In his twenty years on the scene, Wes Snelling has been one of Melbourne's and Australia's most impressive cabaret and comedy performers. He is a mentor, director, dramaturg, musician, actor, speaker and all-round inspiration who has generally unimpeachable taste, apart perhaps from being a long-term friend of mine, Geraldine Quinn.
OK, I kid.
In this "Part 1" episode of our chat ("Part 2" to come, with a Michelle Brasier-shaped hiatus in the interim), we discuss ever-so-earnest a cappella, minimum wage, Geraldine's building structure fears, Melbourne's lamented and long-lost musical venues, the cultural cringe, too-tight trousers, caravan parks, the perils of telling stories about your family onstage, and why Australian family Christmases really can suck dog's balls.
Episode image of Wes Snelling's alter ego Tina Del Twiste by Stano Murin.
My second guest was the first recorded (late August 2015), so while the conversation is sparkling, the room is a little bouncy and the levels are a little low. But there's still a wealth of joy to be had from the brain of Miss Becky Lou, international burlesque performer and newly minted speaking comedy performer.
Crowned Miss Burlesque Victoria in 2013, Becky Lou is a sparkle warrior who originated from the wilds of Western Australia and has toured Australia and the world as an award-winning burlesque artist.
She is a bit too obsessed with Billy Joel, and I have faith her kegel muscles are in excellent condition (that sentence will sound less weird when you listen to the podcast).
Episode photo of Becky Lou by 42nd Street Photography.