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After a sold out national tour last year, we’re pleased to announce The War on 2019 – an in-depth analysis of the biggest stores of the year that are yet to be seized by The Australian Federal Police.

Presented by The Shovel and The Chaser, The War on 2019 will feature a satirical all-star line-up including Charles Firth (The Chaser), James Schloeffel (The Shovel), Mark Humphries (ABC’s 7:30) and SBS The Feed’s Jenna Owen and Victoria Zerbst.

Critics described The War on 2018 as ‘a ceaseless barrage of acerbic one-liners’. Alan Jones said it featured too many outspoken women. 


Gold Coast HOTA: Wednesday 20th November – BUY TICKETS

Newcastle City Hall: Thursday 21st November – BUY TICKETS

Brisbane Powerhouse: Friday 22nd November – BUY TICKETS

Perth Astor: Saturday 23rd November – BUY TICKETS

Canberra Theatre: Tuesday 26th November – BUY TICKETS

Wollongong IPAC: Wednesday 27th November – SOLD OUT!

Cairns Tanks Arts Centre: Thursday 28th November – BUY TICKETS

Adelaide Arts Theatre: Saturday 30th November – SOLD OUT!

Hobart Theatre Royal: Wednesday 4th December – BUY TICKETS

Sydney Enmore Theatre: Thursday 5th December – SOLD OUT!

Melbourne Atheneum: Saturday 7th December – BUY TICKETS


  • VIP tickets include priority seating and a free copy of “The Chaser and Shovel Annual” valued at $29.95 (or about a day’s wages at a George Calombaris restaurant)
  • Wearing an Australian flag pin is required for entry to the show.

About the cast

Charles Firth (ABC-TV’s The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser Decides, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Roast) is a co-host on Triple M’s Radio Chaser show. He covered the 2016 US Elections for The Chaser, and correctly predicted Trump would win because he’s a sadist. Charles is managing editor of The Chaser Quarterly and Chaser website. His previous live shows include: The Chaser’s Australia, The War on 2017, The War on History, The War on 2018. He lives in Sydney with his son and two wives.

Mark Humphries first came to prominence as the whip-smart but slightly smarmy satirical commentator on The Roast (ABC-TV). Since then, he’s co-authored The Chaser’s Australia, a 200-page book about Australia, toured The Chaser’s Australia live show, been the chief satirical correspondent for SBS The Feed, hosted the gameshow Pointless (Network Ten) and joined ABC-TV’s 7:30 program as the regular Thursday night satirist. Mark is an extreme sports enthusiast, and spends most weekends BASE jumping.

Victoria Zerbst (left) is a comedian, writer and musician currently co-writing and presenting comedy segments for SBS Viceland’s The Feed. She is a co-founder and head writer for sketch comedy group Freudian Nip, and has written satire, character-based comedy and video sketches for Junkee Media, MTV, The Comedy Channel, ABC Comedy’s Aaron Chen Tonight and The Chaser. Victoria suffers from a debilitating fear of the colour puce.

Jenna Owen (right) is chief satirical correspondent for SBS TV’s The Feed, head writer and performer at Freudian Nip, as well as an actor, comedian and improviser. As a solo performer, Owen was a writer and cast member in ABC2’s Aaron Chen Tonight and Squinters, has written comedy content for JUNKEE Media and The Chaser, done radio work for FBi Radio and has performed several times at The Giant Dwarf Theatre as both a sketch comedian and improviser.

James Schloeffel is the founder of the satirical website The Shovel, widely regarded as the most accurate political coverage in Australia. During the 2016 US Elections he founded “Aussies for Trump” – a satirical supporter group which Trump fans unfortunately took seriously. His previous live shows include: The War on 2017, The War on History and The War on 2018. His hand featured in Michael Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 11/9. James lives in Melbourne which he insists is much better than where you’re from.

Praise for ‘The War on 2018’

“A ceaseless barrage of acerbic one-liners” – Millie Bull, Theatre Travels”

“How good is The War on 2018?’ – Scott Morrison, Prime Minister

“A great way to tear up with laughter—or genuinely cry—at the state of Australian politics” – Daryna Zadvirna, Grok Online

“I hated this show, which proves yet again that George Pell is innocent” – Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun