Spoken word is an opportunity to have a discussion of ideas. After raising our family we moved to the bush. The child was given over for adoption. Just look at the first and second world war. Right after this interview, he retreated to his country estate to fix up a problem with a water tank. In my humble opinion, there is no theory which has more ramifications for mankind than the theory of evolution. I feel like your performances are powered by a conscious selection of intonation and words. There are no upcoming events at this time. Chris Mann was a friend of mine, and he was in the scene with Pio and the likes. At a guess, Fast Forward was made in the 80s and early 90s (?-1989-1993-? I thought the next step must be much bigger and I had no idea what it would be. Cast. I think there are new ways to do things and I’d like to explore that. There is so much to be disappointed about, yet I’m aware it has never been a better time to be a human being. So I write to think about these things, and I write to try and appeal to our basic decency and wisdom. Alan Pentland (1990–1992, recurring previously) Gina Riley (1990–1992) Brendan Luno (1991, recurring previously) Gerry Connolly (1991, recurring previously) Glenn Robbins (1991–1992) Guest stars included: Alan Pentland (1989) Bryan Dawe (1989) Brendan Luno (1989, 1990, 1992) Alan Fletcher (1990) Gerry Connolly (1990, 1992) Cast. But she keeps getting waylaid by strong opinions, her personal cultural context and a genuine fondness for the music of Cold Chisel.The fact she can’t resist the occasional slam just keeps things interesting. Fast Forward Take One: Fast Forward Take One ... Stephen Blackburn Composed By, Performer, Written-By. But stand up requires a cast iron soul, so I took a job in television soon after. For someone who’s done a lot of poetry, I don’t find the act of reading poetry on the page to be to be a fruitful experience. Alan is incredibly talented and passionate in his creative abilities. But it seemed intimidating to me compared to comedy, so the poetry went into abeyance. All sorts of people would contribute, people you wouldn’t imagine writing poetry. Related To Ruby Pentland, Troy Pentland, Donna Pentland. Hit TV comedy shows such as Australia You’re Standing In It (1983-84) were performed and written by comedians Rod Quantock, Mary Kenneally (BA(Hons), LLB 1972, St Mary’s College), Steve Blackburn and Alan Pentland (BArch 1978), all from the School of Architecture’s famous Archi Revue. My involvement has evolved from there. It was something I also really enjoyed. It’s exciting when a performer takes an audience down a path, then suddenly changes direction. Alan qualified as an architect and became a comedian. Person. It took me a long time to connect what was coming out of my mouth with what I was hearing in my head, but I’ve gotten better as I’ve gone along. I was surprised to have walked away with the prize, there were so many amazing performances! You had to make it interesting. We follow Daniel on a night of picking up an illegal fare, and contemplating life, love and human decency. From 1850 to the 1890s, comedy was the basis of the most popular entertainment of the time - pantomime, burlesque, vaudeville, musical comedy and circus. Many skits are still done in other shows that the performers from this show have gone on to do. Much as I appreciate the support mechanisms, I want to reach the people who don’t go to the poetry gigs. She's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP. In my personal experience, it’s like riding a tiger. My friend and I used to self-publish a poetry newsletter in the days when you had to “roneo” them, you had to type the poems up on a stencil then run it through a machine to make copies. It starred several former members of the ABC series The D-Generation such as Magda Szubanski, Marg Downey, Michael Veitch as well as other Melbourne-based comedians such as The Eleventh Hour's Steve Vizard and Peter Moon, and Jane Turner and Gina Riley … I start with making notes on paper, but from the very first edit, I read it out (sometimes on a dictation app) and I will rewrite it as I am reciting it. “Race Call,” the piece I did at the MSW Prize is very exciting to perform because it’s technically difficult, a rollercoaster ride for both me and the audience, or a juggling act. The elegant Alan Pentland meets me at the Melbourne Bar, “Workshop”, to talk about the MSW poetry prize, comedy and the meaning of spoken word. You can find out more about Waffle Irongirl at www.waffleirongirl.com, on Nice To Know We Are Alive: Interview with Alan Pentland, Tenda McFly / A list of things I want to talk about. Born in Dorset, family favourite Alan Carr moved to Northamptonshire at a young age and grew up here. I developed great respect for brevity. When I finally retired, I realised that in the intervening years, I was always a writer: comedy writer, technical writer, film, communications expert, copy writing and editor. Hi Alan. We started supporting rock and roll bands, like AC/DC and Little River Band before they got big. Alan Pentland. Directed by Leigh Sheehan. William E Pentland. There are no upcoming events at this time. You don’t write in words, you write in syllables. I’ve been part of the poetry scene for about two years. The festival is a great beginning, it gives the artform a stamp of approval and credibility. But I remember the feeling. They called us the ‘crappers’, as in “put some