Audible's new series ‘Listen to Love’ features a number of Aussie voices, from comedians Joel Creasey and Tom Ballard through to everyday Australians discussing marriage equality.
Sam Carroll

24 May 2017 - 2:09 PM  UPDATED 24 May 2017 - 2:09 PM

Creasey, a host for SBS’s coverage of the 2017 Mardi Gras and Eurovision, discussed how he felt his comedy was a positive medium to spread the message of equality, something he plans on opening up about in the audio series.

“Comedy is important in addressing marriage equality because it’s a way to get the point across without yelling at people,” he said.

“I wanted to get involved in the Listen To Love series and the Marriage Equality Acceptance Debate simply because I love talking about love. And a combination of humour and real stories is a great way to do that.”

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The launch was celebrated with an extravagant video featuring Creasey and fellow comedians Rhys Nicholson and Rosie Lourde in a fiery debate about who loves marriage more.

A six part series, each episode covers different topics in differing ways, from stand-up routines through to Osher Gunsberg reading poetry in episode two, through to insight into ethical issues surrounding restricting marriage to heterosexual couples, discussed in episode four.

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Expanding on Audible’s focus on increasing local content, they chose to partner with the Equality campaign, with Matthew Gain, head of Audible in Australia and New Zealand highlighting the need for those within the equality movement to be given a platform to spread their message.

“People use our platform every day to hear and share a range of perspectives, across a multitude of topics,” Gain said in a statement released to the media.

“The powerful, personal stories of love that are imparted within the Marriage Equality discussion need to be heard, so it felt natural for us to amplify them through Listen To Love.”   

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