The media honeymoon may be coming to an end for Anthony Albanese and his government, but with less than a year under its belt, it’s not yet presenting much of a target for the Wharf Revue.

Albo and the team cop a gentle swat now and again – mostly in a Robin Hood skit that makes much of fudged promises regarding income redistribution and the preservation of Ye Olde Forest, among other things – but I suspect that we’ll see richer pickings next time around when the funny sides of the likes of Chris Bowen, Jim Chalmers and Tanya Plibersek have emerged (if they ever do, that is).

Happily, there are enough laughable figures on the current opposition and crossbenches to fire up the 24th year of the satirical variety show, as ever written by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phil Scott.

Drew Forsythe and Jonathan Biggins. Photo © Vishal Pandey

The opening skit takes us to Jane Austen’s England for a lesson on the roots of Australian prejudice (Mandy Bishop is a dashing Darcy). From there, the show flits around harvesting chuckles and delivering occasional stings. It’s not all comic gold...