Month: July 2015

From Letterman to a career in comedy – the prolific Daniel Burt.

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TV writer and comedian Daniel Burt bringin' the gold.
TV writer and comedian Daniel Burt bringin’ the gold.

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Interview #33 – Daniel Burt (Aussie comedian, actor & writer).  

Imagine being a writer on one of the world’s biggest TV shows!

Australian TV show writer, stand-up comedian, journalist and actor, Daniel Burt is prolific and determined. Determined to love what he does for a living. Back in 2005, Daniel put his money where his mouth is very early in his career when he took every cent he had and a chunk of change from his parents retirement fund to chase a job opening in the USA working as in intern in the writing department of the Late Show with David Letterman.

Success! Despite mistakenly opening up an alarmed fire door and evacuating the building on his first day in the job and walking into a door one of the first times he met David Letterman, Daniel Burt worked as an unpaid intern on Late Show with David Letterman for 6 months, gaining invaluable experience on a 5 nights a week comedy show with an audience of millions.

Since his return to Australia in 2006, Daniel has worked as a comedic writer on skitHOUSE, Good News Week, The Glass House and a range of other television shows including being one of the founding writers of Channel 10’s The Project TV.

Today Daniel Burt writes for Fairfax Newspapers in Sydney and Melbourne (Sydney Morning Herald, The Age), The Guardian (UK), has recently been asked to work as a full-time writer on comedian Charlie Pickering’s news comedy show, Weekly on ABCTV and has toured the world with his stand-up comedy to New York, Paris, the United Kingdom and of course Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

We cover a range of topics during our chat including his time with idol David Letterman, the impact that Letterman and Woody Allen have made on his career outlook, his earliest childhood memories, deep and meaningful conversations about ANZAC Day and what it means to Australians, the complexities of war and our respective journeys to Gallipoli, Villers-Bretonneux and Normandy. 

There’s so much gold in here… Game time!

Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

Free Download #33 – Daniel Burt (Aussie comedian, actor & writer).

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Connect with Daniel Burt on Twitter.

And make sure you check out the TV show he’s working on with Charlie PickeringThe Weekly‘ on ABC TV… Hilarious!

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

If it’s not fun then you’re missing the point – Aussie comedian Tom Ballard.

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Wicked pre-Edinburgh Fringe catch-ups with Tom Ballard

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Interview #32 – Tom Ballard (Aussie comedian, podcaster & writer).  

“It’s just supposed to be fun. If it’s not fun then you’re missing the point…”
– Australian comedian Tom Ballard

I’m sitting here on my bean-bag in my castle in the sky after interviewing Australian comedian, writer, TV show creator and podcaster, Tom Ballard and I’ve got a little bit of a buzz on. No, I’m not drunk or high, I actually didn’t pull out a beer until 3/4 of the way through this podcast and it was good to interview without beers for a change… I’m just sitting here soaking up the afterglow that I get every time that I record this podcast. I love the intimacy and learnings of a one-on-one with interesting, inspiring people who are working their absolute backsides off to do what they love! Happiness!

Anyway in today’s podcast chat, Tom and I cover a range of topics including his upcoming international comedy tour to Montreal, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London where Tom’s performing his one-man show, Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred, which is a “a blistering hour of stand-up about love, sex loneliness and finding the courage to be one’s self,”the recent Dawn Fraser vs Nick Kyrgios saga and the casual racism that’s still so prevalent in Australian society, the decision to leave a highly successful role at triple j radio career to continue pursuing a full-time career in stand-up comedy, reminiscing back to 2011 when we met and involved in the launch event of triple j unearthed radio station, inspirational figures in his life and so much more.

Super super chats and since the recording I’ve been loving catching up on episodes of Tom’s own podcast ‘Like I’m A Six-Year-Old’ where Tom sits down with fascinating individuals like Arj Barker, Dan Ilic and Waleed Aly to talk about politics, the way society works and just learn about people. ‘Cause that’s how we work out who we are right?

At a time in my life where I’m loving my career and the projects I work on outside of my 9-5, in the back of my mind is the ever present yardstick that I hold myself to “Am I at where I want to be? What would I do with my life right now if I could do anything?”… Tom’s outlook on life and thoughts from the podcast couldn’t have rung more true to me. Amongst others they are this..

“When you’re starting out you’re kind of obsessed by breaking, your big break and the thing that’s going to make a name for yourself. Life is long and career’s are long.. you are not any one gig, you are not any one TV show. You are not any one job or any one project in one job… the long term view is a very healthy thing to have, then the deciding factor is your commitment to the thing you want to do and how hard want to work at it to make it happen.”

“Opportunity cost is a fact of life. (as a result of leaving triple j) I went on to tour a lot more and do a TV show and now I’m about to go overseas which I couldn’t be doing if I was on radio.”

Words from the guru. Chasing the dream, living the dream. Let’s get into it!

Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Connect with Tom Ballard on Twitter and check out all his shows and blog  via TomBallard.com.au

Subscribe to Tom Ballard’s podcast ‘Like I’m A Six-Year-Old’. 

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Adam Richard – Personality plus & a career built on taking a stand!

