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Comedy Podcast Feature: Sam Taunton (comedian, writer & MTV presenter)

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Sam Taunton joins the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #155 Sam Taunton (comedian, writer & MTV presenter). 

It’s amazing the friends and connections that you can make through social media if you put yourself out there!

This week’s very special guest on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! is comedian, writer & MTV presenter, Sam Taunton. Sam and I met via Twitter through Sri Lankan-born Australian-based stand-up comic and actor, Dilruk Jayasinha 2 years ago, after Dilruk was a guest of mine on the show.

Bursting onto the scene in the 2015 Triple J RAW Comedy National Final, of late Sam Taunton has been juggling stand up and various media projects including being MTV Australia’s newest VJ and in 2017 was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Sam Taunton has performed on ABC2’s Comedy Up Late, MTV, SBS, Channel [V], ABC Radio, NOVA and Triple J, has just recorded his 1st hour-long special for ABC and now he’s on my show!

Ever wanted to know the steps & tenacity it takes to be come a stand-up comic?

Download this hilarious and candid episode of  Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with comedian Sam Taunton!

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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #155 Sam Taunton (comedian, writer & MTV presenter).

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Sam Taunton joins the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast.

“Stay true to yourself and anything’s possible.” – International comedian Dilruk Jayasinha

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Comedian Dilruk Jayasinha bringing the goods to Hot & Delicious podcast
Comedian Dilruk Jayasinha bringing the goods to Hot & Delicious podcast

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Podcast #48 Dilruk Jayasinha (stand-up comic and actor) podcast.

“Stay true to yourself and anything’s possible.” – Dilruk Jayasinha

It makes me so fuckin’ happy and excited to see someone so passionate and hard working in what they do. This is why I created this podcast – to surround myself with like-minded, interesting and ambitious individuals, who inspire me with their hunger, drive and burning desire to love what they do. This in turn inspires me to push harder at my own goals.

International comedian, actor, podcaster and former accountant Dilruk Jayasinha is one of those.

You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face throughout this interview – humble, energetic and self-effacing despite his career choice, Dilruk moved to Australia from Sri Lanka in 2004 to pursue higher education with an accounting degree, only to discover “Carlton Draught and white women” and a career in stand-up comedy, that now has him traveling around Australia and the world performing alongside other international comedians of the likes of Wil Anderson, Sammy J & Randy and more.

With upcoming shows around Australia, including Melbourne International Comedy Festival (he sold-out 22 shows last year and had to book more), Adelaide Fringe Festival, recurring roles on “Sammy J and Randy in Rickets Lane” on the ABC and The Little Dum Dum Club podcast, Dilruk Jayasinha has that hunger for success that still sees him saying yes to hundreds of gigs, including those that are potentially lower than his station (my words not his), just to stay fresh, help him to keep honing his craft and to learn every day.

We have vast, ranging chats about the invention of Beroffee (Berocca and coffee), the inspiration and careers of Ricky Gervais and Wil Anderson, riding elephants, nudie runs and smashing tinnies in accounting lectures (very rock & roll), Dilruk’s love & connection with his wonderfully supportive family, facing your fears through stand-up content, tales of Dil’s time growing up in Sri Lanka, a few of my own Sri Lankan experiences in Colombo, Kandy and Negumbo as an international Emirates Airline flight attendant and so much more.

Fascinating podcast with a hilarious comedian, who left me feeling inspired and full of energy for my own dreams after an hour and a half with a like-minded soul. 

Love it!

Free Download podcast#48 Dilruk Jayasinha (stand-up comic and actor) podcast.  

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Connect with Dilruk via Twitter, Facebook here and make sure you check him out on Sammy J and Randy in Rickets Lane and The Little Dum Dum Club podcast. Oh and, drop his brother, Dilshan some love via the Lazy But Smart Sinhala blog.

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X-Emirates cabin crew. Confessions. I’m no David Duchovny, but I feel like Hank Moody!

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Argggghhh… amazing end to Californiation! Well worth the wait!

As a life-long fuck-up like Hank Moody in many ways (aren’t we all? :p) and with 6.5 years spent traveling the globe staying in 5 star hotels partying like a rockstar with beautiful women, I feel a lot of parallels between David Duchovny’s Californication character and the life I used to lead in Dubai (albeit with less fucking and punching).

Galavanting the globe as an Emirates Airline flight attendant with serious disposable income was such an eye-opening experience and if I hadn’t been through the situations I have had, Hank’s life would seem surreal. To me it feels like home. As a result I became close to a TV show that mirrors of a lifestyle from my Dubai days that was so bizarre that the few people who have had the opportunity to experience it will know what I mean when I say “You can’t understand it until you’ve lived it.”

I’ve had a stunning Singaporean/Malaysian cabin crew girl I was seeing be offered US$10K to spend the night with an Arab guy that she’d never met (I wasn’t there & fortunately she refused), hotel room after-party in Colombo (Sri Lanka) with a Swedish and Turkish girl both throwing themselves at me after a night on the town drinking cheap-ass spirits and musty Sri Lankan beer in seedy  underground bars, a friend who’s spent years in Middle Eastern prison after returning from an Amsterdam boys weekend with (unknowingly) half a pill left in his back pocket, bailed another mate out of a Mexican jail for US$188 after he was arrested by the policía for urinating down a Cancún side-street, drinking 5 nights out of 7 ’til blackout for years on end and the only reason it wasn’t 7 is that occasionally I had to jump on an oversize metallic flying tube for work, ripping up Bangkok’s Radio City dance-floor with Aeroflot cabin crew on renowned Pat Pong red light strip, daring my best mate to run nude through Prague’s streets during weekday peak hour after an all night session in Czech bars, devouring Heineken cans in the back of taxis in the sandpit not caring that I was living in a Muslim country (so disrespectful), landing into Brisbane at 6am followed by a 21 hour drinking session then flying on to Auckland 3 hours later, Emirates Airline rugby tours in Paris, Phuket x 2, Cardiff, Johannesburg..  and that’s just a drop in the ocean of memories… I’m not boasting & I’m certainly not proud of some of my exploits..


For all these experiences, from childhood to now on my self-imposed tumultuous journey from self-loathing to self-love, I have traveled the planet, lived in the Middle East, Italy, Indonesia and all over Australia, had more women than most (although not nearly as many as some that’s for sure! – you know who you are! :D) and made a whole lot of fuck-ups.. but some things never change. While I grew up as a kid thinking I wasn’t good enough for anyone and all I craved was a hot woman who’d love me, I now crave so much more.. a love that just makes sense without trying.. someone who will do stupid things just to make me laugh (as I do with my friends) and accepts me as I am but teaches me so much by just being who she is.. AND of course I wouldn’t be overly upset if she’s a little bit hot, intelligent, loves to travel, sexual, spontaneous, independent, ambitious, craves delicious food & works out regularly like me (mixed in with a few cheeky bevies of course)… but again.. one common thread has stayed true.. essentially for all my faults I’m a good person and I crave someone special..

So while I’m happy and living life in the now, I’m always striving for more – to be a better person, better at what I do and constantly learning; I’m far from perfect and the hopeless romantic in me felt sated tonight to see the good-guy who’s a fuck-up chase the lady he loves, bare his soul and have it all work out.. the happily ever after flying off into the sunset.. at this moment.. at least for now 😉 It might all be fiction, but this just makes me happy…

Vale Hank Moody.

P.s. Most of the ladies featured in these images are rather good friends of mine and their presence in this gallery in no way suggests I’ve had the pleasure of their intimate company.. I wish! 😀

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