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Susan Jarvis

Susan Jarvis is the founder of the Spicy Boudoir, which aims to boost the confidence of diabled people and people over the age of 50 and help them embrace their sexuality. Susan mentions that she her self just turned 50 a few years ago and noticed that, from her age group onwards, talk about sex seemed to be taboo and suggests this could have had something to do with the time in which this age group was growing up. She wants to open up the conversation and help older people feel comfortable in talking about their sexuality

Susan saw a need in the market and met it, with a tailored online adult sex toy shop for those over 50 and for those with disabilities. Her target audience is bang on because when trialing activity on Pinterest, she received a lot of interest – not surprising given the high arts and crafts content on the medium. She also launched the business with a n=bang! A highly successful PR campaign she did herself.

As a first time entrepreneur over the age of 50, and having worked within the health industry in her previous career, Susan bravely stepped outside of her comfort zone from the 9-5 to start her own business. In the interview, she talks about all of the research she did and the operational efficiencies she’s employed to keep down storage costs for physical products. Susan is passionate about her mission and product, and it’s clear that she has established a business that works for her.

She’s THE Boss Chats Series Trailer

She’s The Boss chats is a regular program featuring in-depth interviews with amazing, inspiring female founders and women who run their own businesses.

In each episode, Jules Brooke chats with a business woman about their entrepreneurial journey; from when they left school to where they are now (often a very wiggly path!), what their ‘lightbulb’ moment was, the women that have inspired them along the way and what they have learned from their experiences. You’ll love the She’s The Boss program if you enjoy listening to interviews filled with lots of laughs, great stories and oodles of advice and lessons learned from life’s journeys.

This series of interviews is an extended version of the popular TV show on Ticker TV (tickertv.com.au) where Jules interviews all sorts of interesting and inspiring women every week. Jules is also the founder of Handle Your Own PR (handleyourownpr.com.au) where she teaches business owners, authors and experts how to get featured in the media for free and has developed a unique PR Engine. Handle Your Own PR also offers online coaching and accelerator courses.

Laura Piccardi

Laura Piccardi is the founder of Uppy which provides much needed life and performance coaching. She is also a speaker, presenter and the author of Unfaked. Having grown up in an enterprising family and running a number of businesses in Australia, Laura is now parlaying all of her experience to lift the lid on businesses in a fun and entertaining way.

As a result of the time she gained over the isolation period of COVID-19, Laura has reassessed what she really wants to do – and from now on will be a small business satirist. How cool is that?!

Being a native Brit and having moved to Australia 10 years ago, Laura is fearless in her approach to business, having tried a few adventures and businesses before landing on the one that’s right for her.

Having experienced and overcome severe stress, Laura also comes from a place of authenticity in being able to help others in their own personal growth. Her idea of lifting the lid on business and creating business satire is brilliant, and her mission is to make businesses more relatable to people whilst providing meaningful entertainment from her platform.

Polly McGee

It’s hard to know where to start with the accolades for this incredible woman of many talents! An early adopter of digital technology and a huge fan of yoga and ‘being of service’, Polly’s interview is fascinating. On her website she describes herself as an ‘All Purpose’ human but she is also an author, speaker, business strategist, yogi and good hustler,

As one of only 400 people worldwide to have attended Brene Brown’s master course and become a Certified Dare To LeadTM facilitator, these days she and her business partner, Zoe Coyle (who also did the course), are running workshops around the country through their company Pilot Light.

Jules and Polly have known each other for a few years now so they discuss how they met and their combined love of startups, female founders and innovation in all its forms. They move on to Polly’s emergence from academia and her curiosity about the digital world. She has been at the forefront of innovation for decades now.

Polly’s lust for life, her certainty that she was put on this planet to be of service to others and her mixture of ‘woo woo’ and business savvy makes this an interview not to be missed.

Lora Starling

An industry veteran in graphic design, Lora Starling is the founder of Starling Design, a business spanning decades across Australia and the UK. Lora’s design philosophy is based on the emotional centre, resulting in designs that resonate. She loves a bit of woo woo and has spent a lot of time exploring the influences on a brand.

During the chat, Lora talks about how her experience at large design firms helped her shape her own business and her point of difference in creating brands and designs that actually mean something.

