Get Krack!n: Intersectional Comedy Goes Mainstream

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When the comedy show Get Krack!n debuted on ABC television in 2017 as part of the broadcaster’s Wednesday night comedy line-up, it marked the crossover of its stars, Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, from a niche web platform to primetime exposure. The show achieved critical acclaim and stellar ratings across a broad audience, justifying its mainstage positioning and securing a second season for 2019. This article examines Get Krack!n’s expert parody of the ubiquitous “morning television” format, situating it within the development of Australian television comedy and the representation of women in comedy. Through close analysis of key segments, I show how McCartney and McLennan exploit the recognisable format of comedy verité to pursue an intersectional feminist agenda unlike anything previously seen in the Australian mainstream media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-55
Number of pages16
JournalPerformance Paradigm
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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