NextUp doubles down on stand-up from Down Under
James R | On 14, Jun 2019
NextUp is serving up a double dose of stand-up comedy from Down Under this month.
The subscription VOD platform dedicated to stand-up comedy specials champions the most exciting new names in stand-up comedy. That’s not just limited to comics from the UK, with a double helping of Australian talent set to stream this weekend.
Wil Anderson’s show Fire At Will arrives today. An award winning podcaster, presenter and writer, Anderson has notched up 22 consecutive appearances at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Politics, pop-culture, and the personal all feature in his high-speed shows one of which, Wiluminati, was performed and filmed live at The Sydney Opera House. Anderson performs over 100 shows a year in locations as wide reaching as Edinburgh, Alaska, Montreal, London and Los Angeles.
Since 2008, he has also hosted ABC TV’s highest rating program The Gruen Transfer – a role that earned him a nomination for the Gold Logie in 2010.
Zipping from topics as diverse as halal food, terrorism and toasters, Fire At Wil garnered rave reviews from all corners of the globe. Sarah Henley, co-founder says: “NextUp is all about discovery and we’re really happy to be showcasing the cream of international comedy talent to our members. Wil is an absolute stalwart on the Australian circuit and this show is an absolute classic.”
He joins fellow Australian comic Peter Helliar, who also released a show this June on the service.
Arriving on the circuit in the late 90s, Helliar has been a familiar face on Australian TV screens as presenter of the chat show Rove Live, alongside various other well-loved TV and radio shows. From January 2014, he is one of four regular hosts of The Project on Network Ten with Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Lisa Wilkinson. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2010 romantic comedy I Love You Too and also appeared in the 2012 film Scumbus.
Peter’s One latest show, Hot Mess, covers family, sex and pilates to technology in our rapidly changing world, with subjects under further scrutiny ranging from masturbation to religion, and everything in-between.
Sarah Henley, co-founder says “this is a fantastic show from one of Australia’s best known comics – we’re really excited to share it with our members and add to our tranche of great Aussie comics including Celia Paquola, Judith Lucy, Sam Simmons and Damien Power.”
NextUp is available on iOS, Android, web, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Airplay, Roku and Amazon Channels, and costs £4.99 per month with a 7 day free trial.