Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Will you miss out on a toy this year?
Never fear - here's one just for you to help celebrate the birth of tiny baby capitalism all those years ago. Big thanks to CustomPaperToys for the template. Clickety Click to make it bigger.
Have a merry Christmas and a safe new year.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Well a year went by I'd only heard whispers and wild rumours. Nobody had seen Dan in some time and we'd all but given up hope - and our lemon supplies were running low as well.... When suddenly he appeared - ragged and smelling of basement and eardust but triumphant none the less.
I guess I had to start knuckling down and churning out some ideas........
Ladies and Gentlemen - the online sensation that is "Bubblewrap"
My characters start about a week in.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Answer: Called The Continental or the After-8, the fashion was first set by early movie star Douglas Fairbanks, and further propagated by top nightclub Latin bandleaders like Xavier Cugat. Other cinema stars like John Gilbert, Gilbert Roland and Ronald Colman followed, and soon every leading man needed a pencil thin moustache to look cool. Clark Gable’s moustache even had it’s own name- Sir Sharpness.
(from Tom Sito's excellent Blog)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
"Movember" is here and I have been poked and taunted into joining in on the follicle fund-raising festivities. So be it!
In November I will be grooming and coercing the Flynn 'Tache in order to help raise money for some very worthy causes - the fight against prostate cancer and men's depression. I would be as proud as punch if you would help me by making a donation. No matter what amount - you'll be a "Viscount of the Heart" in my book.
Here's all the guff:
Go here: https://www.movember.com/au/donate/donate-details.php?rego=1411896&country=au
and donate online using your credit card or PayPal ccount,
Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation', referencing my Registration Number 1411896 and mailing it to:
PO Box 292
Prahran VIC 3181
Remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Thank you all and here's to a fine specimen come December 1st :)
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Around this time of year as the spring wind starts wafting it's sweet delivery into the eyes of hay fever sufferers everywhere, Halloween rears it's largely redundant head in Australia. Ever keen to capitalise on a holiday - Impro Melbourne is holding a three day festival of shows featuring guests from all over Australia and New Zealand. It'll be a great weekend full of wheezes.
Here's the schedule:
Friday, October 31st
7.30 – 8.15pm Impro Magnifique
A travelling French impro company have arrived in town. Luckily, Mr Gambino from Impro Melbourne speaks enough French to invite the company to perform and voila! Instant fun!
8.30 – 9.15pm All Together Now
Everybody onstage. All the time. A show where the actors act, but are also the props, staging and scenery. It’s both juicy and tasty.
9.30 – 10.30pm Fortune
Destiny unveiled Impro Melbourne style. An audience member’s future is foretold by the plucky oracles of IM. Can you handle the truth?
- Saturday, November 1st
7.30 – 8.15pm Grandpa Willard’s Bedtime Stories
Pull up your blankets kids, it’s story time. Snuggle down and listen closely.
Let Grandpa Willard tell you amazing stories and watch them come to life before your very eyes. Now, don’t get too excited. If Nanna Ethel hears that you’re still awake, we’ll all go without breakfast. Right, where is that book?
Are you ready?
What was the name of that story you love so much…?
8.30 – 9.15pm The Wishing Tree
Imagine a world where all your dreams came true…
9.30 – 10.30pm Pia Zadora
Pia Zadora was a much maligned actress from the 1980s, who churned out some terrible films before marrying a millionaire and disappearing into an awful music video with Jermaine Jackson (look it up on YouTube—hilarious). This show, however, is a fully improvised hour of story and characters—nothing like Ms Zadora really…
- Sunday, November 2nd, 7.30 – 9.30pm
7.30 – 9.30pm Theatresports
14 Acland Street, St. Kilda (Melway ref. 2P A7)
- $20 Full (includes all three shows on the night)
$15 Groups 10+
$55 Family Pack (2 adults, 2 children)
- Tickets on sale now!
Book online at Theatreworks
Or by phone: 03 9534 3388
I'll be performing in All Together Now and directing Pia Zadora - so please come along and enjoy.
