Today, Shannon and I went to Cockatoo Island for a comedy festival. Aussie humor is very different than in the US or Britain. I can’t really describe it – obviously, they have their comedy has unique references and inside jokes… :) The coolest part of today was being able to understand the aussie context, which is only possible thanks to living here nearly five months. Definitely picked up some aussie stereotypes, that I hadn’t really thought anything of. Some jokes had me laughing uncontrollably and others left me feeling so awkward :/ but I guess that’s the beauty in Australian Humour
Cockatoo Island was an experience in itself – here is a bit from wiki
Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, Cockatoo Island is a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol. It is also the site of one of Australia’s biggest shipyards during the twentieth century. The first of its two dry docks was built by convicts and was completed in 1857. The island’s maritime industrial activity ceased in 1992.
In late March 2005 the island was re-opened to the public for the ‘Cockatoo Island Festival’, after two and a half years of planning. The island is currently managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust who are currently revitalising the island as a landmark harbour attraction, with commercial maritime activity operating alongside interpretation of the island’s heritage. Today Cockatoo Island retains many remnants of its past. Its prison buildings have been nominated for World Heritage listing, along with other convict sites around Australia. Large workshops, slipways, wharves, residences and other buildings retain the texture of the island’s industrial past.
^We saw Austen Tayshus – maybe it will give you a taste of the aussie humor??
^this one is from a youtube search on australian humor – seems about right… :)
shannon holding on for dear life on the ferry