Yeehaw! What a time. My eyelids can barely keep themselves up as I type this, so will keep it brief, but just wanted to write and say a huge WISH YOU WERE HERE! I adore travelling and luckily, it turns out, I love doing so by boat. Especially when said boat contains umpteen all-you-can-eat buffets, hot tubs and stops at delicious islands. Oh man. Even when I’ve hit the challenging parts (missing my family terribly, slight bouts of nausea, technical hitches with gigs), I’ve st
At the risk of sounding like the nutbag of fatigued emotion that I am right now, let me tell you that while the performances have been lovely, I’ve been soaking up the sights of Melbourne and enjoying a number of most excellent comedy shows, it’s all through a rather pathetic lens of “I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I MISS THE KIDS.” I had a dream the other night that I was cuddling them all in my bed, then I woke up and realised they weren’t there. They weren’t even cl
My little mouse spotting a poster! I love how excited she is about the show, soooo cute (though she would hate me calling her "cute" in public. So please. No further.) Many people ask me about how I manage to do this performing/touring stuff with kids. Or rather, they just say nice things about how cool it is that I can. Well, most people. (BTW when my darling box office commander-in-chief relayed this guy’s comments, I was honestly, mostly amused. But I can’t help but point
YAHOO! I can now officially announce that I will be officially appearing at this year’s officially incredi-bamazeballs Woodford Folk Festival! I am beyond stoked, the program was released last night and looks brilliant from the little glance I’ve had thus far. This one’s gonna be a cracker for me, personally. Not only am I doing the stand-up stage as per usual, but I’m also teaching an improv workshop, representing at the Great Debate and da, da, da, da…performing a one-off f
And so it begins! (Damn I love quoting Gandalf). Here’s the first song so far, inspired by the lovely Allison who suggested the word “rainbows”. I had a lot of fun creating it; it was all quite fast, mad and furious, what with my kids doing their pre-bedtime thing and all and trying to get a bit of shoosh for two minutes to record it. Silly me for choosing rat-hour to record. Ah me. (My daughter filmed this, by the way. Jawsome, yes?! I do hope that means she’s now tax deduct
So overdue. Those of you paying extra close attention might notice that I’ve tagged this with, amongst other things, “thyroid imbalances on film.” Nuff said. I’m off to google “colon cleanse”. #demo #musicalcomedy #Improv #brisbane #selfpromotion #showreel #standup #thyroidimbalancesonfilm #comedy #comedienne #australian
YAY! I am so pumped to finally be showing this in Brisbane. It is the fruit of YEARS of work, tears and unadulterated joy. In fact, it’s the primary reason for not going for baby number four. Namely cos this IS my baby number four! Tix aren’t released for sale until 18th August. Don’t worry, I’ll remind ya. 😉 Stoked! #musical #Improv #brisbane #characters #soloshow #brisbanepowerhouse #comedy
Above: The Hollywood sign as viewed from the Second City headquarters. Comedic tears ensued. Well, it’s done. WOW. The highlights, in no particular order: 1. Working with musical improv genius, Michael Pollock (pictured above). The two of us spent many, many hours one-on-one, making up so many improv songs that both of our minds began to fry AND I kid you not, I continue to be making up songs involuntarily in my brain before I even realise I am doing it. Does that even make s
Above: I got invited to attend a red-carpet premiere of a new film which my very talented friend Natasha Perez wrote a song for! This trip is made possible thanks to the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, a wonderful organisation which supports early career artists to pursue professional development opportunities, usually overseas. During my time here I shall be posting about some of my learnings in my private sessions with Gary Austin and Michael Pollock respectively. Above: My impr
This trip is made possible thanks to the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, a wonderful organisation which supports early career artists to pursue professional development opportunities, usually overseas. During my time here I shall be posting about some of my learnings in my private sessions with Gary Austin and Michael Pollock respectively. Already this trip has surpassed my expectations. The latest twist, discovered in my first session of private training with Gary Austin, is the
1. I sat next to a very large American woman and her very petite Aussie husband on the plane. Both were very friendly, lovely even, to the point where the woman would not stop talking to me. Not stop. Even when I did my best “I’m watching my movie here and I’m really, really into it!” look. She was immune. Clearly I need to do some work on this much-neglected superpower. 2. I arrived to squeals of delight from my wonderful host Natasha (whom I met at last year’s Improv Maste
How long are you going for?