Here's some video to get you in the mood:
Friday, October 17, 2008
Auditioning for Peter Moon's new comedy show "Whatever happened to that Guy? and being told "Cut...ok...that was... good.. this time let's try it a bit more human?"
My role on Hollowmen came and went. I was happy.
The Hounds were creating a new show for the Fringe Festival "The Last Bucket of Water" and asked me if I could film an intro as a homage to "Lost". I did and it was great fun working with them all. The show was hilarious and wildly popular. I wish them all the best for Adelaide.
Auditioned for "This is your Laugh" - a new show starring a whole bunch of mates from Sydney. Great idea and the talent is fantastic.
A couple of corporate gigs kept me in steady cash flow which was much welcomed. The biggest being a weekend in Adelaide working at a Repco conference. It was huge and we came out of it with free orange overalls (I'm sure they'll come in handy at some stage). A lot of the guys there recognised me from Underbelly and much phone camera action was to be had "maaaaaate"....
Speaking of which - Vince is out and so am I....
Also got to work with Ready To Roll again on a Training video which was hilarious.
Dad had another successful show at Niagara. His work keeps getting darker and darker. If I didn't know better I'd say that man was obsessed by death...
Went in for $60,000 ad campaign...............................didn't get it. I'm not bitter or anything...
My little brother turned 19. Holy fuck. I sent him "On the Road" and "Narcissus and Goldman" to read.
I helped design the program for the Eleventh Hour Theatre company's Arts Festival entry "Endgame" and I created posters and flyers for Spontaneous Broadway, Sondheim Unscripted, Theatresports, Sydney's Cranston Cup and The Danny Kaye Show (coming up at the Spiegletent)
The Melbourne Fringe Festival opened just as it's program said it would. Lots of new faces and quite a bit of new faeces. But I enjoyed what I saw. Last Bucket of Water, Beaconsfield The Musical, Truman Joseph's Nature Box, Spontaneous Broadway, Andrew McClelland's Finishing School and lots of chums in Smoker's Alley.
Auditioned for Tangle, the new Showtime series and got the part. I shot the episode on a Tuesday (drama) and then shot the Peter Moon episode on the Wednesday (comedy). It nearly did my head in. Both shoots were fantastic and the cast, crew and scripts were excellent.
I attended the premiere of The Vapour Boys at the Como Cinema, written and directed by Josh Simons - one of the most talented 17 year olds you'll ever meet. I made a short film with him last year, Subterfuge - an indicator of what was to come. It was a terrific film and the young cast of (largely) amateurs are a stand out. Fingers crossed the festival circuit pick it up and good things come to him - he deserves it.
Went to the Aquarium with the Kids, Dad & Meg. Who new jellyfish could be so mesmerising?
Played Theatresports with new team "Chaos" - an apt description if ever there was one. We'll be back onstage on the 26th Oct and then I'll be bringing back "Pia Zadora" for the Halloween Classic featuring a whole bunch of special guests which will be grand.
At this point in my brain rumblings I was awakened by firm hand shaking my shoulder, I sat up abruptly to face the impertinent interloper who roused me from my reverie... dressed in sombre blue and yellow, the ikea salesperson asked me to stop dribbling on the furniture. I hurriedly left loudly declaring never to visit this establishment again...
If only that were true... damn, I love their daims....
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Computer Fix it guys take virus off but computer still not right ($85)
Computer Fix it guys take it back again and say "it's broken"
Computer Fix it guys say "we'll back up up your data and re-install windows" ($75)
Computer Fix it guys lose all my data (all my artwork, current jobs, invoices, emails, family photos and videos)
Computer Fix it guys try to retrieve my data very, very slowly and want to charge me for it again.
short fuse burning.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
The Off the Cuff Improvisation Festival, Brisbane July 18 - 21
Organised by the good folk of Impro Mafia - this follow up to last year's fest was packed full of fun. Jason, Rama, Rik, Patti and I came up from Impro Melbourne to put on our format from Late Nite Impro - "You've Got The Part" and Patti, Rama and I teamed up with Derek Flores to revive "Mr Fish and His spooky Library of the Improv Macabre" (which we hope to take around to a few festivals). Jason, Rik, Rama and I stayed at Bunk which was a hilarious display of drunken accents, booze, lust and backpackin' shenanigans - except for our room - which resembled the galley of a small submarine.
