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…
In the lead-up to the Sydney Comedy Festival, I’ve done a couple of phone interviews with local comics this week. Presumably there’ll be more to come, in which case I’ll change the word “couple” to “few” in the preceding sentence. Which will make that sentence nonsensical.
Rodney Todd was the host in my “How To Be Pregnant” video. He also tells jokes on stage and swears at a fictional nemesis in this interview!
Jen Carnovale hit me up on Twitter after she read Rodney’s interview, either because she thought I got straight to the heart of what it is to be a comedian…or because she thought I might sell her several more tickets.
They both said funny and interesting things, so have a read!
Here’s a two-and-a-bit-minute video I wrote (and appeared in, in lieu of proper actors) for the ABC’s Fresh Blood competition late last year. We had no real expectation of winning any funding coin, but it served as a spur to get something done on a deadline.
Way back in the dark depths of 2006, when I was a fresh-faced fella with a dream in his heart and a burgeoning media career, I got the chance to write for The Chaser’s War On Everything. I submitted a lot of stunt ideas and scripts from my kitchen table, but only one made it to air. (To be fair, a lot of them were impractical.)
I would feel a lot better about claiming credit for “JB Hi-Fi Name & Shame” if I had actually had to do the hard part – the stunt itself – but since they gave me a Contributing Writer credit, I’ll swallow my humility and take it.
This wasn’t my only contribution to The Chaser’s televisual oeuvre – you can also see me manning phones in the background of 2004′s The Chaser Decides! OK fine, it isn’t really that exciting.
It would be nice if we both pretended I didn’t just spend ages screencapping this from my DVD copy.
As you can see, there is nothing I like better than telling people what to do, especially when I have no actual wisdom to pass on.
How To Write A Sitcom Pilot: What better way to make use of the lessons learned in Tim Ferguson’s excellent comedy writing course? Other than actually writing a sitcom pilot, of course.
How To Talk About Asylum Seekers: The references are a bit dated now, but still a good reason to make use of a Split Enz album cover.
How To Host A Dinner Party (illustrated by Anton Emdin): If you find some of the jokes crude, consider the target audience. If you find some of them hilarious, consider yourself the target audience.
How To Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Like A Real Man: The other option is to do what I did – ignore them for years, act like a giant baby when you have to go to the dentist, then throw a massive pity party for yourself in the aftermath.
How To Survive A Work Party (illustrated by Anton Emdin): A vital guide for anyone with an interest in flouting as many company policies as possible in the space of one evening.
How To Be Redundant: Finally, something I actually have experience with!