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Join us with a live audience as comic, MC and writer Stella Kinsella interviews Australia's best known comedians and authors around Melbourne's clubs.

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Join us with a live audience as comic, MC and writer Stella Kinsella interviews Australia's best known comedians and authors around Melbourne's clubs.

    Mitchell Faircloth – Punter to punter

    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’!







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







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    • 56 min
    Steve Kearney and Neill Gladwin – Los Trios Ringbarkus

    Steve Kearney and Neill Gladwin – Los Trios Ringbarkus

    Interview 6 - Steve Kearney and Neill Gladwin















    From the primordial soup of the late 70’s, free education, Dada discomfort, performance art, teacher training at Rusden, Buster Keaton and post ‘vaudevillia’ came the bumbling genius of Steve Kearney and Neill Gladwin as Los Trios Ringbarkus – the ‘anti-tainers’.







    Melbourne’s thirst for cabaret, variety and live venues during the early 80’s provided the perfect environment for the trio pair to climb the dizzy stacked chair heights of accidental comedy greatness. 







    A career together spanning over ten years, later saw the two become production and direction icons in the Australian and Hollywood movie lands, but only after ‘time served in the comedy crucible’.







    When asked about a touted documentary, the two replied: “It’s pretty hard to write a documentary about yourself.” To me it just sounds like a dare :>).







    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.

    • 54 min
    Lauren Bok and Joanne Brookfield

    Lauren Bok and Joanne Brookfield

    Interview 5 - Lauren Bok and Joanne Brookfield















    "I've felt the steely, cold wind of a giant bomb stinking up the stage and when you get off and you're like, I can't look anyone in the eye...I'm going home to wash myself of the failure that is surrounding me." Lauren Bok on a bad night at the office.







    Lauren was the first of 60 women interviewed for Joanne Brookfield's new book "No Apologies" - celebrating the power of women, their voices and their stories. When you do the math, that's 60 interviews x 5,000 words per interview = 300,000 words that Joanne has skillfully crafted into a 65,000 word 'must read'.







    Stella questions: "Can we hope for the day when we don't actually need the book? Where inequality at lots of levels: gender, race, disability, etc doesn't exist?"







    As Joanne points out: "The point of the book is that we're not there yet!"







    There's a real sense of closeness among the comedy 'sisterhood', which stems from bizarre inequities and impossibly shaped hurdles. "We're not allowed to get it right, but we're always told we're getting it wrong.", says Joanne. It's appears to be not just about equality, but a unique response rejecting/countering phobic, sexist material delivered up as entertainment by the comic majority.







    Gender archetypes have made it a challenge for women to 'rage on stage'. The suggestion is that 'permission' is gendered - "Go for it dude! But be careful ladies". But of course comedy has the unique ability to mock itself, holding up a mirror in a powerful medium for different points of view and diversity of perspective - inclusive regardless.







    As lauren so beautifully puts it...







    "Be the change you want to see in the world"







    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.

    • 51 min
    Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs

    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!"







    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.

    • 46 min
    Hung Le and Rod Quantock

    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…" reflects Hung about physical comedy, to which Rod quips: "You lucky bastard!"







    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.

    • 39 min
    Richard Stubbs

    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.

    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.

    • 47 min

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