We performed at the Powerhouse which was an amazing venue with some beautiful views and featured some of the wankiest barstaff/chef attitude I've seen in some time. Glorious.
While in Brisbane we managed to see the amazing Picasso exhibition and plenty of street entertainment including a karate demonstration, a native hip dance tutorial, Charlie Chaplain, a jazz trio, a wheezing spraypaint artist and a giant egg.
The weather was hot and so was the impro - a great way to spend Winter.
Other Highs included:
Amanda Buckley and Susie Youssef dropping in on Melbourne and we all went Wicked.
Visited The Art Deco exhibition and was inspired by the lines (and how they related to the resurgence of style in European illustration in the 80s)
Re-watching Amazon Women on the Moon - classic stuff folks.
Downloading a burning 7 years of family photos off an old computer - whoo boy - Memory lane. I'd forgotten the kids were ever that small!
Caught up with Geoff Paine and Roz Hammond while shooting a corporate vid. Best people evah.
And The Lows:
I've got a cold.
and I owe the Taxman...
If you're in Sydney - don't forget to get along to Celebrity Theatresports - this Saturday at the Enmore. I ...um... won it last year but won't be up for this one unfortunately - but heaps of great people are - so get along.
(poster design by.... me)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
This Album cover was great - but that's all it was... the cover. A quick google search and I found you can still get the complete Manhattan Tower recording. It makes for fascinating listening
Monday, July 07, 2008
This is the equivalent of saying "Hey Lliam - How about repeatedly hitting yourself in the head with a blunt object?"
I love it when musical improv works - just not with me in it... as evidenced by this little gem that turned up on YouTube...
This was surreptitiously filmed last year and posted this year (without my permission - naughty Impro Mafia) in anticipation of the up coming festival - while I think it serves no other purpose other than to undermine the history of promotion - It was nice to dredge up memories of that time.
Impro Melbourne has been invited to the Off The Cuff improv festival later this month. We'll be performing one of our Late Nite Impro formats "You've Got The Part" and Derek Flores, Patti Stiles, Rama Nicholas and I will be resurrecting "Mr Fish" one more time... very exciting indeed.
If you're in Brisbane town drop in (just, not if I'm singing...)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Here's a review of the night:
THEATRE REVIEW: The Impro Cave, Don’t Tell Tom Bar & Café (Melbourne)
by Ronald McCoy
Monday, June 23, 2008
The 2008 Impro Cave builds on the strong following built up by Impro Melbourne, one of Melbourne’s best known improvisation theatre companies through events such as Theatersports.
This season’s opening night started with a competitive playoff between improvisers, each choosing a theme that was then used to direct fellow actors through a variety of scenarios, the success of which were then voted upon by the audience.
A very “nothing ventured, nothing gained” approach rules the evening, with no scripts and free-fall acting being the norm. While never boring, there were occasional moments in the first half that didn’t quite work. However, this contrasted with the regular flashes of genius from the troupe that caught even the hardest-to-please audience members off-guard.
This was especially so in the second half of the evening, named after the legendarily and justifiably ridiculed Pia Zadora (looked it up on Wikipedia if this doesn’t mean anything to you), with a total story improvisation that started with three audience suggestions.
Watching the consistently high level of creativity in this story was a delight, with some brilliant lines that soared above the often stock-in-trade improvisation bag of tricks rolled out for such events.
The near-full house was well catered for in this very comfortable venue. Food, drink and a night of unpretentious but witty entertainment makes this charming evening out well worth a look.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Here's the show I'll be presenting out at Deakin on Wednesday 28th - I've been teaching a bunch of talented students the in's and out's of this improv malarkey and it's time to put it to the test. If you're in the general vicinity then feel free to drop in. It's free.
p.s. had a great birthday with loads of friends and lots of good times - thank you all.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
But....This year something was different.