2 weeks! What exactly will you be doing while you’re there?
I’m gonna be doing a tailor-made residency focusing on solo-improv, made up of a series of private coaching sessions in the day-times, checking out improv stuff at night! Who will you be doing it with?
Two of my FAVOURITE people on Planet Earth. The first is Gary Austin. He founded The Groundlings (where the likes of Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow and many many more have come out of. Helen H
1. Toddler wrangling. The more I do it, the more I realise that their cuteness is really just a self-defence mechanism. 2. Rehearsing my show. Only eight days to go til I jet off to Adelaide for the Cabaret Fringe Festival, possibly my once in a lifetime opportunity to say that I performed at the same festival as Olivia Newton-John. I may just die happy. 3. Taking acting classes at La Boite! This is something I’ve long desired, but only just mustered the balls to do. I was wo
Onstage at Livewired, The Powerhouse Had a suitably lovely time tonight MCing at Livewired at the Powerhouse – I say ‘suitably’ because I feel a real connection with the room, given that it was where I really started getting my comedic ball rolling back when it started around 2006. Josh Thomas kicked it off, proceeded to MC it weekly and made a point of featuring the best emerging comedic talent in Brizzles, with special guests from all over. This was when it was in the Spark
So the fact we get to perform there tonight is very cool indeed. I’m a little curious (slash nervous!) about how it’s gonna run in a space that’s really designed for circus, but in some ways, having to march boldly into the unknown just seems kinda perfect given that that’s what improv is really all about. Would love to see you there – a new venue means a new reason to celebrate! And you know, with bullying, neurology appointments (for my daughter) and more, it’s been quite a
1. Wintery photos. They take me back to Canada. Le sigh. (Quebecois “le” intended). 2. Where the magic happens. 3. Living vicariously through other people’s lives on Broadway! 4. The wonderful peeps over at BrisStyle are giving away a couple of double passes to this week’s Gumball Theatre show! 5. An improv storytelling rockband? WHAAAAAAAAAATTTTTT?!!?!?!??! I think my head just fell off. 6. This entire site is just unbelievable. Just what I need -another freaking cyber-excus
My heavens life is nutty. This month alone: 1. I have scored a most fabulous gig (fab in that it is completely and utterly up my alley in a very un-sordid way) shooting some comedic style online videos with my little toddler the Cass-meister! We’re off to the big smoke in a fortnight to join forces in what will hopefully be some funny onscreen collaborating. Dig! 2. I am madly preparing for the first show of the year of my favourite creation of late (namely cos it didn’t hurt
Huzzah! So exciting – after our wonderful, gumbally launch last November, (if you haven’t seen the video you can check it out here) we’re finally back again. With BYO alcohol (and friends) and $10 tix, this really is one of the cheapest nights out in Brisbania. DETAILS: This Friday 7th January at Tribal Theatre (old Dendy) 346 George St, City “Guerilla Gumballs” up and coming talent show: 6.30pm $5 “Gumball Theatre” mainstage show: 8.00pm $10 BYO alcohol (corkage applies) BRI
Only in New York I remember years ago feeling very down about my career (which at that point was very much focused on being a screenwriter) and the lack of progress I’d made since uni. I very distinctly recall a phone conversation with my sister, in which I dramatically sighed – a move I’ve since perfected – that “I think I just need to accept that this is as good as it gets.” The very next morning I got a letter from Tropnest, saying I’d been accepted into their screenwritin
I’ve been slogging my guts out this afternoon – you know, in a very sit down and exert no energy whatsoever kinda way – to put this little thingamijig together. It ain’t perfect, but I do like it. #Improv #brisbane #video #gumballtheatre #comedy