The Annual Inaugural Chaser Lecture is presented each year by an international guest who is involved in comedy/satire, usually someone from a country where people do not have the freedom of speech that The Chaser has been fortunate enough to abuse in Australia.
The Annual Inaugural is a Charity Dinner and Media Lecture, as well as a full scale parody of charity dinner and self-important media lecture.
The Annual Inaugural Chaser Lecture is an entirely fabricated tradition which began in 2015, when The Chaser tricked Bassem Youssef - “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” - into giving The Sixteenth Inaugural Chaser Lecture.
The Lecture surprised everyone by returning again in 2016, where Indonesia’s first female Islamic stand-up comedian, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, presented The Sesquicentennial Inaugural Chaser Lecture. In 2017, Venezuela’s answer to The Onion “El Chiguire Bipolar” delivered The Umpteenth Inaugural Chaser Lecture, and in 2018 The Perennial Inaugural Chaser Lecture was given by Nigerian satirical journalist Adeola Fayehun.
Now in it's fifth year, the lecture is pleased to present Chinese journalist and comedian Vicky Xiuzhong Xu, an Australian resident who angered Chinese authorities with her outspoken views.