I was exhausted. I simply couldn't handle the pace, let alone the comic demands and the imbalance of reality and fantasy ("Come to the Laugh Side Luke...") left me reeling.
That's not to say I didn't give it a red hot go...
Late Nite Impro - because I directed this season the overwhelming sense of responsibility was huge (if somewhat unwarranted - I mean, c'mon, the show is so freaking simple...). The opening weekend was great, the cast hilarious and Rebecca De Unamuno and Deborah Frances White were perfect guests. And so it went for the rest of the run. We (Impro Melbourne) are lucky that the show has been around for quite some time now and has built up a strong following in Melb - hey, we never get reviewed by the major papers but we consistently sold out our houses which (in this fest) is an amazing feat in itself.
So much blue around the lack of audience members this year, it was a hot topic of conversation for quite awhile... "did you hear - last year at this time they had sold 400, 000 tickets - this year only 160, 000.........groan..."
My heart goes out to all the poor buggers who did it tough this year and I thank my lucky stars that the Trades ended up passing on the show Rik Brown and I had proposed. It would have been a financial nightmare.
The Hi Fi was rocking the first night of Patton Oswalt's set - although severely jetlagged he held the crowd in the palm of his hand and treated us to a solid set of no-frills stand up that had me doubled up in laughter. I enjoyed the unabashed silliness of the boys in Pappy's Fun Club (god-how refreshing it was to just relax and laugh with impunity), Scratch had me shaking my head in awe at their improvised prowess and narrative logic, Comicide was in turns: laugh out loud and (happy) groan inducing (yeah baby- you know who you are), Blank the Musical knocked my socks off - with a spine-bruising finale to die for, iMPro3 Shuffle had me in stitches onstage and off, Kristen Schaal was a horse and I looked at her dance, looked at her move etc etc... House of Anomalous was back in a tighter package and deserved bigger audiences..... and a whole lot more.....
And...who could forget standing in a laneway at 4am in the morning with Amanda, Susie, Arlen Konopaki, Kevin Gillese and Al Pitcher discussing the latest Mickey D misadventure, while two munted guys took a leak up against the opposite wall...
But the one stand-out-I'm-not-going-to-forget-this-in-a-hurry memory was when Rik broke his wrist during Celebrity Theatresports. I'll say this for him - when he does a pratfall - he COMMITS.
It was wonderful to see so many friends again. I'm suffering from Post-Fest syndrome (feeling grey, wandering around the city streets at 3am looking for a venue and scratching at the door of the Trades Hall) and deeply envious of the guys in Sydney who are keeping the flag flying at the Cracker fest....
I need a comedy hit - and I need it now...
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
- The NSW National Theatresports Championships
If you scour back through the blogemporium to March last year you'll find an entry about how the mighty Theatresports team 'El Diablo' came, saw, laughed and conquered. This year we were fortunate enough to be asked back to defend the title. Jason Geary, Rik Brown, Rama Nicholas and myself packed our bags and flew up to Sydney. Before hitting the Enmore stage we stopped off at the Roxbury to watch Axis of Awesome strut their stuff and admire the dogged determination of the drug dog squad who raided the place. Inspector Rex goes abroad?
The Nationals were great and all teams had a moment in the spotlight. We had won the belt the last two years in a row and so it was with no regrets that we gladly handed it over to the NSW team "Wizard's Finger" who pipped us by one point. It was worth losing just to hear the roar that went through the crowd. Excellent stuff.
Made merry all through the night and then mooched my way around Watson's Bay the next day with the lovely Amanda. A glutton for punishment - I played that night in the all-new 4 coaster branded show - iMPro3 Shuffle. A great format and loads of fun to play.
- My Dad
Turned 60 - had a great dinner at Tolarnos
Had a Book Launch at Readings
Has a retrospective at Heide
He's having a good year I suspect...
