The comedian and musician on David Tennant as a camp demon, kayaker in the Kangaroo Valley and why the world is getting better

Writer, comedian and musician Tim Minchin was born in Northampton in 1975 and grew up in Perth, Australia. He was best known for stand-up shows at the festivals in Melbourne and Edinburgh in 2005, but his work, the stories Turning Matilda into stage musicals in 2010 and Groundhog Day in 2016 earned him international acclaim.This year he released his debut album Apart Together.His 2019 TV show Upright is now available on DVD and digital

I’m really bad at watching TV, but I’m a lifelong fan of Terry Pratchett and I vividly remember reading this book that he wrote with Neil Gaiman as someone who spent a lot of time working I also really wanted to see how [the production team] handled it I think they really caught it. There’s something so British about your Armageddon. It’s kind of a camp, especially David Tennant’s Mick Jaggery demon

My family moved to Sydney a few years ago and we’ve been vacationing a two hour drive from our house ever since we’ve been to the Blue Mountains, the northern beaches, but for the past six months we’ve had the south coast and the Kangaroo Valley in particular discovered it has a weird microclimate so it’s like a rainforest – and the birds, man, the birds! They never shut up, they’re relentless little bastards We kayaked the Kangaroo River and walked through the bush beautiful

I don’t listen to modern music other than what my kids play I find it stressful because it’s all related to my professional life American singer-songwriter Father John Misty is the exception. He is six years younger than me but sings with her Double Maturity When I wanted to record an album, I really had to think about who I am and what I was going to say because I’m used to thinking like a five year old genius or ending up with a comedy punch line. He’s a songwriter who Using words as tools to create beautiful lyrics I’ve heard I Love You, Honeybear as many times as I’ve been writing my own album

I’m trying to read about the planet and humanity This book is kind of bullshit I mean, if you want something with a thorough dataset that includes the author’s conclusions, you’re barking the wrong book, but I really believe that These positive stories are worth reading.We left liberals are so ready to say the world is a disaster, piling on anyone who thinks differently – like Dutch historian Rutger Bregman But Man is a collaborative species and the world is getting better books like humanity are flawed but an important part of the conversation

This was shown at the Byron Bay Film Festival in October: It is a 30th anniversary documentary of the Bangarra Dance Theater Company Bangarra – a Wiradjuri word for “make fire” – is an iconic Australian institution, an indigenous dance company and the story is filled with heartbreak and grief. It was really hard to tell the story respectfully, but as a documentary, it’s so good

I bought this because I liked Patchett’s book Bel Canto so much 15 years ago. She writes what you think: “Oh, this is going to be thoughtful, literary, a meditation on the human condition “But then it’s just a crisp story. Bel Canto was a robbery story, and The Dutch House is a novel about how a house becomes an avatar for the soul of this very broken Philadelphia family, the Conroys, I just think they’re so good writes I’d like to find and meet her and ask: “How do you write like that? Seriously how do you do it “


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