For the past six months I have been co-presenting a comedy-related radio show and podcast with the gorgeous and hilarious stand-up comic Tammy Tantschev. The show is called Radio Ha Ha. The website is now up; start devouring transcripts and downloads.
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- and a third reason — having discovered the html for lists, I can’t help but construct them at every opportunity!
I’ve finally relaxed into the Good Life segment; I know this because on Saturday I was totally relaxed about it — but utterly nervous about providing a ‘comedy in clubs’ guide for Peter Graham’s Club Show after Murray Wilton’s Good Life shift had ended.
I suppose I’d better list what I played:
- An acoustic version of ‘Imagine’, by John Lennon and a bunch of long-hairs, from the forthcoming Imagine: John Lennon double disc set coming out in March. You can read my review of it in the forthcoming issue of FilmInk.
- A live version of ‘Loves Me Like A Rock’ by Paul Simon and the Jessy Dixon singers, from
the Dick Cavett Show Rock Icons triple DVD set, available through Shock from early March. Again, I review it in the next issue of FilmInk. I also lifted a bit of an excellent Mick Jagger interview from this package; Dick Cavett is my new hero; I’d love to host a hip, intelligent chat show like that some day.
- ‘I Walk the Line’, by Johnny Cash from the At Folsom Prison/At San Quentin - 2 Classic
Prison Concerts box set. I would have picked ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ to play, so I could talk about comedian Rich Hall’s excellent Otis Lee Crenshaw character, whose take on that song’s opening lyrics — “I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die” — is, “man, you’d have to be pretty bored, even in Reno, Nevada, to shoot a man just to watch him die…”. Or words to that effect, ladies and gentlemen, as Sir Leslie Colin Patterson would say. Murray chose ‘I Walk The Line’, I think, because it is the title of the current Cash biopic.
- Finally, Murray ended with John Farnham’s ‘Don't You Know It's Magic’ from the excellent For Pete's Sake compilation, that gathers together a heap of legendary Aussie songs with which Peter Dawkins had some hand in recording and releasing. Dawkins was a legendary artiste and repertoire man in the Australian music industry, and of late has suffered from Parkinson’s disease; the album is a fundraiser for Parkinson’s research.
- Somewhere along the line, I plugged the new Arctic Monkeys album, which I love a lot.
All of this stuff either is, will be or should be available from Mall Music, the shop that sponsors my segment on Murray Wilton’s Good Life shift, and in an ideal world I’d have fixed it so that you could click on each item and be transported to the Mall Music website, ready to enter your credit card details and purchase each item (with a percentage going to me, of course). But that technology is still a bit beyond me, unfortunately.
Last year I was approached by Geoff Bonouvrie, proprietor of Mall Music (and hence, for many years of my youth, my employer) after he'd heard me be James O'Loghlin's occasional music nerd on 702. He wanted me to deputise for him as a reviewer on the weekend edition of Murray Wilton's The Good Life on 2GB. He was even willing to pay me - which is a lot less common than you'd imagine in this game ('nuff said)!
This year I was offered the gig again, and today was my first go doing it live (last year I pre-recorded them all because I was busy on Saturdays).
Have a bit of a listen.