The annual ferry pilgrimage to Rottnest just got a little sweeter as the folks behind Rottofest have unveiled the program for the festival’s sixth edition, set to take place from Friday September 19 to Sunday September 21. The 2014 line-up brings together a stellar collection of homegrown and international talent, including more than 25 comedians and musicians, comedy galas and a short film festival.
At the top of the bill is comedian, writer, broadcaster and performer Donnell Rawlings, an entertainer perhaps best known for his stint on Chappelle’s Show, where he perfected his alter ego, the shirtless faux-high-roller Ashy Larry. Rawlings has some impressive credits further to his name, including recurring roles in the award-winning HBO drama The Wire and MTV comedy series Guy Court.
There’s plenty of Australian flavour at Rottofest too, the pinnacle of which is acclaimed radio broadcaster, documentary filmmaker and provocateur John Safran. The iconoclastic Safran has been pushing boundaries and destroying sacred cows since he was introduced to Australian audiences on the 1997 ABC show Race Around the World. On John Safran’s Music Jamboree he impersonated Prince and formed a Jewish boy band; on John Safran vs. God he exposed religions and underwent an exorcism, and in John Safran’s Race Relations he was crucified – literally. Safran’s show– which had a sold out run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – will be based his 2013 true crime book Murder in Mississippi, about the homicide of a white supremacist he met during the filming of Race Relations and the trial that followed.
Rounding out the comedy bill are stand-up comic and WA’s own Claire Hooper of Good News Week fame, Troy Kinne, whose TV show KINNE recently debuted on 7mate; Youtube superstar Neel Kolhatkar and Pakistani-born raconteur Sami Shah.
It’s not all laughs though – Rottofest brings the cream of the crop in emerging musical talent, from DJs to soloists to emcees to full bands. Sydney-based singer-songwriter and synth-soul mastermind Andy Bull will make his virgin trip to Rottnest for the event, alongside Triple J favourites Panama and debaucherous foursome Bootleg Rascal. Perth DJs Micah and Endorse will be spinning tunes all weekend long, with fast-rising rapper Coin Banks, scene stalwarts Rainy Day Women and Our Man in Berlin rounding out the local flavour.
If that’s not enough, Rottofest will also feature the Australia’s Funniest Shorts film festival, Tomas Ford’s Crap Disco and comedy galas The Big Hoo Haa and Bogan Bingo. What better way to spend a weekend our treasured island?
Early bird tickets are on sale now – head to www.rottofest.com.au for more details.Tags: comedy, events, music, Rottofest