crap on while they are doing the sound check.” Sometimes we would hear them calling out, “Check One Two!” from behind the curtains while we were performing. I like listening, I really like the live event. One word can tip the entire piece, one emphasis can add a whole new level of inflection to it. Fast Forward is an Australian commercial television sketch comedy show that ran for 90 episodes from 12 April 1989 to 26 November 1992. I don’t bring a poetic or literary background – I’ve decided not to fight it but to work with it. Original Release. It doesn’t have to have a joke every ten seconds, in fact it doesn’t have to contain jokes at all, which appeals to me immensely right now. So how have you closed the gap? His work has won awards at three international film festivals. I felt terrific for about a week, then I got the feeling, “What do I do now?” This felt like a watershed moment, a huge step. Name Character Magda Szubanski Various Characters Perform a lot and all the time. William Alan Pentland, 42. You’ve had a pretty amazing career in comedy, featuring in Fast Forward and other iconic comedy shows in Australia. I’m really curious about your comedy career, how did that happen? I was working with some great people, Ernie Carroll (Ozzie ostrich) was such a great guy and mentor, Daryl was such a nice guy too. Not many people get such an opportunity. Related To Susan Pentland, Pat Pentland, Ml Pentland, Rowan Pentland. People are actually enormously interested in spoken word. A group of us started performing, we all wanted to do something that was good, that had quality, that fostered equality. Pentland Hills: Local Attraction - See 166 traveler reviews, 261 candid photos, and great deals for Edinburgh, UK, at Tripadvisor. As a result, anyone checking out the extended end credits - there are over 40 cast who get an identifying credit - will see many names that later turned up doing stage, stand up or television comedy, including but not limited to Mark Little, Evelyn Krape, Alan Pentland, Jane Clifton, Tony Rickards, and Geoff Brooks. I was aware of the poetry scene in Melbourne in the 70s. I wonder if this is what we really wanted? I would like to be part of the wisdom that leads it in the good rather than bad direction. Annie Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. Individual free speech liberty protected under party or category name for democratic creativity. Jane Hopkins (2) Performer, Written-By. Congratulations on winning the 2017 MSW Poetry Prize! Alan Pentland is known for his work on Full Frontal(1993), Bligh(1992) and Get a Life(1997). Just keep performing. Includes Address(5) Phone(1) See Results. "When were/are they on?" Alan’s father Graham Carr is an associate director for Northampton Town F.C. For more spoken word videos from performances around Melbourne, subscribe to the channel and please support us by liking and sharing the videos. Right after this interview, he retreated to his country estate to fix up a problem with a water tank. Jane Turner (2) Performer, Written-By. Your online connection to spoken word & poetry in Melbourne. Alan Pentland has had poetry published poetry at school, is a pioneer of early cabaret and comedy in Melbourne, was a writer/performer on tv comedy Fast Forward, writer of computer manuals, video maker, now writes very short stories… that sometimes rhyme. Tracklist . This show was and still is the best skit comedy show to be made ever!! There seems to be no prototype to achieve this, right now I’m going to non-poetry gigs and open mics — like music gigs. Name Character Magda Szubanski Various Characters On one hand, I think we are so lucky, on the other hand I get depressed about all the contradictions of our situation. But you have to make yourself a commodity people want, “Hey why don’t you have a spoken word event?” By running a festival, you get these entertainment and art venues to recognise you as a community. For performance? Your online connection to spoken word & poetry in Melbourne, Waffle Irongirl regularly sets out to write poetry in the venerable tradition of Dickenson and Whitman. From the winner of Slamalamadingdong for March, Alan Penland performs ‘Navigator’ at Slamalamadingdong, March 30, 2017. Alan Pentland features next Tuesday at Passionate Tongues Poetry, and as part of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival, featuring at The MSWPF Closing Night with US poet Moody Black, on June 3. Your hosts are Alan and Mylene Pentland. I believe that words are powerful, if you have the right words expressed the right way, you can communicate anything. Alan Pentland has had poetry published poetry at school, is a pioneer of early cabaret and comedy in Melbourne, was a writer/performer on tv comedy Fast Forward, writer of computer manuals, video maker, now writes very short stories… that sometimes rhyme. Well, we all need that, nice to know that we are alive. How do you think spoken word differs from comedy as an art Form? It sorts people out: the pressure is so intense there is no allowance for weakness. A hundred years comedy, circus and the Tivoli - 1850-1960s. In this light-hearted satire, Alan Fletcher plays cab driver Daniel Folkmover; a gentle bloke with dad jokes aplenty, a heart of gold and a slightly shady operation on the side. Mylene – 0419 160 264 Marriage celebrant with extensive experience in the hospitality industry. I write to work out the contradictions I see in the world and in myself. Original Release. For many years, I also communicated technology ideas to people who in many cases didn’t even want to hear my ideas. I see that as my differentiator — having this huge range of unique experiences. With Ray Barrett, Gus Mercurio, Judy Banks, Esme Melville. Also known as Willia Pentland. Also drives the tractor. I experience it like being on the beach and having the wave of poetry wash over me, but once the waves are gone, I don’t know where they were. “Hey, these poets are organised enough to run a festival!”