I had a lot of inquiries to my Quail-thrush e-mail wanting to
know what this comedy festival show was about. Rather than reply individually I
thought I would let you all know about it, especially those of you who will be
in Melbourne over the next month.
The show is called "Confessions of a Birdwatcher" and is
about, surprise, surprise my experience over the last twenty odd years as a
birder. After working for five years as a professional comedy writer,
chronicling the more more bizarre side of human behaviour, it suddenly
dawned on me that about the most absurd and nutty form of human endeavour I'd
ever encountered was my very own hobby.
Last year there was a thread about trying to popularise brids
and birdwatching, and in a way that is part of my aim with "Confessions". Though
about birdwatching it is aimed at the vast majority of the population who don't
know their Arctic Tern from their elbow. Whether it will have the general public
flocking to become birders or just make even more people laugh at us as we stand
there in suburban parks, binoculars trained on a potential rarity, who
The show is part of the Melbourne Iinternational Comedy
Festival and is on at the Trades Hall building, corner Lygon and Victoria
Streets, Carlton 7 PM every Wednesday to Sunday from March 29 th (Which is a
Thursday) through to April 22nd. Tickets can be booked through Ticketmaster, but
I'd recommend buying them at the door at this stage as it will save you a phone
Hope to see you there. After some of the tense debates online
over the last couple of months, I think some of us might be looking for a bit of
Oh and if anyone is worried that their may be a bit of
character assasination going on, I can assure that any resemblance to actual
birdwatchers is purely coincidental.
Oh, and there is a benefit night for the Birds Australia
Endangered Species Appeal on Sunday the 1st of April. So you can crack a smile
and help save a Swift Parrot.