The Shelf returns for Season Ten (X). You can find up-to-date details at http://shelvers.com.au and our FB page as we get closer to December, but right now we have confirmed that joining Justin Hamilton and I every week will be Claire Hooper, Cal Wilson, Aunty Donna, Watson and Charlie Pickering. The first show on Dec 1 will also have a spectacular guest lineup including Rove, Tom Gleeson, Rob Hunter and Dave Thornton. Cancel Xmas, this is better.
I love doing The Shelf so much. The spontaneity, the variety, the mania. If you love seeing comedians enjoy themselves, you have to come down and experience the madness that is The Shelf.
My self-imposed long service leave is coming to an end. Rather than ease myself back into work slowly, I'm jumping in head first.
From Thursday I will be a part of Miss Itchy's Lazy Susan at the Tuxedo Cat for the Melbourne Fringe. Details available in the gig section, or you can click the picture of the identical twin teenage bridesmaids below. If you've never seen Miss Itchy before, it is a terrifying and deranged experience. Also joining Miss Itchy will be The Poofcast's Scott Brennan, although as he's pretty, he may end up being used as a toy by Little Miss Candy-Girl.
As well as the Lazy Susan, you can catch me in Melbourne at Spleen, Five Boroughs and The Comic's Lounge in October.
If I'm not engrossed in a film or tv show, I'll pick up one of my devices. Often I'll text my sister about just how ludicrous it is. This week Pompeii (dir. Paul WS Anderson) arrived from Quickflix, and while watching it, I started tweeting. It was that or fold laundry, which is difficult with 3D goggles on.
I'm watching Pompeii, or as I like to call it, John Snow and the Volcano.
WARNING The Poofcast contains coarse language, adult themes, sexually explicit discussion and the inception of Dirty Pilates.
The Poofcast has been on hiatus for nearly a year. It has been even longer since we recorded together. There were several reasons for the sudden cessation of the podcast, some of them personal to various members of the team, so I won't go into them here. We reconvened recently to record a Eurovision Reunion special, and it was a hoot. So much so, we recorded another couple on the back of the reunion, and they have been released over the last fortnight. It was just as mad and manic as ever, and despite how well things went, part of me is tempted to leave them as a three week reunion and never try it again. Like those Ab Fab specials.
I do wonder sometimes if my presence on Spicks and Specks is turning the whole thing quite camp. This week we have Lucy Durack, star of mega-musicals Wicked and Legally Blonde, Squared Division choreographer Ashley Evans, who has just choreographed a Vegas residency for Britney Spears, and uber-camp comedian Meshel Laurie. Thankfully we have the marriage-obsessed Luke McGregor to balance things out...
Lucy is the most wonderfully upbeat human alive, and you can see how she was cast as the ebullient Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and the sugary-sweet Galinda in Wicked. She was also, recently, the Queen of Moomba with Bert Newton.
Another amazing episode. I got to sit with the incredible Martha Davis from The Motels. Her voice was an integral part of my life growing up in the 80s. After the show we went out for several drinks, and she told me some fascinating (and unfortunately unrepeatable) stories about Molly Meldrum, Madonna and David Fincher (one of his earliest directing jobs was the video for 'Shame' by The Motels) among many others.
Also on my team was the frenetic Frank Woodley, while Ella was joined by Luke McGregor and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
If you haven't seen Teddy perform, you haven't lived. His deep baritone voice can actually vibrate the seat you're sitting in. Going to see him perform in South Pacific was like watching a musical while sitting on the washing machine during the spin cycle. He's a great sport and a lovely man, and he's roughly the same size as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Teddy will next be seen in The King and I.