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Aussie stand-up comedian Adam Richard drops by the podcast.
Aussie stand-up comedian Adam Richard drops by the podcast.

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Interview #31 – Adam Richard (Aussie comedian, podcaster & writer).  

Grinder, Growler, Scruff, Squirt… dating apps of the international gay community and the array of symbols that people use in their personal profiles… this is a world where a $ sign in your profile means that there’s a cash transaction for the pleasure of your company and + sign means you’re HIV+. 

Today’s guest, Australian comedian Adam Richard, got into stand-up comedy in 1997 with a purpose – to make an impact. Change the way that comics talked about gay people on stage – with so many comedians at open mic nights and club sets hitting the homophobic jokes as the “go-to” option for cheap laughs. Just not good enough.

As a man who considered himself a “serious arteest” and was studying Professional Writing and Editing  at RMIT University, a career in stand-up comedy wasn’t a path that Adam Richard found overly appealing, but after seeing a bunch of wonderful comics including Matt King live, Adam realised that there could be a lot more depth to stand-up comedy than just one-liners and dick jokes… a narrative if you will, was what he craved.

Aside from chatting about the different dating apps for available for Twinks, Bears and more, we talk about my time working as promotional staff for Vitamin Water – where my role as team leader was to drive around town in a branded Vitamin Water vehicle in search of spots where we could hand out drink samples, whilst the two colleagues beside me, both gay, spent their time on the road swiping their way through Grinder looking for cute men at the various locations we stopped at around Melbourne.

We also touch on the discrimination that HIV+ people experience on a daily basis, the societal challenge of being LGBT and not coming out just the once, but almost every time you meet someone new, how not to use dating apps if you’re a straight male 😉 Adam’s first ever childhood memory, his podcasts The Shelf and Talking Poofy presents The Poofcast, Tonka Trucks, The Shelf live shows, Stan Lee wanting to be a comic book writer and so much more.

Over the past 18 years since starting stand-up, Adam Richard has built a career of many permutations from national radio on triple j and Fox FM, TV star on Spicks & Specks, co-writer and co-star of ABC TV comedy series Outland, producer and podcaster extraordinaire, the list goes on…

Super guy, super chats, let’s get into it!

Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Connect with Adam Richard on Twitter and check out all his upcoming live stand-up comedy dates via AdamRichard.com.

Subscribe to Adam Richard’s Podcasts here:
The Shelf Podcast.
Talking Poofy presents The Poofcast.

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Adrenaline junkie Alister Robbie & the world of global TV production.

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Alister Robbie in action on Sydney Harbour. Photo credit: Steven Rushworth.
Alister Robbie in action on Sydney Harbour. Photo credit: Steven Rushworth.

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Interview #30 – Alister Robbie (The Post Project director, producer & craft brewer).  

“When you’re hanging from 3 fingers and desperately trying to get your hand up onto the ledge to give you some breathing room because your left arm’s about to pop out, the fact of whether you can pay your rent or your phone bill is overdue tends not to matter so much.”
– Alister Robbie (The Post Project).

Self-confessed adrenaline junkie, Alister Robbie is a director, producer, craft beer brewer and owner of global business – The Post Project Production Company.

Al and I met met back in 2010 when Al was a producer on Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO! in Australia and I was working as the TV show’s music supervisor, sourcing the music of independent Australian artists and bands across a range of genres from around Australia.

A hard-core adventurist, Alister Robbie’s been an adrenaline junkie from a very young age, with his first bungee jump at age 11, rock-climbing, sky-diving, riding ramp on skate-boards, roller blades, BMX and eventually making his way into the mountain-biking scene.

It was during that time about 20 years that while pushing the limits, Al had a serious mountain-biking accident, crashing while traversing a his way down a mountain, his bike and body strewn over 60 metres and was clinically dead for around 5-6 minutes.

These days he gets his high through snowboarding and chasing the powder on the big mountains around the world and that life-changing experience on the mountain has impacted his outlook on life, cherishing every moment and his desire complete with an unwavering no fear attitude has led to Al’s business, The Post Project, to come on leaps and bounds since it’s inception in 2010.

The first ever foreigner in the world allowed to shoot in Reebok’s factory in China, Al’s past & present clients include Reebok, Little Creatures Brewing Company, German automobile manufacturer Audi, Shell, Sneaker Freaker, craft breweries around Australia and many many more.

We chat about:

  • The entrepreneurial mindset & achieving goals beyond your wildest dreams.
  • Zen & rock-climbing -“Suddenly the worries of the world fall away and don’t matter so much”
  • Surrounding yourself with like-minded people – replacing the “Why” people with the “Why Not” people.
  • Cherry picking skills/qualities of a range of people who inspire you and making them you’re own, rather than emulating “idols”.
  • Richard Branson – cocking up with the IRS and how some of the most successful people not only celebrate their successes, but are highly transparent about their failures. 

This is the story of my close friend and a man achieving global success with a mantra that I also call my own…

Bite off more than you can chew then chew like hell.

Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Connect with Alister on Twitter or for The Post Project business enquiries, head to thepostproject.com.

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.