This fortnight we’re talking comedy. Join our guests from the worlds of standup, TV and online platforms as they discuss the projects they made despite COVID-19 – and what’s on their slate for next year.
With MC Denise Eriksen of Media Mentors Australia, the panel – Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope, Diana Nguyen and Todd Abbot – will talk about their brilliant careers creating hilarious shows and share what they do and how they do it.
Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope
Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope from Gristmill (Librarians, Upper and Middle Bogan) worked with Lucy Durack and Eddie Perfect to deliver Love in Lockdown. Wayne says he took to Google to work out how to do that. And Robyn stayed in her office for pretty much two days straight to write the scripts. From idea to on screen in just a few weeks. They also developed a complex anthology piece which has secured a major about-to-be announced commission here and overseas.
Diana Nguyen (Phi and Me and loads of other stand-up comedy) snorted with laughter all the way through COVID-19 – literally. She started her Snortcast YouTube and podcast series and chatted about life, death and comedy to all of her comedian mates. And she further developed Phi and Me – her hilarious Vietnamese comedy series into a TikTok phenomenon (6 million views!) as it inches closer to becoming a TV series.
Todd Abbott was at Guesswork Television at the start of COVID-19 – devising and delivering a fast turnaround Lockdown Comedy Festival for Stan, pioneering new ways of doing things. Now he leads the commissioning and creative execution of narrative and scripted comedy programs across the ABC’s multiple platforms. And he’s got lots to say about what the ABC is looking (and not looking) for to make us laugh in 2022.
Events at AFTRS
9 Mar 2021: Celebrating Women
with Corrie Chen, Debbie Cuell, Leah Purcell, Laurie Critchley and Samantha Strauss
13 Apr 2021: From Concept to Broadcast
with Rikkie Proost, Deb Spinocchia and Majella Wiemers
8 June 2021: Te Ao Maori: Making 'Cousins'
with Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith and Amy Thunig
10 August 2021: Passion Projects
with Annabel Crabb, Stamatia Maroupas, Jane Castle ACS, Tiriki Onus and Alec Morgan
14 Sept 2021: Podcasting Powerhouses
with Marc Fennell, Jesse Klass, Marlee Silva and Alex Mitchell
19 Oct 2021: The Female Frame
with Gillian Armstrong, Samantha Lang, Vanessa Gazy, Unjoo Moon and Hattie Archibald
9 Nov 2021: Where to in ’22, and beyond?
with Ben Nguyen, Susie Jones, Dan Monaghan, Tanya Denning-Orman and Andrew Garrick
Join us for a series of free, in-person and live-streamed events for the screen and broadcast industry presented by AFTRS, ACMI, Film Victoria and Media Mentors Australia.