Bespoken Word

February 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
$18 online and $12 at the door

Bespoken Word brings together Sydney’s most interesting and exciting writers, entertainers and comedians for an evening of hilarious true storytelling!
The first half of the evening, hosted by Kate Iselin, sees our special guests telling short, pre-written stories on a specific theme. The second half of the evening, hosted by John Knowlesis a live episode of his successful Comedy Festival show and ABC702 Radio Afternnoon segment ‘I Can Top That!’. John and three guests take the stage to tell completely true yet totally unprepared stories inspired by topic suggestions from the audience.
The stories told at Bespoken Word can be shocking, others embarrassing, insightful, sweet or just plain hilarious. It’s a smorgasbord of real life adventures and raw revelations with an emphasis on vulnerability, confession and laughter. Staged at the cosy Petersham Bowling Club, known for its welcoming community and artsy offerings, Bespoken Word aims to create a friendly modern version of traditional parlour entertainment.


Steve Philp – Steve has been doing radio, Tv, and Stand Up Comedy for over 15 yrs. He’s performed sold out shows at the Opera House, State Theatre, and Acer Arena while supporting Carl Barron, Adam Hills, The Umbilical Brothers and Arj Barker. Steve’s has appeared on the Best of The Footy Show Comedians Vol 2 and recently warmed up the Just For Laughs crowd at the Sydney Opera House. His voice can be head on NOVA, his jokes on KINNE TV and Last Comic Standing.
Madeleine Culp – Madeleine has been performing stand-up for many years. She has worked as a Triple J presenter, acted in Sam Simmon’s The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote on ABC TV, won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2010 Sydney Comedy Festival, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and was named as one of The Best Female Talent at Sydney Comedy Festival in 2014. Her solo shows are a mixture of sketch and stand up with delightful characters and superb writing. Madeleine was a frequent guest on ABC 702 Radio’s The Grand Jury with Dom Knight. This is her 2nd time as a guest in ‘I Can Top That!’.
Dan Ilic – Dan is one of most prolific voices in Australian media. Part comedian, part journalist, Dan calls himself an Investigative Humorist. His TV credits include: The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (Ten), Hungry Beast (ABC), Hamster Wheel (ABC) and Can of Worms (Ten). In 2015 Dan took up the role of Senior Satire producer AJ+ English, Al Jazeera’s digital platform for millennials. He regularly fills in on Breakfast on the top rating 702 ABC Sydney. and as a comedian Dan has performed around the world, including New York, Edinburgh and Afghanistan. His commitment to causing trouble for a good cause reached fever pitch with his Melbourne Fringe Festival show Beaconsfield: A Musical in A Flat Minor, which chronicled the media exploitation of the Beaconsfield mine disaster. Dan recently told this story to the world on stage at the Sydney Opera House for The Moth Radio Hour.
Elisa Cristallo – Elisa is a stand-up comedienne, actress and writer. Her one woman comedy show Welcome to the Family has toured Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. She has acted in film writes her own sketch comedy. Elisa studied improvisation at The Second City in LA. This is her 2nd appearance at BESPOKEN WORD.
Larry Orkin – Larry is a Sydney based writer, performer and script consultant. He holds Media and Law Degrees from Macquarie University, a Masters in Screenwriting from AFTRS as well as being a graduate of the AWARD School and NIDA Playwrights Studio. Larry has written for TV shows across the major networks and worked as a storyliner on Hollyoaks for Lime Pictures in the UK. He studied improvisation and sketch comedy at the Second City Theatre in Chicago.
Past guests on ‘I Can Top That!’ include: 
Simon Kennedy, Peter Berner, Julia Wilson, Lou Pollard, George Catsi, Bec DeUnamuno, Tommy Dean, Madeleine Culp, Rowan Thambar, Christina Van Look, Jane Simmons, Dean Haglund, Gary Eck, David Bloustien, Daniel Cordeaux, Kate Iselin, Emilia Higgs, Dane Hiser, Marko Mustac, Danny Giles, & Peter Green