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.
You haven't accidentally stepped into one of those wacky Comedy World Cup things, although you'd be forgiven for believing that. Ella is joined by frequent Spicks and Specks guest, Irish comedian Jason Byrne, and his countryman, singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey. I was joined by British comic Joe Lycett and the return of an opera singer who, like Jason, has been on this show many times, Antoinette Halloran.
Ladies, crack open a bottle of bubbly and rip the wrapper off a packet of Tim Tams, because this one is for you. The smouldering sexiness of Dan Sultan and the boisterous charm of Ben Mingay. As well as two of the funniest women in showbiz, Gen Fricker and Denise Drysdale.
I was so excited to be working with Ding Dong again. We've been on this show together before, when we did a 60s special in season 5 with Brian Cadd and the late Ian Turpie. You can get it on DVD from the ABC Shop! Denise and I also appeared together on Tractor Monkeys and Celebrity Splash.