Here's me interviewing an award winner at the Redshift annual awards show. She looks a little worried. I hope, by the end of the next bit of our show, she wasn't worried any more. That's because Jen O'Sullivan and I took the information I was gathering from her and turned it into a Shakespearean tribute to her. There's Jen mid-tribute. It's an old corporate improv trick but it still gets the same kick every time. The hero of the story gets something special. They become the a
You are not wrong in thinking that the Gandalf of "Lord of the Rings" fame didn't have quite this much hair. But some times more hair is more funny. The 50 or so Queensland Funeral Directors that we performed for certainly thought so. When the words "funeral" and "directors" come to mind you don't get the impression of a hilarious good time but that's exactly what Richard Falkner and I had. These guys knew how to have a good time and were more than happy to have a good laugh
Those 2 pictures reflect the extremes of my role as an MC. On the left I am loud-mouthed beaver boy of English haute cuisine Heston Bloominghell and to the right it's me being pleasant, hopefully witty and wearing a suit. These pictures are both from the same gig for the IPENZ Transportation group, the smaller picture is also from the same conference where I also got to MC their Gala Dinner at Hobbiton as Gandalf. It's what keeps things interesting for me. And, I hope, the au
The day this photo was taken I had been laying drains around my place in the pouring rain and had been caked from head to toe in mud and clay. How perfect, then, was our client for the evening - the Textile Care Federation. These lovely people run drycleaners all over the country and if they had seen how I looked only an hour before Kenny King and I arrived they either would have been mortified or seen dollar signs. Our brief for this job was to MC and provide some entertainm
You've got to find you're thing to make a quiz stand out from the rest. You can't go to a pub without tripping over someone reading a pre-prepared quiz brought off the internet. And then there are the ones where a bit more time is spent and there's a theme - music, movies, sport. Doesn't matter what type of quiz you have there's always one type of person who manages to make things awkward for everyone else - that's the person (or people) who takes it waaaaaaay too seriously.
I've just finished a gig for RCP which reminds me that sometimes the old formats are some of the best. RCP are a bunch of Project Managers - they got their start 20 years ago and their first project was the Skytower (which is pretty impressive). Every year they get their team from all over the country together for a "conference" and they wanted to do something special to help celebrate their 20th birthday. I gave them a fair few options but threw in a time-tested favourite; t
Another year, another trip to Australia to work with Cleverfool and one of Patrick’s big clients Ford Australia. This time we headed for the Gold Coast to help out with a gathering of their Parts Managers. Working with Cleverfool always means lots of characters, which I love. This visit was no exception. I got to be David Hasselhoff in full “Baywatch” mode, alongside a security guard and a royal aide. This year we also managed to add some improvisation training into the mix.
How did we get to this point from what was supposed to be an innocent Christmas food challenge?! Simple - the power of creativity cannot be contained or predicted. There is always someone in a group who thinks outside the box and is able to take things in a direction that you never expected, with fantastic results! For my last job of the year the client requested a real mix of options provided to them: a kiwiana quizz, a bit of "Its In The Bag", some bingo and a food challeng
Its not often I get flown to Australia for one evening's entertainment and its not often that I get to play 3 quite elaborate characters in one evening. But thanks to Patrick at Cleverfool I got to do both. The setting was a Christmas party for Victorian car dealers and I became a renaissance artist, fashion designer and opera singer all in the same evening. Each of the characters had a a different mission: The artist, Giovanni Panini, mingled amongst the guests sketching the