Witness Patrick Marlborough ‘Killing Rove’ in Northbridge on April 1st

One of the finest writers spinning words in Australia right now is Patrick Marlborough.

You’ve read their work on The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Vice, Rolling Stone, and have seen their Twitter posts go viral for exposing the grift of the ‘post a pet, plant a tree’ scheme, and now they take to the stage in Perth after their successful run at Fringe Festival before heading to Melbourne for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for their one person comedy show KILLING ROVE.

The press release is below for all the details, but I want to say, Patrick is one of the most sincere people I’ve had the pleasure to know (digitally at least) and their posts never fail to make me either laugh, smile, or think about what’s going on within the Australian arts scene. Do yourself a favour and sling $25 to one of the best working comedians and writers today, and have a great night out.

Now roll on the press release…


Patrick Marlborough is a writer, a comedian, a Rove stan, and bipolar autistic. Performing as Rove McManus, the line between imitation, homage, and delusion begin to blur, as they seek out the answer to the age old question…what the!?

KILLING ROVE is a new comedy special from writer/comedian Patrick Marlborough (Vice, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Saturday Paper). Part stand-up, part audio-visual collage, part psychotic break, KILLING ROVE is a manic examination of Australian culture and its stagnation, as well as a brutal depiction of the limits of artistic representations of life on the spectrum, and insanity as a whole.

Joined by a floating Peter Helliar head (the “Peter Hell-A.I.”), sponsored by Boko Haram, and fuelled by a Neighbours endorsed line of (amphetamine laced) nootropics, KILLING ROVE is a joke stacked whirlwind demolition of Australia during the Howard years, which it posits may never have ended.

Marlborough says: “This show is King of Comedy meets Australian defamation law. It’s me trying to work through the ugliness of a very particular moment in Australia, what I call “the DVD menu years,” and how it still dictates everything today, from our culture, to our politics, to my own state of mind.

“The most entertaining psychotic break that I’ve ever witnessed…huge Charlie Day energy” ★★★★½ FringeFeed

Part Saturday morning cartoon, part descent into madness, part middle-finger to neuroptypical sensibilities. Loved it.” ★★★★★ Sonny Yang

“A tsunami of subversion” ★★★★ Seesaw Magazine

“I laughed so hard I almost puked” ★★★★★ Audience Member

“Dig it” Tim Heidecker

KILLING ROVE

DATES AND TIMES: April 1st, 7pm

VENUE: The Rechabite Hall, Northbridge

TICKETS: $25 at megatix.com.au

HYPEROVEALISATION from Patrick Marlborough on Vimeo.

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