With a positive mindset, Lora talks about how being an entrepreneur has taught her to learn from life crises, that perceived mistakes are actually learning opportunities to do better next time and that it’s important to be one’s true self, have a back-up plan and a stellar support network.

Jo Munro

Jo Munro is the founder of The Savvy Shopaholic and Media Savvy, bringing together her diverse experience in sales and business channel development, retail and media commentary. As a female founder, Jo made the leap from a corporate career to entrepreneurship through simply doing what makes her heart sing and pushing through the fear.

Jo talks about her inspiration in teaching, developed during her time as a passionate ballet teacher, and building relationships within her corporate telco career, her nous in retail shopping habits, and the life experiences that all lead to her establishing her businesses that essentially helps people and businesses alike get from A to B.

As an expert media commentator, appearing regularly on TV as the Savvy Shopaholic and as a business consultant at Media Savvy, Jo helps educate businesses about how to be prepared for any media interaction. She bridges the gap between businesses and media, making it an easier process all around.

Anne Miles

Anne Miles is the founder of Suits & Sneakers, an international creative services company, but she has done sooo much more! As a female founder she is constantly juggling clients, the work she needs to do on the business in terms of strategy, and the implementation. Luckily she has a super strong work ethic – which you will hear about in the interview.

In this interview Anne explains that she felt moved to go out on her own after suffering from bullying, ageism and sexism in the workplace for many years. As one of the brightest young women in the advertising and creative industries in her early career, she went on to hold very senior roles in a number of big name agencies – and corporate businesses –  until she started being discriminated against.

Turning the negative into a positive, she decided to help other amazing creatives who were looking for projects to work on, or even employment. She had a number of challenges in the process of setting up her business but has managed to get around all of them.

Karina Bruce

Karina Bruce is an unstoppable force! As a curvy model, and the co-founder of Hear Us Roar, a marketplace for fashion designers who specialise in curvy women, she is determined to change things in the fashion industry – and no doubt she will!

In this episode Karina and Jules discuss what it was like for Karina as a young woman who experienced bullying for her size at school, and how she eventually was persuaded by a friend to try out as a model. Her description of how she felt (sure of rejection) when she walked in the door of Vivian’s Model Agency is one many women will relate to. But she was booked immediately!

It was after Karina met her business partner, Blaize McCann, that the two like-minded women decided to set up Hear Us Roar. They were so fed up with the lack of fashion choices for women over size 14 (by the way, size 16 is the average woman’s size in Australia) that they sourced the best designers and brought them all together in one place.

Karina and Blaize set out to find VC funding and Karina tells us what that was like. Unfortunately their timing was a bit off as it was just before the Bushfires and COVID-19 isolation period but nothing will keep these women down!

Karina’s quirky fact is a classic too. Listen for it towards the end!

Jeff Green and Matt Elsbury – connecting with exasperation

Interview 8 – Jeff Green and Matt Elsbury

From the gains and losses of late-in-life parenting, the demise of heckling and the social media ‘self-esteem train’, to building comedy bridges on the back of global disasters… it’s an action packed half hour of Stellavision chat.

Jeff Green – famous in both the UK and Australian comedy scenes – believes many comics (and writers) begin their careers after a life changing loss (“I’m just not going to be that crushed guy!”). Keep an ear open for when Jeff explains why his ‘Ex’ is still next of kin on his passport ;>)

When Matt Elsbury is spotted in the street and asked to tell a joke (comedian’s bain), he semi-politely explains he is a professional, agrees a price on the gag, generates an invoice followed by a swipe on ZipPay (12 easy monthly payments). But he also cautions that earlier success does not guarantee future entitlement. As Matt puts it: “Your next audience owes you nothing.”

