A Rational Fear
A Rational Fear
Dec 22, 2020
A Rational Year — Feat. Rupert Degas & Dan Ilic
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🎟️ COME SEE A RATIONAL FEAR LIVE. Feb 10th, Giant Dwarf, Sydney:

On this holiday episode of A Rational Fear, Dan Ilic and voiceover artist, mega-talent, Rupert Degas, take you through a year in A Rational Fear sketches. 

It turns out putting all the sketches back to back is a great way to recap 2020.

Hope you enjoy it — as we say around here: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,  and defund the IPA.



We’re turning 100! Which means we’re updating our will, and we’ll add you to it if you come to our 100th episode live show. It’s going to be a 90 minute celebration of the little satirical comedy podcast that could. Featuring some new and old friends of A Rational Fear.

Alice Fraser (The Bugle, The Last Post)
Sami Shah (ABC Melbourne)
Gabbi Bolt (TikTok)
Lewis Hobba (Tony Martin Look-a-like)
Dan Ilic (Romper Room)

+ 2-3 Special (big name) guests we will book at the last minute.

WHERE?: Giant Dwarf
February 10th, 7:30pm-9pm
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