• Greg Ellis

A decade as Des

Tonight, at the 2015 Wellys Awards (Wellingtonian of the Year), I brought up a decade of performances as a particular character and until it was announced in my introduction I nevber even realised it!

Time flies when you are having fun and this is certainly the case with Des Lawson, the quizmaster for the annual Wellypedia Quiz which is held as part of the awards every year. This year Des wore a silver leisure suit but over the years he's worn sequins, suits and more sequins and always the trademark dark glasses. As the years have gone by the backstory of Des has been fleshed out through his introductions and we now know Des is a former Mr. Horowhenua and a darling of the Cosmopolitan Club and rest home circuit where he works his unspecified show biz magic all over the lower North Island.

Its been a lot of fun to get up as Des every year in front of more than a 1000 people and deliver the questions and answers to the quiz, having fun with it along the way. Des is also famous for getting the names of the MCs for the shows wrong having previously called Maggie Barry Judy Bailey and Mark Sainsbury Duncan Garner. And the feedback is always great:

"Des Lawson has certainly taken on a whole life of his own and developed a cult following within the Wellington community over these past 10 years."

Roll on next year and more Des!

#quizzes #character #wellington #tepapa

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