Stella ventures that comedians are ‘vicarious empaths’ – near enough to the action to be singed, but not so close as to blister. Finding the grumpy and exasperation in a situation, is to find the comedy (being just ‘angry’ is not really funny). Being able to create and explain a strong feeling, so the audience can compare it to their own experience is where comedy connections are made (and make you laugh despite yourself :>)

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

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uh sobbing a big bill oddie all right cutting to the chase
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welcome again thank you so much to my lovely crowd of Newports comedy room
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hunters who come so regularly to see these shows and stick around for these
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rather unique podcasts we are in fact building up an interesting archive of
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some fantastic Australian or Australian working comedians who have really got a
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bead on the social context and the zeitgeist if I can use that word because
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there is no one more acutely able to comment on what’s happening in real time
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as our stand-up comedian community now community of stand-up comedians I
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suppose that’s true but you don’t really get together an it though comedians but
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can I please welcome to two really hard-working comedians in Victoria
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predominantly but nationally and to some extent internationally I think that’s
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fair to say will you please welcome to the Stella vision here at the Newport
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comedy room podcast the wonderful Jeff green and Matt Ellsbury thank you please
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tell her thanks for having us and thanks for putting on such a great show with a
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wonderful audience and we both had a great time very rarely perform on raffia
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it’s it’s a first for me I have to say I’m just a little nervous that your
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intro stellar for the podcast has said the bar little high talking about the
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zeitgeist when I believe about an hour ago I was talking about my two-year-old
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and a cupcake how profound allowed to be during this podcast hurry the process up
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a bit with a few Jane away but we can’t just can’t defame ah we can’t do that
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now listen this is called funny about boxes inaudible you can you can pick it
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up on any of your Spotify or podcast listening devices that you have but what
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we do here on this show is we talk to comedians about the nature of writing
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and what that actually means because writing comedy is a bit weird isn’t it
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it is weird I’ve I’ve written three books three well I’ve written my show so
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I’m a writer often call myself a writer when I when I don’t want to mention
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a comedian in taxis Sam a writer yeah and or you know if I’m coming into the
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you know coming into the country and you have to put your your occupation down
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because if you book comedian they go well tell us a joke and you say well
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your parents are proud of you and then you don’t get in my standard line is now
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I say I’m sorry I’m a professional I’ll have to invoice you do you know Stevie
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Nicks from Fleetwood Mac still on her tax return rights
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roxtor right that’s beautiful yeah so I’ve so I wrote three books and back in
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the 2001 was called the ages that have living together that was the first book
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and then the second book was called the 80s that had been single they tragic
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follow-up and then the third book was the eighth set of having a baby and and
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I’ve I’m island and as met directors and my personal life for material and I’m
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actually a chemical engineer that’s my degree genuinely yeah which basically
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means I can make a bong out of anything right but did you say Bob I’d bonk no
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bomb now yeah well both in fact but I did my did chemical engineering at uni
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I’m a maths physics and chemistry so I’ve always looked at jokes as like
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puzzles so I see that I see the punchline and this is James I’m speaking
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genuinely I I try and put them together I know there’s a there’s the perfect
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combination of the of the words and the N where to put the punchline
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and so I’ve often that’s all that’s often how I approach writing I am I try
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and find a theme to what I want to talk about each year I give it a heading and
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then I and then that gives me a spine so that I don’t drift too far off or if I
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get writer’s block I know I’ve got to come back to what I’m supposed to be
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talking about so I was watching you tonight and your methodology and so you
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start with the end and you you move back to them and so that you can create the
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logical conclusion yeah I usually start with the punch lines in what Matt says I
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usually start with a punch line and then and they
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create that the proper build-up and then I and I really work hard on the on the
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woods and I try and make it as economic as possible and I try and choose the
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right words it’s not Lots have been talked about in terms of comedy with
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what the right work Mark Twain talks a long time and so does Bill Bryson all
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about the correct word in in in in comedy writing so I try and I perform it
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with the audience often when audiences are watching me they think I’m talking
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but I’m not I’m listening I’m listening or than a talk so I’m listening to how
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they’re responding and and then I’m editing and I’m also remembering what
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how little bits went and so I changed I changed my delivery according to the
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audience I changed the order of things I changed the material up I’m gonna
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choose and and and so and basically that’s and that that then becomes the
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show because I was watching you again tonight because I’ve seen you several
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times and I guess you you you know it’s like a matrix you can mix it up and
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change it as you go but what at what point do you walk into a room and
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determine how you’re going to do that and I’m looking if I’m looking for mana
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bill so I’m lucky if I’ve got people who are on before me because that will give
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me a reading of the room and then I’ll look at the audience and a look at the
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demographics and I’ll make a right on my hand still still right set this now a
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lot of people don’t lock comics don’t Bryce I write setlist out for every show
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yeah and it just makes me feel better and I don’t always follow it if I rarely
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follow it but at least it’s there and the material is front front and center
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of my mind well look I do put a bit of work into curating each show and making
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sure that there that the acts kind of complement each other and and and Matt
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I’ve know your work and Jeff I know your work and even though you’re completely
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different you do both love to talk about the arrival of children in your life and
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they’re they’re sort of I would say impact but actually I think I should say
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onslaught you’re such it’s such an all-encompassing thing particularly as I
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mentioned before I was stupid enough to come to this game particularly light and
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so I think you kind of become the bridge then you have the friends with our
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children and the friends with children and the the divide starts to open well I
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was the friend without the children and became the friend with children so I
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know what both sides alike and I won’t say which one I want back
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because then though Doc’s will come around and take my children away from me
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but if you talk to each group but particularly because the arrival of
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children is just so all-encompassing I have not had a proper night’s sleep in
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five years and it’s not because the the asthma’s acting up or anything is
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because of the arrival of Rugrats it just changes every single thing I don’t
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think you ever sleep again after your children or I’m probably I’ve slept for
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five years but I have a bladder problem entirely different and but also equally
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I have children I children later my children were born in my 40s and my
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sisters had kids when my sister was 17 when she had a child so you know my
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sister’s kids are all grown up I got I got grandchildren nieces and stuff but I
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children late in life like a fool but but I’m really glad I did I’m glad I got
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that out of way at the way I don’t think I would have been a particularly great
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dad at that point you look I disagree though because look at that there is a
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physical toll on having children later in life and and you maybe do it a little
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bit out of sync with your your coach or your friends and so forth but actually
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although my partner says to me our daughter is being raised as if by
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grandparents which is not a great comment but actually I think we’ve
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probably done a better job as a consequence better job we’ve got more
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patience or I mean one of it one of the things is that you do well I feel I’ve
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got more patience and I also I’ve had I’ve got all my partying out the way but
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but equally I go you know when the kids want to go to the Melbourne and Royal
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Melbourne show and I’m in my 50s and they want to go on the rides and I’m
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saying let’s go on the teacups and they don’t know dad let’s go on the
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dislocator I know dad take us on the blood clot and
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there I’m always saying yes Jeff get on the blood clot with him I said but
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remember 50s it turns you upside down throws your body into five different
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directions I’ll have a stroke imagine coming back home from the Royal
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Melbourne show did you down enjoy the raw bubble show you can ask him it’ll
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take a while to get down so I have to tap him out with his nose on a special
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keyboard but at least you do get a park nearer to
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the turnstiles but anyway the one thing I think that the universal truth that
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people accept about artists or Flanders oh and anyone that spends a great deal
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of time contemplating is that you at you you you you have an enormous need for
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introversion and you have an enormous need to spend just long hours by
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yourself contemplating things so that you can reconstitute it into a consumer
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before Martha comedy or a novel or a radio play or a podcast or something but
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when the kids come along that’s kind of gone and they see an asshole and you
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just leave it to your partner to do but I don’t get that feeling that you too
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have done that so I have a very genuinely I have a very understanding
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partner and and often she will say to me you know you are following your dream I
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don’t you know I like to bring the children up but I want to break and and
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it’s it’s very hard to get the right balance out between her having a break
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and you bringing in the income I mean that’s what every favorite families