- and of course... The 22nd Melbourne International Comedy Festival has begun.
This year I was asked to direct Impro Melbourne's flagship comedy show 'Late Nite Impro' (by directing - I mean casting and organising) and we launched last weekend to a sold out audience and a night of wonderful improvisation and comedy with our special guests Rebecca De Unamuno and Deborah Frances White. The format is new (it always is) and was invented by Jason Geary - "How About This?" - Directors pitch concepts for scenes and the performers choose what flies and what falls. Deceptively simple but hilarious. It plays every Friday and Saturday night at the Cloak Room at the Town Hall. Go here, here and here for more info.
I'm playing Friday March 28, Friday April 4 and Friday April 11.
I'll also be playing in Celebrity Theatresports on Saturday the 5th at the National Theatre - always a fun night and this year we've got some spectacular performers.
Note - although Julia Zemiro appears on the Flyer she will not be able to perform due to her MTC commitments unfortunately - but go and see her show another night!
Another show I'll be slutting myself out to is the Melbourne run of iMPro3 Shuffle which is on at the Kaleide Theatre. I'm playing on Sunday 6th and Tuesday 8th April. I'm hoping to squeeze in some time with the Scrabble Unscripted guys as well...(I'm such an impro whore...)
I got my name in lights with notcelebrity.co.uk
Shows to see:
Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death.
Fran & Roxanne - Room for Rent
The House of Anomalous
Take The L out of Lover
Deborah Frances-White's "How to get almost anyone to want to sleep with you"
Axis of Awesome
Alien Sex Party
A Record or an OBE
Every Film Ever Made
Comicide: Death by Funny
Andrew McLelland's Guide to being a Modern Gentleman
So You Drink? You Can Dance!
Comic Book Funny
Have a great festival everyone - and if you see me with a stupid grin on my face, dancing at the Trades Hall or drinking at the Hi Fi or Flyering on the street - come up and say hi. Most likely - you'll get a hug.
p.s. keep an ear out for the term "Comedy Slapdown"
Friday, March 07, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Dad painted my portrait over a couple of months in '06 - it was the most time we had spent together alone talking, joking and laughing in some time. Unfortunately my relationship to my partner was unravelling at the same time - and it was during a sitting that I told Dad what was happening. I find it very hard to look at that picture now. I'm hoping it will have a "Dorian Gray" effect - the picture will get older, uglier, more bitter, twisted and gnarled with resentment while I remain happy, carefree, a louche layabout... but so far I've been framed, accidentally covered in varnish and hung on a wall in a ladder mishap... not sure it's working properly...
Rest of the article here
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
"A Supreme Court judge has banned Channel Nine from broadcasting the gangland TV series Underbelly - which was due to premiere tomorrow - in Victoria or on the internet."
so anyway who wants to look at some drawings instead?
I've posted a whole bunch of chicken scratchings and doodles that I've collected over the years onto my flickr site - enjoy...
Monday, February 11, 2008
"The Workmans' family lawyer, Stan Waites, said episode one, The Black Prince, was way off track to portray Greg Workman "as a cowardly and subservient fat slob"."
I played a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I didn't see his actions as cowardly - he just wanted to get out alive. At the end of the day it's up to casting to select who they want for the role and the actor to play the part as briefed and according to their own approach to acting. It's acting. It will never be real.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
"In the riveting opening scenes of Underbelly, Screentime's dramatisation of Melbourne's gangland war, the so-called "black prince of Lygon Street", Alphonse Gangitano (Vince Colosimo), violently kills Greg Workman (Lliam Amor) to settle a bad debt." - from an article in the SMH by Michael Idato
Shooting this episode was intense. To be part of something so well crafted - from the sharp, black script to the level of focus of all involved was an incredibly satisfying experience. The fight scene in particular was gruelling and getting shot was an...errr an interesting moment to say the least. The show airs on Channel 9 on Wednesday 13th February at 8.30pm. You can see a glimpse of it earlier online at the website: