Sincerest Form of Flattery is a show like no other. Some of the Festival’s most daring guests find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants (and then metaphorically riding those giants on a comedy-rampage, destroying entire villages in their wake). Each guest is tasked with writing and performing a piece in the style of a literary great. Hosted by Ben Jenkins, this event unfolds like a literary covers night, starring Mark Di Stefano, Richard Fidler, Rebecca Shaw and Jeff Sparrow.

Presented with Giant Dwarf.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

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Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire: the story of his journey to Istanbul with his son Joe, to uncover the history of the lost civilisation of Byzantium. Richard is also the presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The Conversations podcast is the most downloaded show in Australia. In another life, he was a member of Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.

Ben Jenkins (Australian)

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Ben Jenkins is a writer, comedian and television presenter on the ABC. His work has been featured in The Monthly, The Guardian Australia, People of Letters and The Best Australian Comedy Writing.