Writing

Episode 38: Writing for Comedy with James Colley

In this podcast, we bring you Caspar's conversation with 27 year old comedy writer, satirist and podcaster James Colley. James is a standup comedian, a writer on several well-known Australian comedy TV shows including 'Tonightly', 'Gruen', and 'The Weekly with Charlie Pickering'. He co-hosts the podcast 'Stop the Posts' and is creator of the podcast 'Nailed It'. He is the author of "Too Right: Politically incorrect opinions too dangerous to be published except that they were" and co-authored the recent sports memoir "Tries, lies and meat pies: The Sam Thaiday Story". 

James talks to us about his journey from starting out by training in from the blue mountains for 5 mins of open mic stand up when he was 15, his choice to study physics at Sydney University, and to discovering political comedy and eventually writing for some of the country's most well-known comedians. He explains why he is more passionate about writing comedy than doing stand up, though he provides tips on how to do both. James gives us his take on comedy today, how it is being challenged when it comes to topics like freedom of speech, and the experiences he's had when getting it wrong. 

Other than that, we spoke about class, the recent #libspill and what he thinks needs to change about the world and comedy. As always, this episode was produced and edited by the ever-talented Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

You can follow James' work on his Twitter or Facebook page and if you live in Sydney, you can attend 'Nailed It!' live shows at Giant Dwarf Theatre.

James and Caspar post #libspill binge... so real

James and Caspar post #libspill binge... so real

Episode 27: From Banks to Jungles with Kristin Addis

Imagine walking away from a high-paying, but soul-destroying job to travel the world as a writer. It's the greatest gamble and the ultimate dream. This episode brings you the remarkable story of 31 year old Kristin Addis. Five years ago, Kristin left her job as an investment banker in California with a packed bag and a one-way ticket to Thailand. Today she runs a successful business as a travel blogger and Instagram influencer under the name "Be My Trave Muse". Caspar and Kirstin got binge thinking her journey from banker to blogger, author and photographer and her passion to make women feel empowered to travel the world. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Reunited years later, Caspar and Kristen get seriously bingeing in Bangkok

Reunited years later, Caspar and Kristen get seriously bingeing in Bangkok

Episode 11: Progressive Dreams with André Dao

He lawyers. He writes. He’s deputy editor of the New Philosopher magazineand is one of the pioneers of Behind the Wire… and he’s just had a baby! André Dao works tirelessly to document lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia’s harsh detention system. His group Behind the Wire has just released a podcast (The Messenger), a book (They Cannot Take the Sky)and curated an exhibition at Australia’s Immigration Museum. Caspar sits down with the formidable Dao, a millennial to take note of. The two talk about André’s insightful piece ‘Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism’ published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. In it, André writes about the constraints of coal-face progressive policy workers versus the hack-tastic attitude of the modern techno-dreamer. Can we solve the world’s problems with an app? Do millennial progressives need to dream big before they lose the future? And what can we all learn from Milton Friedman? Caspar and André binge big dreams and their hurdles. This episode was edited and produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic. 

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.

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Episode 10: Love and Patriarchy with Sophie Allan

Exciting news Binge Thinkers!

We are launching our collaboration with the Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back. Our first special guest is writer Sophie Allan. Caspar and Sophie sat down and got Binge Thinking on Sophie's memoir 'Under the Skin: Home, history and love in patriarchy'. The two discuss the complex gender rules and roles developed in the schoolyard and home. When she isn't writing, Sophie is the founding editor-in-chief of the Melbourne based Chart Collective - a not-for-profit publisher that explores the way our stories are woven into the Australian environment. This episode was edited and produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Get on our level and start Striking Back!

Sophie Allan, founding editor of Chart Collective and writer, talks memoir, relationships, patriarchy, and navigating her life. Her piece 'Under the Skin: Home, history and love in patriarchy' is published in the  Griffith Review 56:  Millennials Strike Back  .

Sophie Allan, founding editor of Chart Collective and writer, talks memoir, relationships, patriarchy, and navigating her life. Her piece 'Under the Skin: Home, history and love in patriarchy' is published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back.

 

This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.

Griffith Review on Twitter: @GriffithReview

Griffith Review on Facebook

Griffith Review Website

Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back