“I would not be cast as the tall blonde size 8, because that is not what I am. In improv, I can be whatever I want to be. That’s absolute freedom, as opposed to, ‘No, you can’t do that, you can’t be that, you’re too this, you’re too that…’ With improv, I can just be myself. It’s where I feel the most comfortable.” READ MORE
What happens when your CD player malfunctions and you’re stuck listening to The Best of Phil Collins for four months? Against all odds, Paul Michael Ayre wrote an hilarious play set in outer space, inspired by it. It’s called In The Air Tonight and stars Paul Michael Ayre and Umbilical Brother Dave Collins. TAKE A LOOK AT HIM NOW.
“I really want to be in musical theatre, but I can’t sing. But I only want to play leading ladies, because they’re better roles. So even if I could sing, I still wouldn’t be able to play the roles I wanted. I want to be Miss Saigon; I want to be Elphaba in Wicked. Unless I have a sex change, that’s not going to happen.” READ MORE.
Simon Morley of Puppetry of the Penis: “I knew this was going to generate some serious debate. It was very confronting. It posed a lot of good questions and I’m always happy when the debate starts around us. It’s important that we just stay focused; we just want to make shapes out of our dicks!” READ MORE.
“I was a jock at school. I know it’s not cool to say that anymore – you’re supposed to say you were bullied. But I wasn’t – I was in the popular group, went to the right parties, had a hot girlfriend, and did some bullying as well… I never physically hurt anybody. But I probably scarred them a bit.” Read more.
When a comedian is announced, there often is music underscoring the walk to the microphone centrestage, eponymously known as ‘walk-on music’. As a rule, you want it to be powerful, uplifting, with a strong beat. But you can go a step further and make it somehow relevant.
I’ve been having fun doing that with the walk-on music of my guests at Stand-Up Sit-Down.
For Fiona O’Loughlin, the choice was ‘Rehab’ by Amy Winehouse. Controversial! But also funny. And the point of departure for the frank and fearless discussion that ensued.
For Tom Gleeson, I chose ‘Movin’ Right Along’. Yeah, the song from the soundtrack to The Muppet Movie- the one Kermit and Fozzie sing in the car. I assume it’s written by Paul Williams - because he wrote ‘Rainbow Connection’ and so I assume he wrote all the songs from the soundtrack. But I didn’t use the Muppets’ version of the song, rather, the one by Fantastic Leslie - a band that Tom in fact drummed for. So it was the version he played on - and excellent point of departure.
For Fear of a Brown Planet, Tim, my sound guy, suggested Das Rascist’s ‘Who’s That Brown’. Perfect!
For DeAnne Smith there was never any choice at all - it had to be Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’.
Now here’s the thing. I know exactly what I’m gonna use for Sammy J tomorrow night.
And I probably know what I’ve got in store for Tim Ferguson on Wednesday.
I’m definite about my walk on music for Greg Fleet on Thursday - although the recent Spiderman photoshoot in the Herald Sun may lead me to a different choice.
Be that as it may, I’m keen to hear your suggestions for walk-on music for Hannah Gadsby, Celia Pacquola and Andrew Denton. Five double passes available for the best suggestions in each instance. And a double pass will go to the person who can come up with a better suggestion than the one I have in mind for Fleety and Fergo.
Oh, and in each case, I will use the best suggestion as the walk-on song.
I look forward to hearing you wax lyrical about lyrical waxings.
If you’d come see me interview Nazeem Hussain and Aamer Rahman as part of Stand-Up Sit-Down on Saturday night, you would have learnt that one of them had a tendency towards dick jokes in their earliest days, before they realised politically charged observations were what they were about. (As it happens, each accuses the other of initial dick-jocular comedic indulgence.)
You’ve have also discovered neither has given up their day jobs.
Walking down the street, Nazeem is more readily recognised by fans than Aamer – even when they’re side-by-side.
Even though Nazeem is on the Islamic Council of Victoria, he cannot provide Ha! LOL! certification for any of my gags (certainly not that one).
And Aamer is quite happy not being a high-powered lawyer.
Although there is no Fear of a Brown Planet show this year, you can see them in Political Asylum, a late show on Saturday nights…
If you’d come see me interview DeAnne Smith last night, you would have realised just how intimate an intimate show can be when it is the very final show of the festival – 11:30pm on a Sunday night. DeAnne cut a deal with me: for every three questions I asked her, she got to ask one of Ian, the Undertaker in the second row. The funereal anecdotes raised a hitherto forgotten memory for DeAnne: that her family, a couple of generations ago, was in the funeral business.
We discovered DeAnne’s rise to international-quality comic was rapid (2 years), as was her proficiency on the ukulele – hit home by her ability to tune precisely her instrument, seemingly by ear. (Turned out that cap-looking thing on the headstock was a state-of-the-art tuner; it’s been years since I’ve worked in the kind of music shop where I’d be exposed to such things so I had no hope of recognizing anything so technologically advanced…)
Stand-Up Sit-Down: Comics in Conversation kicked off last night with the delightfully divine Fiona O’Loughlin. We went to dark places, and we laughed a lot. Afterwards - and I will be so crass as to quote - she was heard to say, “Wow Dom!” Wow indeed. Thanks heaps, Fiona, not just for an awesome opening night, but also for the show.
Tonight’s guest is Tom Gleeson. I know, you immediately want to buy tickets. Cos a Stand-Up Sit-Down with Tom Gleeson will be a good one!
But don’t forget Tom’s own show Good One; come see this other good one, this good two, after his.