December 2021 eNooze

This is not a drill. It’s December. I repeat. It’s December.
Quick recap of 2021
– Had some gigs in Jan and things were weird – limited capacity, masks and QR codes but people sharing mics. Life was strange
– On 13th Feb we had a snap lockdown until 17th Feb
– Melbourne (not so international) comedy festival managed to go ahead in Mar-April and Nicky Barry and I performed Motherfu(t, with Justine Sless as our trusty tech and Darren Markey as the fabulous pool boy
– On the 28th May we had another lockdown that ended on 10th June
28th June-3rd July, Unbridled hit the stage. The fourth attempt! We had rave reviews and with an audience to die for! Here’s a little promo video I made. (We will be reprising Unbridled in 2022)
16th July we went back into lockdown. It felt like the whole thing had been a dream.
3rd October Melbourne became the most locked down city in the world. Go us!
22nd October, things started to open up. Melbourne had endured/ survived 260 days of lockdown.Now – not quite two months on, we’re all still finding our feet. I hesitated to put on any shows (and Disgraceful was put very much on hold until 2022).
– I did however get to re-launch Queer Comedy IRL on 24th November and it was truly magical. I am so proud and madly in love with our QC community.
Live From St Kilda with Ben Murphy on my Vimeo
In case you didn’t see it, here’s my segment from Live From St Kilda, which I was lucky enough to be able to shoot during lockdown, with lots of restrictions.
It’s such a great production and I look forward to next season. The cast and crew were amazing.
Photo credit: David Fowles

Now we head toward the end of the year, with a new Covid-19 variant and uncertainty ever looming. I have booked a trip back to the UK to see my family there but it’s hard to get fully excited when I am aware that it could all get covid cancelled.

Upcoming gigs
So, once again, clinging tightly to my tentative optimism, here’s some of what’s happening for me in the coming weeks:
– 15th December Guerilla Comedy, Hawthorn
– 23rd Dec – Hares & Hyenas 30 year celebration and the launch of Harehole Melbourne
– 23rd Jan- 13th Feb is Midsumma festival, so watch this space but so far I know I have…26th Jan – Queer Comedy Invasion day for Comedy at George‘s
– 30th Jan – Lemon Comedy for Midsumma I am beyond excited to be performing at Comedy Republic with this incredible line up
– Jaxson and I are also planning a Keep the Change in the new year
And of course… I need to get Disgraceful into the world!
Over and out!
Feel free to follow me on the socials, especially my Facebook page, which I am going to try to be more active on and build a following, so that when Disgraceful is rescheduled I can promote it from there!

Thank you.
Love you.

Nov 2021 eNooze

We’re out of lockdown!
YAY! Melbourne is out of lockdown. There are still some restrictions but in the last few days we have been allowed to travel to regional Victoria. Venues are opening up for live performance and it’s all very exciting. I ventured out to a comedy gig, on the first evening we could.
Here is a photo by Michael Reynolds, of me and my darling friend, Nicky Barry screaming with excitement into the microphone after the gig finished. It was a lot. We feel it perfectly captures the mood in Melbourne that night!

I’m now trying to manage my energy levels, as I tend to try to do ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME, which is not very good for me!

I was on the telly!Live from St Kilda with Ben Murphy
Live from St Kilda with Ben Murphy is a weekly Television program filmed from The Alex Theatre in St Kilda and is hosted by internationally acclaimed comedy magician and illusionist Ben Murphy. Ben is also a regarded actor, radio host, writer, as well as the creator of this program.
I was thrilled to be invited to perform on episode 4. You can watch the full episode here (I’m on at about 23mins). It’s a PG show, so unlike most of my comedy you can actually watch it with your kids!
I’m not sure if the jokes translate too well outside of Australia but I hope so.

Upcoming gigs

Dirty Secrets Comedy 11th Nov
I’ll be popping along to Dirty Secrets at Caz Raitops in Collingwood to try some new material.

Laughs at Lantern 14th Nov
I’m heading to 108 Smith St, Collingwood to be part of a line up at this great new comedy room.

Queer comedy 24th Nov
That’s right. QC is back IRL baybee! This month I have invited my dear friend Jaxson Garni, to be my guest MC. I’ll be there to do a spot and enjoy the night.

Here’s a photo of me and Jaxson looking pretty from our Keep The Change poster!

Screen TalesThis is actually in December but I thought I should let you know about it asap, so you can book your tickets for this entertaining, interactive hands on workshop examining the art and craft of storytelling for screen.Join me and screen writer Darren Markey (The Unlit, Magpie, Click) for this weekend intensive workshop to discover your stories within.

SCREEN TALES is ideal for aspiring storytellers and/or screenwriters – and most importantly – anyone who LOVES FILM.Only 12 spots available, so book yours here
Thank you. Love you. Bye.

October 2021 eNoooze

Ok. So firstly – yes – we won! Melbourne is now the most locked down city in the world (at least in the Covid category).

So I write to you, still locked down, still working, playing, living and doing absolutely everything, on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin nation. It’s a privilege to be here and one that I don’t take lightly.

I also know that I am very lucky to have a garden, great walks (along Merri Creek) on my doorstep and a mostly harmonious home. Lockdown isn’t terrible. I’ve just had ENOUGH of it. Thank you.

Exciting News!

Having been a long time supporter, customer and audience member of the Hares and Hyenas bookshop and Harehole performance space, I am thrilled to announce I am now part of the Harehole team.

I am working to produce a series of online events, as well as hosting and supporting some other streamed events, to get us all through lockdown. There is of course the added bonus that, by doing online shows, some of you in other cities, states and countries might be able to join in the fun!This Saturday 9th October 2021Down the Harehole, Online Variety with Lucy BestBook hereWith guest performers, the hilarious cabaret performer Luke Belle and Cabaret Royalty (in a non-monarchic way), producer, writer, performer and superstar Maude Davey, an audience dance-off, news from Hares & Hyenas, and a chance to hear how local performing artists have been surviving and creating in lockdown.  I do hope you can join us.Book here

Fresh(ish) Off the Boat;
Stuck, Foreign and Not Married During a Pandemic.

Whilst I am all those things this show is not about me. I’m popping on to do a spot for the brilliant and hilarious He Huang’s Fringe Show.

This 40-minute virtual comedy show consists of topical jokes and up-to-date shenanigans featuring He Huang and her guest comedians. Every night is different and in English.
Book via Melbourne International Fringe Festival

b’bye for now

Sometimes some of you reply to my eNews and I want you to know that I REALLY appreciate it. I really appreciate that you read it and I am not just shouting into the void!

 Love you.