Can climate change ever be funny? High Water thinks so

A comedy night themed around climate change? The state of the environment isn't usually a topic that's ripe for hoots, but the new collective High Water is putting on just such an event.

A comedy night themed around climate change? The state of the environment isn't usually a topic that's ripe for hoots, but the new collective High Water is putting on just such an event.

High Water - a small group of designers, comic artists and art enthusiasts - has gotten together some pretty stellar talent for the Hot Air show, including Michele A'Court and Jeremy Elwood, to be held at the Classic on Queen St on March 20.

Organisers say it will put a comedic spin on a traditionally serious topic with an injection of the best medicine of all – laughter.

“We wanted to do something different to what activist groups usually do,” says High Water founder Lisa Waldner. “And to the best of our knowledge, no one else in the world has tried something like this – climate change and comedy – together at last!

“It's about creatives getting an important message out there by doing what they do best – in this case, comedy – and getting paid to do it.”

High Water co-founder, Damon Keen, reckons the media have failed in their duty to deal with the issue of global warming. 

“In 2013 we saw a raft of extreme weather events globally, and yet reporting on climate change in the media is at a seven year low. Frankly, if the media aren't going to do their job, then it's up to us to create new ways to look at the issue. Heck, if you don’t laugh about it – you’ll cry!”

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Says Waldner: “Artists – be they musicians, performers, designers, photographers, illustrators, or film makers – are natural communicators. And I think a lot of them are concerned about the complete lack of progress on global warming. I really think – and hope - that by creating a new platform to work with, we can get climate change back onto the public agenda.”

Look out for more from High Water this year, including a climate change poster competition, a hard cover comic anthology and a play. 


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