Grace Tame’s new gig in COMEDY: Australian of the Year turns over a new leaf starring in new on-stage production
- Former Australian of the year Grace Tame is trying her hand at comedy gig
- The 28-year-old will appear as a guest at a Melbourne Comedy Festival show
- The festival kicks off on March 30 at multiple venues across the city
Grace Tame will appear on stage as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The former Australian of the Year will feature as a guest on the panel for comedy news podcast ‘A Rational Fear’ hosted by comedians Dan Ilic and Lewis Hobba.
Their show takes a look at the some of the more worrying issues in our democracy, which they list as including ‘climate change and text messages from Clive Palmer’.
The show, which Ilic has been hosting for a decade, won the best comedy podcast at both the 2020 and 2021 Australian Podcast Awards.
2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame (pictured) will try her hand on stage at the Melbourne Comedy Festival
She will appear on comedian Dan Ilic’s (pictured) live show for his comedy news podcast
Originally a quarterly podcast, the pair changed the format to weekly during Covid lockdowns which has only seen their fanbase grow.
A particularly memorable guests for Ilic was former Obama staffer Ben Rhodes.
He revealed that whenever Obama’s team got frustrated dealing with former PM Tony Abbot they would watch Julia Gillard’s parliamentary speech on misogyny – in which he was a prime target – to cheer them up.
Tame will join other guests on the show including Gabbi Bolt from The Chaser, Vidya Rajan from The Feed and Dane Simpson from Have You Been Paying Attention.
While Tame herself has not had any comedy experience, the 28-year-old lists comedy legend John Cleese as a personal friend.
She befriended Cleese’s daughter Camilla when she briefly moved to the United States after finishing high school in Australia.
The talented artist was also commissioned to sketch artwork for Cleese which he sold on one of his recent tours.
While Ms Tame (pictured) has not previously tried comedy, she is friends with Monty Python comedy great John Cleese
She is also no stranger to cracking the occasional joke on Twitter, once claiming there was ‘no higher honour’ than being called ‘toxic’ by outspoken right wing commentator Andrew Bolt.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will kick off on March 30 and run until April 24 with more than 300 shows across multiple venues in the city.
After being cancelled in 2020 and a socially-distanced version going ahead in 2021, this year marks the return for the southern hemisphere’s biggest comedy event.
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