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going through that one of the good things I did feel when I had kids was I
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was actually losing touch with my audience when I was in my 30s I doubt I
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was partying had quite a lot of money a disposable income without children and I
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felt like I was I wasn’t connecting the main thing about comedy is three rules
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of comedy Connect connect connect there they are the rules of comedy and you
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have to you have to connect your job onstage is to attend to your
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relationship with the audience at all times the minute you stop and looking
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after your relationship with them is the mini you start dying on stage so that
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relationship that you have with the audience is vital and I found that I was
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having less and less in common with the people who were going doing it tough who
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were bringing up children who were paying mortgages who was struggling with
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bills and I was really struggling to find out what we had in common then the
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children came along and suddenly I had a lot more in common and and and and it
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really reap it rebuilt my relationship and made me I think a better more
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empathic comic so you joined the club I suppose yeah and what about you met
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because you would have been on a similar pathway I guess you’re relatively late
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to parenting you said so what were you doing with all of that
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free time your head um well it is a similar story I didn’t quite hit Jeff’s
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income stream or level of prettiness so I didn’t have quite the part he’s
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available to me but it is a very similar sensation but the main difference I
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found with the writing because we are a two-income family unless you ask my
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partner in which case she’ll say one and a half and I’m not the one but so as a
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result I you know I work at night I do home dad for most of the day and I’ve
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learned previously I used to take about half an hour to settle myself into a
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writing session like kind of unwind set everything up get it and now I have half
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an hour and so if I spend all that time on one the unwinding I’m unprepared for
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the combat I have to go back into with the children I’ve got two minutes to get
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in get started and get underway and then be hauled back in as soon as you find as
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soon as you smell smoke basically you know the writing sessions over because
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one of the children who’s gotten out of sight has put a knife in something
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electric so that’s when you know creativity is done find the phone corn
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bill ambulance back to real life my wife says um I said darling I’m
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having trouble writing my show I can’t look after the children she’s you’ve got
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five minutes go right oh yeah I can get into the zone in five minutes she just
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thinks it just fucking falls out of me but it doesn’t it’s em it looked better
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it sounds cruel but I had suspected supportive it’s very supportive I
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couldn’t have done it without her and I genuinely could not have done anything
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couldn’t have been a parent and a comic without her now um Jeff put this at this
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squarely if you’d stayed in Britain you probably would have been a bigger star
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and earned more money Australia just can’t really support its artists and it
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doesn’t want to it doesn’t necessarily like us unless there’s a bushfire fund
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and then it really likes us but um so so can I talk can you talk a little bit
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about as much as I know you love and appreciate your wife and moving here
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there is a part of you I imagine that thinks if you’d stayed in Britain apart
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from Boris Johnson you would have had a bigger career is that fair to say yes I
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would definitely because the UK definitely do
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UK’s in the middle of everything I mean there’s lots of opportunities you’ve got
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you know you know all the radio stations radio one two three four or five you got
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all the BBC’s nine BBC’s ITV channel five and they’re all creating and comedy
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a good quality comedy and there’s just opportunities all times and and and the
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UK’s in the centre of thing I know that because I used to read headlines when I
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lived in London like um you know if a global financial crisis envelops the
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world world leaders gather in London to discuss fiscal strategy then I came to
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Australia I read headlines like trapped supermarket Sparrow fine alright and the
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cost of real estate and football yeah yeah yes and that and and less atlas
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this value attached to it to their comp comedians and it’s a shame because
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they’re comedians are great you know we got em wonderful social commentators
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like Will Anderson like like all of the people who are you know earning a living
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in this country are difficult living but they are only you mentioned early about
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him the kind of era that we’re in and I’ve watched I’ve been and I’ve been a
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comedian for 30 years I did my first gig when Ronald Reagan was president that’s
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that’s a long time ago so I’ve watched all of the four trends so when I started
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out was very political Ben Elton was was a big comic in those days then we went
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into observational I’m considered an observational comic observational comedy
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people have michael mcintyre me Adam Hills people like that then then we then
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we went into surreal like Eddie Izzard Ross noble fest surreal comics then
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improv lots of people just you know trying to work what the audience got and
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then background to politics again we’re currently in the me to era of comedy
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which has happened for the past couple years Australia has a very small comedy
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community and they sometimes can be very self-important and they do tend to like
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to put their opinions down and we do feel under pressure at the moment to be
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to be censoring ourselves there is it is not a libertarian atmosphere you
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couldn’t you can’t dissolve things you cannot say in Australia in the UK it’s
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still a very broad Church you can say what you like and the audience will
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decide you know we are we are we’re so censoring only
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ourselves self censoring I don’t think it’s a good thing
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I much prefer anything to be said on stage and for the audience to decide
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whether it’s funny valid or good jokes or bad jokes
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I don’t like censorship and it’s a shame that we do have it do you think the
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presence of social media and its impact on what comedians can and can’t do
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apropos of what Jeff just said do you think it’s improved life for comedians
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or is it it’s are we just becoming incredibly overly self-aware and a bit
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too precious here in Australia well the word echo chamber gets sewn around about
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social media a lot and it you find that every market becomes divided into
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smaller and smaller sub markets and so trying to find an idea that catches a
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large group gets harder and harder as people tune in more and more to their
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own comfort area so it’s as with any technology control out the standard get
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off my lawn line of you know there’s good and bad in any sort of groundswell
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shift but in the case of social me one thing there was I’m trying to member how
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long ago was there was basically a letter signed by about a dozen legends
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of Australian comedy but legends of a previous style shall we say people like
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you Kevin bloody Wilson and Vince Sorrenti I think was in there as well
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Alba moaning the overly PC nature of the audience and the the main thing that
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came to mind to me is that moment these are people that have earned their
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stripes over a long time even if their style of some of them does not gel with
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the current audience something I think that every comedian needs to remember is
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that you’re next audience OHS you nothing they do not owe you a laugh
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because you’ve put in a certain amount of time or as in a certain number of
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miles in the tirado you have to make that group in front of you laugh and
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this is what Jeff was talking about Connect connect connect you have to go
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to them and make the experience happen in their heads and so they don’t owe you
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a laugh because you’ve turned up you have to earn it each time you go out and
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so with the current bemoaning largely and this is the also social media has
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made it that there’s like a permanent record of everything we do now there are
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no mistakes that get swept under the carpet because the carpet is being
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lifted under lifted up and looked under all the time and in a permanent ongoing
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way that’s a good point yeah when I started out there was no internet there
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wasn’t even any telephones or electricity we were all we were doing
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gigs on horseback and I heard that wheel there is sir yeah it’s true no people
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used to heckle more that’s a bit hectic there was a wall of hair now with the
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internet they don’t need to they can go to the toilets and heckle you at home
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send you a nasty tweet and but I enjoyed heckling I enjoyed that they yes doing
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enjoy yeah but and and and and and some of the great things you know gex I’ve
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had some wonderful ankles because what have you um I like I saw a guy on stage
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a guy who walked on and said hey I miss good evening I’m a schizophrenic because
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how much have it why don’t you both fuck off then he’s a big no I think that’s
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very much a UK thing in the in the UK heckling is more of a contest yeah in
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Australia you’re lucky to find a heckler that uses
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consonants it tends to be which is harder to see to Australian
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heckling you generally don’t find you find it lower than the blood-alcohol
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level I think it’s generally the concept of it it’s awkward isn’t it
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okay so are you you’ve tapped into what I think is is starting to emerge again
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comedy has sort of sat in the background as a bit of window dressing in there in
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recent decades we’ve had a great economy we are starting to get to some pretty
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awkward times in on the global horizon we have untold numbers of extinct
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species about to drop off the planet we have an environmental change happening
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we have a virus it’s turning into a pandemic which no one has seen the likes
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of since the Spanish flu I think comedians are going to be highly in need
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one more time but what I do want to ask you please do come into their own
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actually your rights comedians come in sit around when when that when our backs
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are against the wall that happened in the UK and during them after the GFC and
