Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs

Interview 4 – Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs

Tune into a rapid fire chat with the authors of the book and hit show: ‘Women like us’, Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs.

In an hilarious look at gender stereotypes, parenting, comedy coaching and writing, Stella, Mandy and Ellen ‘rip the band aid off’ our changing cultural norms.

Mandy has coached over 1,500 people in the comic arts (“Yes and five of them are working” she quips) including Ellen who was writing a book at the time that was “getting funnier”. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and Women Like Us, now in it’s fifth year.

It’s not always easy to fathom the years of refining, testing, failing and succeeding that results in a truly funny – and what seems like an ‘off the cuff’, spontaneous comedy routine. Mandy reckons it took her a decade before she hit her straps. Ellen was dead against doing stand up, but delights in ‘making people angry’, leaving her nowhere to go but up with her audience – there’s no people pleasing without some kind of human sacrifice!

In a classic moment during the interview, Stella opens the topic matter up to more weighty issues like: what’s sexy about middle age and the disproportionately small number of women in comedy ,which they all get right down to. But not before Ellen shatters the more serious tone by announcing: “Before we do that, I thought my drink would last longer?” Stage and audience crack up with Mandy suggesting: “Sounds like the title for the next book!”

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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!”

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

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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)!

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

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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:

Funny about books

Hobson Words

Come to Stella Kinsella Books for stockists, and the fascinating back stories on Stella’s own publications.