As predicted and not retrospectively altered, I wound up doing more interviews with stand-up comedians as they promoted their Sydney Comedy Festival shows. Some of them were done in my professional bedroom, and others were done as I walked around professional Hyde Park in my lunchbreak from working at Foxtel mag. Just to set the conversational tone for you.
Bert Goldsmith is the host of popular quiz/comedy mash-up The Sitcom Theme Song Singalong, which ran in Melbourne through April. If you’re sad you missed the chance to belt out the Friends theme in a room of equally festive audience members, I’m sure it’ll be back soon.
Daniel Muggleton is one half of Mug & Kettle, a comedy duo who run their own open mic night and have clawed their way to notoriety over the past year. I also reviewed their show, because he bullied me into it.
Chris Leben is a guy I’ve known for years, both socially and professionally. I hired him at People when we needed a junior writer, and now he’s moved on to more verdant fields at SBS. That hasn’t stopped him being a depresssed wreck though, thank God. (I reviewed his show here, too.)
Marty Bright hit me up for a chat over Twitter, and turned out to have a lot of interesting things to say about the craft. Apparently MCing is a great way to get your crowdwork skills up. Makes sense.
In addition to these luminaries, I have interviews with Mickey D and Matty B waiting on to be transcribed from my recording device (it’s an iPhone). Keep an eye out for them on What’s On Comedy this week…