The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 38 Military Road, Cremorne | 12 Oct 2022 06:00 PM
DATE: Wed, 12 Oct 2022
VENUE: The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 38 Military Road, Cremorne
TICKETS: $20. Book your place here.
Join us at The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace to see beloved Australian comedian Shaun Micallef in conversation with Mark Humphries, as they discuss Shaun's new book Tripping Over Myself.
From Shaun Micallef, beloved host of ABC TV’s news satire Mad as Hell, comes Tripping Over Myself – an insightful and funny memoir about comedy and life that takes us through uncharted waters to unexpected places.
Comedy has been Shaun’s escape, his guiding light, his refuge, his passport, his lifebuoy, his drug, his mask, his means, his end, his lingua franca, his Self. But it’s not everything. In his nearly thirty-year career as a comedian, he’s never thought to write about himself and even thoughhe’s played a character with his own name, it was never really him. He’s always been there somewhere in the roles he’s played and the dialogue he’s given himself and others. Abstracted, coded, sometimes the inverse of what he thinks or feels, there he is in full view, yet concealed. For the first time Shaun invites readers behind the character to meet the real him. The man behind the joke that we rarely get to see.
From his early years as a gangly, bespectacled nerd in suburban Adelaide to the giddy heights of national TV stardom, Shaun regales us with his experiences and his continuous reinvention through humour with… well, humour. He writes with candour about his successes and failures, loves and losses, along with tales of wine, women, song, and eccentric dancing. Behind the persona of one of Australia’s best-loved comedians lurks, as you will discover, an idiot.
Despite Shaun’s best efforts, Tripping Over Myself is sprinkled with thoughtful insights and observations and shows us how to persist in the face of adversity or even good fortune. You will laugh, you will dog-ear pages, you will wonder, you will Google ‘Jerry Lewis’, you may book a trip to India, and you will come away from this book reflecting on your own life in new and remarkable ways.