Coronavirus update!

In our latest episode we look at Australia’s latest response to the coronavirus outbreak: panic buying, increased back-patting and even a potential recession! 

Also: Labor’s Jim Chalmers suggests we look beyond GDP to which Liberal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says “No thanks, hippie!”

And: Michael Chamberlin looks at the bizarre online conspiracy theories surrounding nine-year-old Aussie bullying victim Quaden Bayles, because you can always trust what you read on the internet.

Bec Melrose hosts!

New daily episode hosted by Bec Melrose. We look at coronavirus “pandemic” that’s not allowed to be called a pandemic and we interview Kiwi Dylan James about Bernie Sanders’ winning ground strategy in Iowa.

Special thanks to Tom Cashman for co-writing this episode.

New ep: Labor’s new (old) climate policy and ANZ apologies

We’re back with a new daily pilot hosted by Tonightly headwriter Michael Chamberlin!

Today: we look at Albo launching the new Labor climate policy… which seems awfully familiar. While Barnaby Joyce and Joel Fitzgibbon brawl in the hallways of Parliament House, Malcolm Turnbull can’t help but live-tweet the coming climate apocalypse.

Also after triggering the LGBTQI community with an offensive slur-ridden ad, the ANZ apologises with a new ad that celebrates it’s pride… for slurs.

This episode hosted and written by Michael Chamberlin, written by Rebecca Shaw and written, edited and produced by Dylan Behan.

Follow Chambo on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/chamberlinm

Follow Bec Shaw on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Brocklesnitch

Full ep audio!
Just the ANZ ad.

Another new ep tomorrow! Phew!

NEW BONUS EPISODE!

Yesterday I stopped by 2SER Breakfast with Tim Brunero to give a quick news update on the latest Australian political upheaval surrounding Barnaby Joyce’s attempted spill and the Greens leadership transition, as well as the Iowa caucus app crash and the Australian Open’s controversial decision to give Margaret Court a lifetime achievement trophy.

Better than nothing! Listen below or in your podcast feeds or at https://newsfighters.libsyn.com/

HIP HOP IS THE PRESENT!

We’re back for 2020! It’s summer music festival season so we look at huge new Aussie hip hop drill group ONEFOUR, and the NSW Police shutting down their debut national tour, pressuring them into changing their lyrics and even trying to get their music taken down off the internet. Will taking the anti-authoritarianism out of Aussie hip-hop turn us into Russia or China? Or should ONEFOUR just pretend to be old white men so they get left alone? Also ScoMo raps!

2019 Year in Review & ScoMo in Hawaii!

HUGE final ep for the year:

In fact big I split it in two parts on Youtube.
In the first part we look at Prime Minister Scott Morrison spending the bushfire season drinking cocktails in Hawaii while Australian burns in a massive bushfire emergency.

Then News Fighters looks back at all the hilarious wacky clips and gaffes in politics and dumb Aussie news in 2019*. From baby Yoda to Barnaby’s meltdowns to bushfires to Hong Kong democracy protests to Greta Thunberg’s climate strike and ScoMo’s White House state dinner, take look back on the year and weep… hopefully with laughter! (* may contain four elections).

Also includes a look back the year in pop culture with special guest Stefan Pazur. 

UK ELECTION BREXTACULAR!

2019 is almost over but not without one more election episode of News Fighters, this time from the U.K. (sorry Bougainvilleans!) Is this election about Brexit, the NHS or is it just one long argument over whether numbers are a left wing conspiracy? We look at all the hilarious and headache inducing gaffes from the campaign so far and then dial in author and the producer/presenter of Russell Brand’s Trews Reports, John Rogers to give us some actual election insight and analysis. Check out John’s website at http://thelostbyway.com/

Also in case you missed it we did a whole episode on Boris Johnson when he became PM back in July:

New episode: Where there’s smoke, there’s blaming!

We got a new episode out in your feeds and on Youtube!

While a bushfire crisis and catastrophic drought engulfs the country, Australia’s politicians think it’s the perfect time to start blaming each other and triggering their opponents. We also look at Barnaby Joyce’s failed magnetism, Rupert Murdoch’s climate denier denial, Alan Jones’ cow obsession and why Scott Morrison should send thoughts and prayers to himself!

Canadian election episode!

Out now! It’s our double-double length look at the unpredictable 2019 Canadian election. We look at all the political parties’ bad 90’s-rock style theme songs, why Justin Trudeau can’t escape the brown face incident, Andrew Scheer’s weird pants-based catchphrases, the multicultural racism of Quebec and how Australia could provide an answer to Canada’s political uncertainty. Also expect Rush and Bryan Adams jokes. 

Watch & subscribe on Youtube!

Dan Ilic hosts!

In the fourth and final episode of our pilot week guest host Dan Ilic cherry picks at Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s appearance on Insiders this morning. Also ABC broadcaster and American political podcaster Josh Szeps drops by to talk Scott Morrison in Washington, the 2020 Democrat candidates and the most important issue on breakfast television. And finally we check in with our new finance reporter Rodney Todd.

Pilot week ep2: The Week in Gladyses

Another ep out!

As part of our daily show pilot week, host Jake Stone deconstructs the headlines of the week you may have missed, then The Chaser’s Chris Taylor talks us through all the political clips from the week including all the Gladys-related gaffes.

This episode written by Jake Stone, Chris Taylor, Dave Bloustien and Stefan Pazur, and written, edited and produced by Dylan Behan.

Watch or listen below!

Daily pilot week ep 1!

Hey! Finally out! The first episode of our daily episode pilot week, comedian Greta Lee Jackson guest hosts and we look at Canberra’s parliamentary Midwinter Ball (now in Spring!), NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s near-spill experience over legalising abortion and the rocky start for Pauline Hanson’s new family law inquiry. Now in your podcast feed or listen/watch below!

This episode written by Greta Lee Jackson, Lauren Bonner, Michael Chamberlin and Matt Lane. It was written, edited and produced by Dylan Behan.


We’re doing a pilot week of daily episodes Sept 19-22.

Hey everyone.

I’m finally proud to announce NEWS FIGHTERS is drafting in some amazingly funny and talented hosts, writers and guests next week to do a pilot week of DAILY EPISODES!!!… with the aim of launching a daily news comedy podcast in 2020 (if there’s any generous and benevolent media organisations out there interested in funding it!).

Here’s the lineup of presenters and guests for next week as they stand (subject to change because booking comedians is like herding cats)

  • Thursday September 19: Greta Lee Jackson (Tonightly with Tom Ballard, Skit Box)
  • Friday September 20: Jake Stone (lead singer of Bluejuice) with special guest Chris Taylor (of The Chaser). 
  • Saturday Sept 21: Mark Humphries (ABC’s 730, SBS’s The Feed)
  • Sunday Sept 22: Dan Ilic (A Rational Fear, Hungry Beast)

We’ll be releasing the episodes nightly into your podcasts feeds and on YouTube as usual. Should be a big week so tune in and tell your friends!

LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Uh1kmZ

Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2YRpZ08

Spotify: https://sptfy.com/1fkQ 

Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2UrV5wf

Pocketcasts: http://bit.ly/2PHbVT2

YouTube (audiogram with video clips): http://bit.ly/2HZ9FWa