Yawp Mag ISSUE 19 Getting Ready for the Comedy Festival - Page 27

rs also be a lot of fun. ‘There is lots of audience interaction, which I think is necessary during a one woman show, or else it would just be me talking with myself the whole time’. Milsom’s journey into stand-up is a story worth telling: ‘Growing up, my siblings, my cousins, and I used to put on shows for our grandparents. I would always try to get the lead role and make it a really funny thing. There is a series of pictures of me as a four year old, trying to act like my mother. I was sporting a bra stuffed with oranges at the front and wearing a hideous wig… that is when my obsession with wigs started’. Scarred by a ‘D’ in grade 12 theatre, she eventually studied broadcasting because the chances of becoming an actor were ‘ridiculous and not realistic’. Strangely enough, her pursuit of broadcasting eventually brought her in front of the camera where she belongs. Milsom co-hosts Triple J radio with Lewis Hobba, and also worked with him on Hungry Beast. She describes him as ‘one of the loveliest people ever: very funny but also very modest’. Hobba responded that ‘she knows enough bad things about me that she could bury me if she wanted to’. Hobba was born in Melbourne, but mostly grew up in Torquay. ‘My parents are big hippies so they moved down to Torquay’. Later, he went to school in Geelong, attended university in Melbourne, and now lives in Sydney. Although he had always had an interest in comedy writing, Hobba entered stand-up comedy almost by accident. After getting a job writing sketches for Hungry Beast, a producer told him that he would need to start acting because they needed someone to be in the sketches, and they couldn’t afford anyone else. He ended up performing, eventually progressed to reading on stage, and now does stand-up comedy. ‘I just got addicted to being on stage and just really enjoyed it’. When asked how he compares stand-up nitely scarier, there are no second takes when in front of a live audience, and that is petrifying. On radio, if you fuck up, you just go to a song. I can’t do that on stage unfortunately…maybe I should bring out a stereo and just throw up a song whenever I mess up’. Hopefully, however, his show will be stereo-free. I asked Hobba about his show Backs To The Wall and he said ‘in general, it is a show about complaining, but it won’t just be me saying, “we need to complain less” because I love complaining…comedy is like creative complaining’, he stated. His show is inspired by things that happen in the world, opinion writers, and his experience growing up with hippies. Make sure to catch all three comedians at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. For details of the times and dates they will be performing, visit the MICF website.