Happy Winter, everyone!
Yes, it’s winter. And holy shit is this year flying or what? Did you know that Christmas is tomorrow? Like, actually tomorrow! … Or the next day, BUT IT’S SOON!
In the spirit of time flying, I also realised that the Comedy Festival finished quite a while ago and I’m yet to thank a few very important people who really made this year come together. So here goes:
The Audiences; who for another year supported me. I’m eternally grateful.
Harley Breen, my Director. “Put the script down, Tegan!”. He was very right.
Adams Management, who produced me this year. You guys were smashing!
Nato and Al, my housemates who put up with mental absence for a month.
K is a letter nothing starts with.
Susan Provan and everyone else who works for the festival. You guys bust your balls and I appreciate it!
Hammo… an endless source of support and advice.
Everyone who saw my ramshackle trial shows and offered feedback.
Angela, Tom, Jacinta, Julie and all the other wonderful staff at The Portland.
Paul Verhoeven, for the post-show drinks and the pre-show pep talks.
Some other person I forgot….
I’d also like to offer a particularly special thank you to Max and Ivan for allowing me to be a part of their monumental show, “The Wrestling”. Not only was it one of the most enjoyable performance experiences of my life, but it meant I got to meet and work with all the amazing people from Melbourne City Wrestling, fight choreographer Dan Head, wrestler Rishi Ghosh and of course, Sam Simmons; who was one of the highlights of my entire festival.
(Sam Simmons “Suplexing” me. Photo by Jim Lee)
Stuff on Camera:
Some of you may have had a chance in this past year to watch the hilarious online series “Written it Down” created by Matt Saraceni and Dave Zwolenski. Well, thanks to iView’s ‘Fresh Blood” initiative, the boys were able to make a third series featuring Luke and Wyatt, Liam Ryan, Gillian Cosgriff, Michelle Nussey, Paul Verhoeven and heaps more. You can read more about it in the Sydney Morning Herald here.
Aunty Donna and Fancy Boy will also have their work screened by Fresh Blood, so make sure you keep an eye on iView and twitter for updates.
In other film news…”Flash”, the short horror film I worked on last year with the team from LateNite films (latenitefilms.com), just screened at Cannes Film Festival! I can’t confirm whether or not Nicole Kidman saw it, but I can’t see why she wouldn’t have, right? And “Dinner For Three”, directed by Joel Kohn and produced by Tom Davies, finally screened on ABC2 as well as showing at The St Kilda Film Festival this week!
Shot from the making of “Dinner for Three”
Fringe on Tour:
For the past year or so I’ve had the pleasure of travelling my show “Million Dollar Tegan” around with Emily Taylor from “Cannonball” and our tour manager Nathalie Devilliers as part of “Fringe On Tour”; an initiative that takes shows from Melbourne Fringe out to rural parts of Victoria. Two weeks ago I performed ‘Million Dollar Tegan” for what will most likely be the very last time in The City of Kingston and despite being very sad to put the show to bed, I was incredibly grateful to have the support of The Fringe for such a long and rewarding season.
Tasmania and AdelaideComedy.com:
I’d like to say a big special thanks to the hilarious Tracey Cosgrove, Steward Bell and the ever-supportive Craig Egan for inviting me to travel interstate and perform at their venues. I’ve had such a good time over the past month meeting new comics and audiences. If you do live in Tassie or SA and haven’t yet visited The Waratah Hotel in Hobart, Fresh in Launceston or one of Craig’s many Adelaidecomedy.com rooms, you’re missing out! Michael Workman will be hitting Tassie soon and Adelaide has Akmal and Claire Hooper to look forward to in the coming weeks.
And finally, some links to other work:
"Jimmy Moves House"- A new children’s series illustrated by Paul Verhoeven and written by myself.
"The Bump, just like chocolate but easier to ban"- My latest piece for Sunday Age Sports.
My Instagram account…because I didn’t think I was addicted to my iPhone enough.