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austerity and and and also during the Gulf War and committee were comedians
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work was suddenly sought out by audiences for relief but also for
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observations and for dialogue and for narrative on what’s happening and making
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sense of it that’s right making sense of it and kind
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of cutting to the chase yeah and and actually explaining to them to the
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public what isn’t happening but in the context of political
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correctness it’s getting a little bit weird so my question to you is given
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that there are currently people that are still trapped on a boat as we speak
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what’s it like being a comedian on a cruise well what’s it like being a
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comedian on a cliche coin thing comes to mind again because you can get heckled
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the days after the show and the crew ships the only place that will give you
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that environment you’ll find yourself getting heckled at lunch you’re trapped
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on board and there’s a lot of old people it’s like a floating Adelaide cruise
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ship Cheerilee
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yeah it’s a it’s in you know and I don’t mind them I find them I find that you
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know you get stuck behind them on that I go not the gangplank they’re discussing
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the ship going it’s gonna be better than when we sailed with Noah you come on you
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old bastard so I wanna get to the cabin before the ice caps melt but term they
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are there their audiences that’s the thing as a comment you can’t be precious
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their audiences they’re people and you have to connect with them you have to
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find a bridge and I don’t mind I don’t mind them I don’t mind audiences I love
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that’s why I’m in this game loved performing for people well there’s
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another question Jeff with a degree in chemical engineering you could have been
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making pills you could have been thank you take any cells
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but you bet you went for comedy so what happened um
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what genuinely happened I worked for a company called POC when I left uni we’re
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selling oxygen and acetylene to welders then I got fed up of the glamour of that
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and then Germany paparazzi yeah I got dumped by a girl and a lot of comedians
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there is usually a big incident that happened in their lives that made them
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get onstage you know maybe they lost a job lost her parents you know we have
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had a relationship breakdown that just made them go and what am I gonna do am I
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gonna be this person my previous life or is it is it gonna be a catalyst for
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change and so I got dumped by this girl and I was I’ll show you I will show you
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I’m not gonna be that guy that still works at BO saying nice in South Wales I
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will get out on stage and em and tear and and and and and and and and prove
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her wrong well and wonder what do you think your wife would say to this girl
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if they ever miss AHA well she said she said she’s my next of kin on my on my
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passport because I thought you know where if I die she can deal with all my
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shit right so you clearly over her there
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it was there my wife would be five like I suspect my wife would be five thank
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you for dumping him and that was the reason I was I went to the comedy store
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I would cheer up and saw three comics and when this is what I want to do wow
23:28
that’s amazing Matt Matt do you have a sort of a muggle
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life as well as comedian ah I think it’s part of the puzzle I mean as I was
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talking to one of your lovely audience’s members before well-balanced people
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don’t go into comedy they don’t need to I see
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to combine it with the previous topic I almost made a cruise passenger cry by
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accident I love doing it deliberately but this was by accident now we were in
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conversation I mentioned clearly my son’s in the show and this lovely person
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asked me how I would feel if my son’s wanted to go into comedy and without
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thinking about it I immediately said I hope to give my son’s a secure enough
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upbringing that they feel no need to go into comedy and she’s a miracle oh why
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cause this Brad I suspect your mother probably cried more ah she just enjoyed
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the fact that I was having a house at night besides I was a disappointment to
24:27
my mother doing comedy I felt really I do because she was she’s a single mom
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and she got me through uni and a lot of a lot of sacrifices and then I said I’m
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gonna be a comedian she cried my mother fought all comedians were
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manic-depressive drug addicted alcoholics wow she was so accurate she
24:43
sprang on because they are Wendy self-medicating to get it just right
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there but she must be here before you now you’ve moved from you’ve got a
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lovely family I mean we live in a nice part of the world and so forth yes yes
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yes and she can all sit yeah without stopping it Christmas Island so that’s a
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good cook for her yes um okay look we’re gonna we’re gonna wrap this up soon too
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but you both write independently of stand-up the thing is a lot of the
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public don’t believe that comedians actually write out the stuff that
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they’re going to say but you kind of have to don’t you
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well some some don’t so you know I people say where do you get your
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material from I go I have three places one is the blank page with with the head
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the other is when I’m on stage and improvising around the topic that I’ve
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all the ideas that I’ve written on the blank page and then sometimes the
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audience will chip in so did you improvise a bit tonight I
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usually I’m improvising when the audience is really behind it yeah
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there’s a couple of bits something that playing yeah there’s because it’s that’s
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quite a new show that’s and I’ve I did tonight yeah that’s from Adelaide and
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Perth okay so a lot of that was new a lot of the times I was still still not
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well I liked it because I wrote it in something yeah yeah
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thank you yeah and what about you Matt do you have been again with the five
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minutes between the children throwing toys out of the side of the car and
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smelling them yes Matt smoke sure Missy but I did think that when I had a young
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child and I was you know walking and walking and walking and I thought you
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know what I can’t write any more novels I have no time but I can write five
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minutes of comedy and I’m just gonna do that I was just gonna say Jeff and I
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have two very different processes because I particularly when I’m running
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stand-up I always think about myself I don’t write well I react well okay so I
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will if I’m trying to write on a particular topic I will just read as
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much as I can and find ideas to bounce off rather than starting from the blank
26:37
page I need to be need to have something to react to to use tonight for example I
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had a plan for how it’s gonna open the set and then you introduced me as being
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a nice guy yeah and that sent me in a completely
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different direction because for the reasons I outlined nice not really in my
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repertoire at the moment and won’t be until I can get back into some hacks
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well yeah because of this lack of sugar and carbs in my life Xmas psychosomatic
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Matt you’re just causing yourself an illness you’re not the first person to
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say that you may be the last we do people who suffer from any sort of
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allergic reaction here the whole psychosomatic thing a lot and I you you
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couldn’t say smells kind of the glint in her eye there she did that as I wind up
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and if I if I was eating normally it wouldn’t have worked but I’m not
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so so yes mainly on you makeup again I am just a bounce off what Matt said I
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although I do have a blank page I can’t write about anything until I know how I
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feel about it yeah I have to feel something I have to feel and it’s not
27:51
always anger angers not funny emotion people don’t like to laugh of angry
27:55
people grumpy as well its exasperation is funny but not hang on and so you have
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to find your exasperation and you have to find them because audience is also
28:04
they’re triangulating what’s what you’re saying
28:07
what’s your emotion what do you think about what you’re saying
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and then they triangulate and then they find the joke in the middle when your
28:14
emotion neutral audiences don’t can’t laugh and an emotion neutral comedian
28:20
what does he what does he think about what he’s saying she think what you know
28:24
we need to know where what we need to know where the feelings are from your
28:28
point of view to find what you’re saying funny so I need to find out what I’m
28:33
what I think about and often you have to choose a very strong emotion about
28:37
something if we’re talking about the Royal Melbourne show I can’t be oh into
28:41
the Royal Melbourne show people don’t care our next that’s not interesting
28:44
before it I just went to the Royal bubble show it was the worst fucking day
28:47
of my life people go oh tell us more because they’ve had that experience
28:50
yeah well and and and and you’re and they can see you’re your M commitment to
28:55
the to the topic I think comedians are vicarious impacts I think that we sort
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of carry the hopes and dreams of all of the audience but we also carry the fees
29:04
and conundrums that we face each day as well and if we’re any good we do a lot
29:10
of us don’t manage that no that’s true you pointed at me then I feel awkward
29:18
listen I want to thank you both so much for coming along to television at the
29:22
Newport comedy room and our little podcast that we’ve been creating for
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some time now you can hear it on audible you can hear on Spotify thanks to Dave
29:29
Stokes author to audio who has been putting all of these together for me
29:33
thanks again to the new fall comedy room as a club and thank you both for such a
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great insight into what it is to sort of you know write comedy and be a comedian
29:43
because Jeff you’ve just analyzed it beautifully and it is far more complex
29:46
and a far greater skill and an that I think people really ever want to
29:50
give it credit but I I think I should try it kept right five minutes tonight
29:55
when you get home just try it and then instead I’ll give you five minutes
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that’s my pop and don’t just write it and then stand on stage and just see how
30:02
it feels because it’s a great way of losing weight it really is yeah couple
30:07
of kilos go just very very quickly but hey listen thank you all so much can we
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please give a big round of applause to Jeff and Matt for their participation
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tonight what great guests they’ve been and and
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what sort of fantastic insight as well and thank you also to you as well and
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please join us again at television at the newport podcast thanks to everybody
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see you later good luck
30:45
you

Mitchell Faircloth – Punter to punter

Interview 7 – Mitchell Faircloth

Mitchell is perhaps best known as ‘Slim Whittle’, playing alongside a cast including Tracy Harvey, Tony Rickards as “Con Marasco” and John Rothfield as “Dr Turf” on ‘Punter to Punter’ – the seminal radio show broadcast on 3RRR on Saturday mornings during the eighties.

But his talent reach is much broader, including songwriter, musician, illustrator and also script writer for Tonight Live with Steve Vizard and The Gillies Report, and performing many acting roles – as recently as 2019 with Hugo Weaving in Measure for Measure, and independent candidate for the 1990 federal election!

You are up for a real treat in this interview, as Mitchell and Stella talk Melbourne comedy, life in Byron Bay and have absolutely nothing nice to say about ‘the sport of kings’!

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