975–1983).
  • Allan was one of the pioneers of television and radio gardening programs in Australia. His career as a TV star began in 1957 when TV was still in its infancy, with segments on Channel Nine, Channel Seven and the ABC. He also counselled gardeners over the air with a gardening talkback show on ABC radio for many years.
  • [21 April 2023] SpaceX’s massive Starship rocket exploded minutes after it cleared the launch pad during a flight test Thursday. Elon Musk had said the test posed steep challenges and risks.
  • From a headline "Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms". The author's intended interpretation is that the violinist who blossoms was linked to a plane crash (by her father having been on the plane). However, the sentence can also be interpreted to mean that the violinist was linked to something called a "crash blossom".
  • The below is a list of emergency questions. The way a question is formulated below represents how it was posed the first time the question was asked.
  • [25 August 2017] When images of bloodied feet swept across the internet earlier this month, author John Birmingham took notice.
  • The sea lice attacked. Yeah, that’s right. Sea lice. Look, sea lice can be pretty gnarly, mate. Especially Australian sea lice. They ate that bloke’s feet! Fine. Don’t believe me. You’ll look pretty stupid when they get you.
  • Sir Quentin Saxby Blake, CH, CBE, FRSL, FCSD, RDI (born 16 December 1932) is an English cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and children's writer. He has illustrated over 300 books, including 18 written by Roald Dahl, which are among his most popular works. For his lasting contribution as a children's illustrator he won the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books. From 1999 to 2001, he was the inaugural British Children's Laureate. He is a patron of the Association of Illustrators

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