Lisa Gatenby Comedian

102: Lisa Gatenby – Never growing up

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Lisa Gatenby is the Peter Pan of stand-up comedy. Having worked in the business of children’s toys for many years, Lisa admits she’s never grown up, and loves to add a level of silliness to her performance. In this interview with Lisa Gatenby you’ll learn how she has developed her stand-up comedy skills since graduating from the Hard Knock Knocks …

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101: Tom Siegert – Fighting for Comedy

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Comedian Tom Siegert got his comedy spark at the Gershwin Room in St Kilda. His muse was the legendary comedian Greg Fleet. Today, Tom’s an established comedian in his own right, having performed on TV and at comedy festivals around Australia, as well as hosting his own podcast, Good Banter, with fellow comedian Evan Hocking. In this School of Hard …

Comedian Katie Burch

100: Katie Burch – Avoiding the waffle and being cruel

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Comedian Katie Burch didn’t want to work at NASA or work towards world peace. She wanted to be a comedian, and a dark comedian at that. In this 100th episode of the School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, host Steve Davis chats with former National RAW Comedy Finalist Katie Burch about what it takes to be a successful comedian, her …

Comedian Ashley Fils-Aimes

099: Ashley Fils-Aime – Reinventing yourself in comedy

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Haitian-American comedian Ashley Fils-Aime had it all. International tours, sold out shows, and supporting a mega-comedian for 11 years. But he stepped away, for love. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode you’ll learn how Ashley had to reinvent himself throughout life. First, growing up with grandparents in Haiti, schooling in Florida, being homeless, being the support act …

Comedian Wayne Deakin

098: Wayne Deakin – Overcoming the wilful ignorance in comedy

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When you start out in comedy, you’re looking for stuff that is funny. When you get good, you find stuff you want to talk about, and make that funny. So says comedian Wayne Deakin. Wayne is a 20 plus year veteran of stand-up comedy, and has performed in London, New York, Las Vegas, Montreal, and all over Australia. He’s also …

Lewis Spears Comedian

097: Lewis Spears – The consummate professional behind the ‘Spears’ brand

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By dying, Prince Phillip helped sell out comedian Lewis Spears’ last week of his Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show. Morbid, yes. But also, totally on brand. And totally orchestrated. Yes, mainstream media, like the Daily Mail who called Spears a monster, was played by this true professional. In this Hard Knock Knocks podcast interview, host Steve Davis delves deep …

Charles Firth of The Chaser

096: Charles Firth – Exposing truths and undermining power structures with satire

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Six and a half million people a month consume The Chaser’s content. That’s some seriously sought-after satire! In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, host and fanboy, Steve Davis, chats with Charles Firth of The Chaser, about creating headlines and the editorial process, adopting your enemy’s voice, and how AI is developing a ‘sense’ of humour. If you …

Ian McFadyen - Australian Sketch Comedy Legend

095: Ian McFadyen – Creating an Australian sketch comedy national treasure

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In 1988 The Comedy Company changed the face of Australian sketch comedy. Kylie Mole, Uncle Arthur, Con the Fruiterer, and Colin Carpenter became part of the Australian lexicon. So too their creators – Mary-Anne Faye, Glenn Robbins, Mark Mitchell and Kym Gyngell, as well as Russell Gilbert, Tim Smith and, the group’s founder, Ian McFadyen. You know them as comedy …

094: Simon Kennedy – Crossing the line and the Art of Happiness

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In comedy timing is everything. But when you’re a radio host, you manage time like a fine art. So says Sydney based comedian Simon Kennedy, a former radio host and 20 year veteran of stand-up comedy. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, host Steve Davis talks to comedian Simon Kennedy about MCing comedy, ‘cancel culture’, the green-room …