The Trip: starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon

Steve Coogan playing up his narcissistic on-screen persona with long-time companion Rob Brydon in the passenger seat. The banter is, at times, hilarious, and then uncomfortably, squeamishly hilarious, and then just a bit sad. Which is funny, too. The impersonations are the highlight, while the substance comes in the comparing of Coogan’s supposedly lonely but more successful career with Brydon’s stable home life and solid body of work.

While both performers are obviously in on the joke of tearing apart their perceived personalities, it is worth considering how close the onscreen personas are to real life. Just because you can play yourself onscreen and have a good laugh, it doesn’t make it any less real. Sure, it’s all a setup and we’re laughing at the celebrity machine etc, but it’s the inherent truth of the pretend nastiness that makes this compelling. And really, really funny.

INVITE: 6 Aussie artists will turn Sydney's aMBUSH Gallery into a giant canvas for a night!

We've assembled a group of talented young creatives and armed them each with a new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Surface Book on which to create an original piece of art. The big reveal of these works will take place on December 10 at an immersive event at Sydney's aMBUSH Gallery. If you want to come along, let us know why here.