News from inside the Bubble. Spring 2015.
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'. Here tis.
Cliff Hanger in Solitary Man
Cliff Hanger is back! Not since his first big show in 2002 has Cliff been so excited about something. But that show, Cliff Hanger In Catch A Falling Star, hurt Cliff so badly - he lost his wife Cherise to accompanist/nemesis Eddie - that it's taken awhile for Cliff to get back up on stage, and back on top... but he's a trouper. On advice from his therapist, he's giving it a crack, interrupting his mini-tour of Men's Sheds and his mentoring stint at Malsmbury Youth Detention Centre to treat the good citizens of Kyneton and environs to a one night stand they'll never forget: Cliff Hanger in Solitary Man.
There'll be some classic tracks from Cliff's back catalogue performed to a tee by the man himself, including the wonderful Love On The Rocks and of course Solitary Man, by Neil Diamond ("you've gotta have heroes... Neil's one of mine...") as well as some surprisingly recent songs given the distinctive Cliff vocal patina. A show not to be missed (says me...).
Cliff debuted Solitary Man to a packed house in early September and hopes to do the show again soon, both at Major Tom's and at another venue (as they used to say) NEAR YOU!
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.