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Thursday 22nd August, 2019
Arrive 6:00pm for mingling and drinks
7:00pm to be seated for the lecture


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The Great Hall, University of Sydney


- Who -

Our guest lecturer this year is Chinese journalist and comedian Vicky Xiuzhong Xu, you can read more about her below. The lecture will of course also feature at least one compulsory Chaser.


- 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 our partner organisations.


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Vicky Xu

Chaser Lecturer 2019

A true advocate of free speech

We are pleased to announce that The Inevitable Inaugural Chaser Lecture on 22 August 2019 will be presented by Chinese journalist and comedian Vicky Xiuzhong Xu.

Vicky Xu is a journalist and stand-up comedian from China. She was trained to read propaganda news in China, but wasn’t very good at that and ended up dropping out. She went on to work for the ABC and The New York Times in Australia, where she wrote a number of articles that angered the Chinese authorities. With no prospects of returning home safely anytime soon, she invites her audience to laugh at Chinese politics with her in her comedy routines.

Previous lectures



2015: Bassem Youseff

Dubbed "the Jon Stewart of the Middle East" by none other than Jon Stewart himself, Bassem Youssef is the former cardiothoracic surgeon who created and hosted the TV program Al Bernameg, which won national and international acclaim for its hilarious and bold criticism of Egypt’s ruling elites. Al Bernameg began as a 5-minute show on YouTube during the Arab Spring, and quickly became the most watched show across the Middle East, with over 30 million viewers a week.  Al Bernameg was terminated in 2014 due to political pressure. Bassem Youssef and his family now live outside Egypt for their own safety.

2016: Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

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.

2017: El Chigüire Bipolar

El Chigüire Bipolar is an explosively successful Venezuelan satire site created in 2008 by the Elio Casale, Oswaldo Graziani and Juan Andrés Ravell, a group of friends who saw an opportunity to use online satire to shine a light on the suppression of news by the oppressive Venezuelan government.

El Chigüire was one of the winners of the Václav Havel Prize for the Creative Dissident 2017, in recognition of their outstanding commitment to honestly covering the news. According to Garry Kasparov, secretary Of the Human Rights Foundation, "Their combination of humor coupled with honest uncompromising analysis demonstrate the great power of satire when criticizing authoritarian regimes."

2018: Adeola Fayehun

Our guest lecturer this year is social media star Adeola Fayehun. Described by The Guardian as "Nigeria's favourite satirist", Adeola is a satirist and journalist who focusses on issues that affect the daily lives of people across the African continent. She achieved global prominence for her 2015 on-street interview - or what Tony Abbott would call a "Chaser-style stunt" - where she asked Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe when he would step down.

Formerly a reporter with SaharaTV, Adeola now hosts the satirical news show Keeping It Real with Adeola on YouTube, where she has amassed a following of more than 200,000 subscribers.

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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