Who are wee?
Matthew Kelly and Richard Higgins are The Listies, a Kidult comedy duo who produce LOLS on screen, stage and the page. They regularly tour live shows across Australia and internationally and are currently writing their second book for Penguin.
The Listies Ancient History...
Rich and Matt met way back in the dinosaur times (2002) in a stage production of Andy Griffith's Just Disgusting directed by Lynne Ellis at RMIT University. They had so much fun on stage together that the next year they we cast as The Twits.
Millions of years passed and they thought they should make a comedy show together and put it in the Melbourne Fringe.
Influenced by classic comedy duos like Los Trio Ringbarkus, Lano and Woodley, Morecombe and Wise, Terrance and Phillip, Spongebob and Patrick, they made an absurd show for adults all about lists. It was called The List Operators.
It won them Melbourne Comedy Festival's coveted Golden Gibbo award for best independent show. In 2009 they made a show for KIDULTS (kids and their adults) called The List Operators for Kids: More Fun than a Wii!. Even though it was a very long title it was the first kids show ever to be nominated for the Melbourne Comedy Festival ‘Barry’ (best show) award. Rich and Matt toured Wii for two years. And shortened their name too, in classic Aussie fashion, becoming The Listies in 2010.
Since then the Matt and Rich have had enormous fun performing to lovely people all over the world! They've played high-flying, glamorous locations like London, Sydney Opera House, Kuala Lumpur, South Korea, Edinburgh and even Woolongong. And they made a bunch more shows some more shows: The Listies Do Compooters, Earworms, 6D (Twice as Good as 3D), The Listies Make U LOL, The Listies Ruin Xmas, Hamlet Prince of Skidmark (co-created with and directed by Declan Greene) recorded two comedy albums, Drive U Crazy! and Go Bananas and have written a book with Penguin, Ickypedia: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words, released last year, also they won the Sydney Critics award for best children’s show in 2013.
Right now they are based in Melbourne Australia but regularly tour all over the shop. They are recording a new album, writing a new book and making a new show. They are thinking of having a fart extractor installed in their secret batcave as Matt has been eating too many lentils...
Awards and things:
2016 Nominated Best Children's Show Sydney Critics Award
2016 Won The HarperCollins Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
2015 Nominated Best Ensemble Green Room Awards
2013 Won Best Production for Children, Sydney Theatre Awards
2010 Nominated Best Show, "The Barry" Melbourne Comedy Festival
2010 Nominated Best Emerging Comedians Adelaide Fringe
2009 Won Golden Gibbo Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Won Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Producers
REVIEWS OF THE LISTIES PAST SHOWS:
Funny as any comedy show you could hope to see ... The pair work with energy and skill to keep everything under control, whilst maintaining an illusion of free-wheeling madness that kids of all ages will absolutely adore.
It was the best time we've had together for ages because, unlike every other family activity now offered including on the Fringe, it wasn't remotely educational. It didn't try to turn me into a quasi-teacher explaining things to my kids every two seconds in soft mummyish whisperings. We didn't discover how gravity works or beef up on the effects of global warning, not even in an amusing way. I didn't come out with anything new except a face that ached from laughing so much. We had a great afternoon. We learnt absolutely nothing. We just had fun.