Hung Le and Rod Quantock

Interview 1 – Hung Le and Rod Quantock

Stella brings in the maiden interview of the ‘Funny about books’ podcast live at the Newport Comedy Room with special guests and legendary comics – Rod Quantock and Hung Le.

Rod proudly confesses to having never written for his stand up routines, but Hung admits to aiming for a cracking punch line every three sentences!

In a conversation taking more twists and turns than a federal politician watering with a cheap garden hose, the group discusses whether comics are made or born, the delights of the classics and how much fun it is to ‘peel the tape off’ racial and political stereotypes.

“It really helps if you look funny‚Ķ” reflects Hung about physical comedy, to which Rod quips: “You lucky bastard!”

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Richard Stubbs

Interview 3 – Richard Stubbs and Evan Hocking

Comedy, radio and TV icon – Richard Stubbs – joins Stella and ‘grass roots’ comic Evan Hocking for a wild discussion covering everything from duty free to running the country.

Richard, who is best known for hosting variety show Tonight Live on Channel 7, pioneering breakfast and drive time radio comedy (XY Zoo on Melbourne’s 3XY and later on 3 Triple M) – has recently returned to stand-up between ongoing corporate gigs and presenting on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Like many Melbourne comedians, Richard had his first shot on stage at The Last Laugh in Collingwood during the early 80’s – where he (and many other aspiring comics) worked as a barman at the time.

Stella, Evan and Richard compare notes on the current comedy scene: “Four minutes on stage for a try-out, and no pay”, Evan reports flatly – with Richard curbing his earlier career interstate travel expectations, now being “put up overnight in the promoter’s spare room”!

We also hear some of Richard’s family tales as brother, father and son. Like many people approaching their 6th decade, he tells the familiar challenging stories of ageing parents, new loves and flexible careers.

His retirement plan will crack you up – look out for him as you come through customs at Melbourne Airport (or in federal parliament as this week’s prime minister)!

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Stellavision – ‘Hobson Words’ podcast 2

Interview 2 – Richard Evans

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Born and bred in Williamstown, Richard has challenged himself across a range of pursuits including: actor, AFL footballer, corporate executive and in 1993, was elected to the federal seat of Cowan (WA), that he held for six years.

His most recent novel is ‘Deceit’ – episode one of the ‘Democracy’ trilogy. A political intrigue narrated through the eyes and ears of a parliamentary clerk, where the aspirations of the elected superstars are pitted against the powerful ‘heavy weights’ of parliamentary process.

In a fascinating interview, Richard and Stella discuss issues of political ambition, how changing reality may come second to manipulating perceptions and the inherent soul destroying nature and deep personal cost of political life.

Richard seeks to reveal, inform and educate Australian society by writing about both the ‘bird’s and worm’s eye view’ of our democratic processes.

We also hear that the strategic marketing techniques Richard has used to manage his marginal seat (amid scoffs from fellow ‘pollies’), have also been applied to the planning and publication of his books.

Richard warns against author’s submitting their first manuscript draft. Poor spelling, syntax, and quality are unlikely to get you a good hearing from a publisher. Consider your brand versus business strategy, and pick a publisher that pays attention to marketing and distribution.

Oh, and listen out for the ‘dirt’ on some of the players during the infamous WA Inc. of the 70’s and 80’s.

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Stellavision – ‘Hobson Words’ podcast 1

Interview 1 – Sara Rena Vidal

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In this inaugural ‘Hobson Words’ podcast episode, Stella is joined by the warm and wonderful Sara Vidal. An avid and outspoken supporter of people displaced and traumatised by war.

Sara feels she is not a natural writer, but after 25 years in the making, she has published a story of life, beauty and freedom.

She wanted to tell her Polish parent’s – Bella and Chaim’s – story of life and their dangerous escape from the Warsaw Ghetto, preceded by an 18 month stay beneath a machine in a cramped hole underground. An amazing story of resilience and hope.

“What does it mean to be human, and how is it that some people manage to cope?”

We sometimes forget to acknowledge the impact of the ablation of entire generations from those families affected by The Holocaust. A peoples who somehow endured profiteering from slave labour, the systematic ‘Selections’and the mass executions of the ‘Final Solution’ and those lured in disbelief to their demise.

“Your mind does not take in, that such a thing is possible.”

This is a story to be told and retold…

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Greg Fleet

Interview 2 – Greg Fleet

Veteran comedian and author of three books – Greg Fleet – joins Stella in a walk down (sketchy?) memory lane when comedy venues like The Last Laugh and The Prince Patrick were the ‘Valhalla’ of aspiring comics.

During their shared experiences in the 80’s, The Comedy Company and The Big Gig brought with them incredible television exposure for Australian comedians, who also made up the majority of the show’s writers. So comedian to writer and author isn’t such a big stretch.

In a frank, revealing and sometimes heartbreaking sojourn, Stella and Greg meander through his experiences of grammar school, acting, hard drugs and a mysterious father figure. It’s a heartfelt story of two very close friends (even closer in the early days ;>)

(Apologies to Michael Collins, Jacinda Arden and Dave Taranto whose names were mispronounced during the show).

Don’t forget to check out the Stellavision website for forthcoming shows.

To listen to all our podcasts and episodes, go to:

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Hobson Words

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