Saturday August 3 2019, Cockle Bay, 11:50 AEST

Early-career comedians often have difficulties adding electronic props to their acts, due to the high cost of materials and fabrication skills required. This talk will recreate several props used in comedic performances, showing the code and components used.


Early-career comedians often have difficulties adding theatrical property (or props) to their acts, due to the high cost of materials and fabrication skills required. This barrier to entry is increased when digital electronics are involved.

However, contemporary microcontroller technologies such as the micro:bit and circuit playground allow comedians to acquire prototyping technology at reduced cost, and the power and simplicity of the Python programming language provides beginner developers with a foundation to develop useful props for their act.

This presentation will introduce some of the challenges early-career comedians may face when commencing developing their performance. This presentation will re-create common comedic props such as:

  • a spinning bow-tie,
  • a theremin, and
  • a sound-sensitive light costume.

By the end of this talk audience members will have an appreciation for the challenges early-career comedians may face. Audience members will also get a foundation in developing simple props used in a comedy act and the python programming skills required to build such props.


Anthony Joseph


Anthony is an Australian software engineer and mathematician. As an MBT graduate, Anthony is the technology co-founder of a property-tech startup and enjoys teaching and learning coding with the Australian startup scene.

Debbie Zukerman


Debbie Zukerman is a Sydney based clown, actor and improviser. She is co-artistic director of clown company Choo Choo Troupe, and works regularly with improv troupe Post Its, drag comedy troupe Cleo and the Kweens and sketch company The Kvetch Set Collective. Debbie has performed around Australia and appears periodically in film, TV, and despite her socialist tendencies, ads for Mega-Corp and it’s subsidiaries. As a younger and more serious person, Debbie studied many performance styles including clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris) and Meisner at Ward Studio (NYC).