. But then I studied architecture at uni and got into comedy, which is the kind of thing that seduces you away from all the activities you should be doing in your life. It’s funny because it’s ironic. I won an award for poetry from school. The MSWPF Closing Night with US poet Moody Black, The 2020 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word Winners : Eloise Grills and Jaslyn Robertson, Deciding where you stand: Interview with Stephanie Dogfoot, Beauty that Happens in the Pause: Interview with Eleanor Jackson, Melbourne Spoken Word to host spoken word festival online in 2020, Thabani Tshuma – No Strings (MSW Prize 2019). That sense of surprise is like quantum mechanics, when a moment shifts somehow to include something from the past, future or something unexpected — a journey through a psychological landscape. The power comes from expressing authenticity and emotion. You start the week with no material and by Thursday, there’s a show. The combination worked really well and also we learnt to deal with tough crowds. She grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where she's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. When I started in comedy in the 70s in Melbourne, the scene was non-existent — the opposite of a career choice. With the resurgence of our fascination with bogans: 'The bogan in all of us', 'What is a bogan', 'Is 'bogan' an insult any more'?, it's timely to revist the dance moves immortalised and satirised by Magda Szubanski and Alan Pentland as 'Michelle and Ferret' in the TV comedy series Fast Forward in the late 80s. ), Full Frontal was made in the mid 90s (?-1993-? He takes his work (of being humorous) very seriously and has been recognised by many in … Host: David Strassman; Gerry Connolly; Gina Riley & Tina Arena; Glenn Robbins & Mary-Anne Fahey; Jane Turner & Peter Moon; Kym Gyngell; Magda Szubanski & Alan Pentland; Marg Downey; Matt Parkinson & Greg Fleet; Nick Giannopoulos & Michael Veitch; Norman Gunston How did you get your start in poetry? Still, I feel like there are forces that we will never be in control of. At that point, I’m refining intonation and emphasis. When I’ve performed on non-spoken word open mics, I find people pay attention when they hear someone doing something clever with words. We did not like things like swearing, we felt that was getting cheap laughs. So that’s your approach as a writer? What drives you now? It was so funny. One of my most useful experiences was writing radio ads, it requires great discipline, and you learn to tell a story in 24 seconds. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Bligh is a comedy series based in colonial times, focusing on the titular character, William Bligh, then Governor of New South Wales. List of performers by year 1991. Comedy. There was an occasion I needed to rise to, but the writing actually became hard and I was quite depressed for a month. Yes there was (is) a bogan dance. I ran the first stand-up comedy venue in Melbourne in the 70s. Alan – 0409 876 325Once a c… With your experience in expanding the reach of stand-up comedy, how do you think we do the same thing in spoken word and poetry? But there was always the desire to get a bigger audience, and the only career paths we had was into television. Off-stage she’s vague and freshly introverted.On-stage, she’s the poetical analogue of a heavy metal karaoke. He ran Melbourne’s first stand up club, worked with Daryl Somers and was a key player in the TV comedy hit Fast Forward. It would also help to get the backing of an officially recognised institution, like the Wheeler’s Centre. That was a great performance. The radio presenter, comedian and television host went to Weston Favell School before moving to Manchester to pursue his comedy career. My time working for Darryl Somers on his “Tonight Show”, it was a hot-house of experience. We’ve got a layer of civilisation that is a thin veneer over our basic brutality. We create institutions that provide governance and moderating influence over our basic nature — but you can never stop being vigilant. Guest speaker/entertainer will be Alan Pentland. Funny story about that. I only decide to learn something by heart after doing it in front of an audience a few times and deciding it is good enough. 04/11/1991. Australia is a country of climatic and geographic extremes and Australian comedy often manifests itself as a comedy of extremes. Mylene is a marriage celebrant with extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Various Characters (89 episodes, 1989-1992) Gina Riley. I find the world confounding. Slamalamadingdong happens on the last Thursday of every month at 24 Moons, Northcote. I know what I’m going to do: use the prize as a leverage to contribute to the community, to others but also to myself. Working with all these diverse people was terrific training as well. 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