The 2016
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THE CHASER
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- When -

17th November, 2016
(6:45pm for dinner guests, 7:30 for balcony seating)


- Where -

Sydney Town Hall, Sydney


- Who -

Our guest lecturer this year is the award winning comedian Sakdiyah Maruf, you can read more about her below. The lecture will of course also feature all your favorite Chasers, and the other two.


- Why -

Why a lecture? Why so expensive? Why bother? Simple, the answer for all of the above, is for charity of course! All funds raised will support the amazing work of charity Article 19.


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All funds raised will support the amazing work of charity Article 19.

Sakdiyah Maruf

Chaser Lecturer 2016

"Indonesia's first Muslim female standup comic"

Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is a stand-up comedian from Indonesia whose comic routine advocates for individual rights and challenges Islamic fundamentalism. She grew up watching U.S.-based comedians and decided to use the same medium to talk about issues plaguing her own country. Television producers have asked her to censor her jokes, but Ma’ruf, who believes comedy mirrors a culture’s hypocrisy, has refused to be silenced.

“Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is marshaling the use of parody to challenge oppression and extremism—no small risk for a woman in Muslim culture. She is an inspiration,” said Amnesty International Norway Secretary General John Peder Egenæs.

Havel Prize for Creative Dissent

Winner of the 2015 Havel Prize for Creative Dissent

Freedom of Expression Award

Shortlisted for the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award

Third Award

Winner of the 2016 Chaser 'Filling up Third Space' Award

Videos

- The 2016 Lecture -

Watch the Full Lecture

- Clips of the 2015 Lecture -

Introduction to the introduction

The Norton-Lodge Foundation

The Arab Spring

- The Full 2015 Lecture -

Introductory Speeches

Bassem Youssef

Q&A

History

Our past Lecturers

  • 1999

    BOB CARR

    The Very Fast Monorail – A one track wonder.

    Few of us will forget the night The Hon. Bob Carr unveiled a vision (and a really nice balsa wood model) to take Australia’s public transport gliding into the next millennium. The plan - so bold that few actually believed it - would see the construction of the ‘missing link’, connecting the monorail in Sea World on the Gold Coast, to the monorail network in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

  • 2000

    GRAHAM RICHARDSON

    Stamping Out Cronyism

    Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson delivered a co-branded address better known as His Supreme Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch Lecture on Cronyism to a hand-picked audience, winning a legion of new fans from a collection of his old ones. In the spirit of inclusiveness, all attendees were awarded a gold medal for applauding on cue.

  • 2002

    CHRISTOPHER SKASE

    See...I told you I was sick

    Delivered in absentia for legal reasons, Australia’s greatest entrepreneur spoke through an inoperative oxygen mask on the theme of trusting people when they tell you they are not feeling very well.

  • 2003

    BOB CARR

    The Future is Flight Now

    Sydney’s public transport soars into the new millennium. The hon. Bob Carr unveiled a visionary plan for a vast dirigible-based metro system that would see airships flying between The Central Coast in the north to Campbeltown in the south. Two months after the lecture, a test dirigible - the Eddie Obeid - crashed while surveying for coal leases in the Bylong Valley. Oh the humanity! The project was subsequently deflated.

  • 2004

    Mark Latham

    Why I Would Never Stoop to Giving The Chaser Lecture

    Notable for its memorable parting remark “These guys are f**king idiots” Latham’s fiery oration was described as “classic” by several psychiatrists.

  • 2005

    MERCEDES CORBY

    Schapelle is Nelson Mandela

    After a rousing speech to launch what became the top selling protest single of the year, Je m’appelle Schapelle, Mercedes spoke at length about what really inspired her. The talk ranged from bodyboarding basics to compost recipes that’ll have plants seriously budding come springtime.

  • 2009

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    ???

    We were all so busy looking at our brand new iPhones to recall what the lecture was about or for that matter, who gave it.

  • 2011

    LECTURE CANCELLED

    No Chaser Lecture held as a mark of respect for Chas Liccairdello, who died while holidaying in Abbottabad where he was mistaken for an infamous terrorist of global renown.

  • 2012

    Barack Obama

    Quantitative Easing for Dummies - putting the crunch back into credit. We were honoured to have the US President give the speech this year. It concluded with a shower of greenbacks from the rafters.

  • 2013

    Germain Greer

    With Barry Humphries playing Germain Greer doing an impersonation of Clive James

  • 2014

    Tony Abbott

    Sink or Swim

    Tony Abbott famously revealed his plan to build an unbroken wall of inflatable jumping castles strung together and moored in the middle of the Mediterranean. Stretching from the Bosporus to the Strait of Gibraltar, not only would this audacious plan stem the tide of human flotsam threatening European purity, it would also provide free entertainment for the refugee kiddies.

  • 2015

    BASSEM YOUSEFF

    The Jon Stewart of the Arab World

    In a break from tradition, in 2015 the Chaser Lecture hosted a highly respected and entertaining media personality.

  • 2016:
    SAKDIYAH
    MARUF

About the Chaser

The Chaser is a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability.

Founded in 1999 as a fortnightly satirical newspaper produced out of a spare bedroom, the team decided to leave behind the highly profitable bedroom print industry in 2001 after being offered a TV contract by Andrew Denton if they agreed to stop stealing his letterbox. Since those humble beginnings, the Chaser team has lost its humility and has produced Classic™ comedy in all media, including print, online, radio, television and Christmas crackers.

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