News from inside the Bubble. Autumn 2016.
Prince... and Mel Toupe...
Sad to hear of the passing of Prince. Everyone, it seems has their own little connection to The Purple One, and here's mine. I ripped off his album cover art (and album title, in a way) for my Mel Toupe solo show of the mid-90s called Lervsexy. Here's the image.
As Mel, I also performed Prince's Cream in the show, which was a silly old romp set in Mel's bedroom, believe it or not. Prince was the sexiest musician around, and my character thought he was the local equivalent. In truth he just had a crush on Noeline from Sylvania Waters. Ah, heady days!
Well, vale Prince...
Cliff Hanger in Solitary Man, March 2016
Cliff Hanger was back! After debut-ing SOLITARY MAN to a sell-out crowd at the intimate Major Tom's in Kyneton in September 2015, Cliff was back by UNPOPULAR DEMAND on March 12 this year. As the press release (such that it is) said:
Australian entertainment's favourite drunk uncle, Cliff Hanger, has blundered through an ever-declining career since leaving the army suffering undiagnosed, self-medicated PTSD, his star dimming as the decades pass.
In Solitary Man, Cliff reflects on the battleground of his broken relationships. He knows his 'artistic temperament' means he's not the easiest person to live with but that won't stop this big-hearted fan of Neil Diamond from risking his heart yet again. Solitary Man sees Cliff lyrical on the challenges of intimacy (Love On The Rocks), the fear of rejection (Love Is A Battlefield) and septuagenarian sex with 'exotic foreign chicks' (Dr Hook's Love You A Little Bit More).
The show went down a treat and hopefully selections will appear on my youtube channel as soon as I'm organised enough to get the footage up there...
Malcolm Turnbull's ascendancy
I have a long tradition of impersonating Australian PMs. I've been lucky enough to perform on TV as every Australian Prime Minister (or as Mr Abbott used to say 'Pry Minister') since John Howard (see Comedy Inc, Double Take, Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth and Wednesday Night Fever) and with the ascendancy of Malcolm Turnbull to the Pry Ministership just recently I couldn't resist adding a small clip to my youtube channel in honour. It's my way of saying 'welcome to the gang'.
It seems to be that Malcolm, once so beloved, has turned into the 'do nothing PM'. Everything may be 'on the table' but what's it doing there?
The Taranto Show
I once knew a guy by the name of Dave Taranto. He was a true lover of comedy and he was essential to the development and success of the comedy scene in Melbourne during the 80s and 90s through his Cheese Shop radio show and by hosting his highly-regarded stand-up room.
Dave died in December 1999 but he lives on in the memory of so many successful performers who owe their start in the industry to him and the environment he nurtured.
I've always maintained a tribute to Dave on my site called The Taranto Show, featuring footage from the Cheese Shop Live Xmas Shows 1992-1998 and now I can proudly say I have uploaded every little bit of Dave Taranto footage I have from those shows, as well as some footage of Dave during an extravaganza of comedic performance called 'Cheese Shop 'Til You Drop' - a one-off mini comedy festival created to pay tribute to a man who had been such a source of encouragement and support to so many.
So, go to The Taranto Show and glimpse a bit of Melbourne comedy history. And send me a message about it.
It's all about me, people...
This site's about me... I'm a performer and a writer. Here you'll find some information about who I am and what I do. It's part brag-book, part archive, part blog.
There's a bit of information about TV and live shows I've done and links to videos on my youtube channel. As I say, rip in.
For professional contact, please email Kylie Nanfro at Helen Pandos Management.