So I just got some bad medical news and I have some intense stuff to go through before I know the full damage or what to expect. But not much is going to change, I’m just going to be less available for others for a while. Study goes on, comedy goes on. There will be interruptions and some difficult stuff. But I need to focus on my own care, more than ever and I have been trying to build a support team.
Yesterday I reached out in a number of ways for help to select people and it was nearly…
Being back on stage for Midsumma Festival was awesome — particularly as I faced one of my biggest, life long fears by doing so. That fear was of playing piano and singing in front of a crowd. I also got to share a green room with some awesome people for Pride of Our Footscray Community Bar ‘s comedy event “You Can’t Say That in Front of Your Father”.
I battle imposter syndrome and gut wrenching anxiety every time I get on stage and the thought of singing on stage was mortifying prior to 2019. …
Millionaires for Morrison is an Australian grassroots political activist comedy group based upon the US open source project Billionaires for Bush as a contemporary Australian equivalent — Millionaires for Morrison, which to date has four confirmed “Millionaires”, a website in development and a Victorian chapter with hopes to grow it beyond Victoria to chapters all over Australia.
To date the Millionaires consist (some have only fledgling social media profiles):
I was married once, for 12 long years. It’s a chapter in my life I talk about privately, mostly. And my marriage, at one point ended up in That’s Life magazine (that’s another post all of it’s own) and it wasn’t a pretty story.
I have just spent since September 12 unsuccessfully trying to find a wedding photo of that fateful day in 1992. I guess that says something in itself!
When the 22 year old me cried during my wedding vows, people gushed emotive phrases over the tears of “joy”. It was sweet. It was touching.
What now makes…
There are questions about what we would all like to see change post COVID-19. I’d like to see a conscious change in the language and scope of our feelings about work.
“Remember, it’s just a job”
“Live to work, not work to live”
Common idealistic expressions in the language of work. I would call them platitudes. But for some people, COVID-19 will be shedding new light on those turns of phrase.
For those that have lost secure work, maybe it was just a job in the past, but now it’s absence shows it is so much more. …
As an autistic comedian I am often met with people talking about how I am not supposed to understand jokes.
I thought I would take a moment to unpack that, because that’s a really unfair application of a stereotype.
I grew up watching sneaky reruns of Monty Python’s Flying Circus with my Dad as a tween. I look back at this now, and yes, some of their material hasn’t aged well. It’s important to remember it was written by straight white men with largely good intentions. …
When the comedy variety showcase “ Tickets on Myself” was produced for Melbourne Fringe 2019 — a central idea of the show was intersectional curation.
If you are not sure about what I mean by intersectional, read on. I hope the context of this post will help you more than a definition will.
Tickets on myself was fledgling and I, as a producer, was learning as I went along. I still am learning. I have a background in anthropology, a discipline burdened by the sins of it’s white colonial past and trying to take responsibility for it’s hand in oppression…
I’m writing to you in the hope that putting these thoughts on paper might change something between you and I.
Just a couple of things. I’m speaking only for me, as an autistic person, but I’m sure other people might have something to say as well. They might like to write to you and state their case too.
I’ve carried you around for a very long time.
I carried you without knowing you were there for most of my life.
I thought I discarded you. Only to find a great number of the rest of the world still wielded you…
Recently I got told I had stopped doing “activism”. People in my life felt disappointed and that I had “sold out” from my days of more protest based activism.
Something my work in community arts has taught me, is that the arts are activist without necessarily appearing to be activist.
And I’ve copped my fair share of abuse in my life for militancy, often in person, and often physical. I’ve faced off with neo-Nazi’s and been a whistleblower for over 25 years.
I was familiar with anger and rage and my activism reflected that, but it didn’t make me happy…
I grew up in a household in genuine medical crisis, surrounded by trauma, limiting play. Learning to play again as an adult saved my life.
Across the world, we are now facing is a kind of collective trauma environment that most of us haven’t experienced in our living memories.
My memories are of how hard it is for a four year old to play in a hospital corridor. It’s hard to play around people in constant fear for their life or for the lives of their loved ones. …
Gin and Titters, disability/queer focussed comedy production was started by anthropologist and sometimes comedian Jacci Pillar in 2016.