This comedy festival, we are privileged to have ‘Melbourne living treasure’ Rod Quantock as a guest blogger, along with Fiona Scott-Norman, his co-host on Drivetime with Two Leggy Redheads.
This week, Rod tells us how he got into comedy.
This is my 799th Comedy Festival and my 7000th year working as a comedian. (Only 1000 years to go and I get a free coffee).
I got into comedy just as agriculture began spreading out of the Middle East into southern and central Europe. My Mum and Dad wanted me to be a soothsayer but I had a lisp and couldn’t say ‘sooth’ so they said they’d put my name down to be a vestal virgin. (Am I mixing up my eras?)
About this time, a shepherd friend of mine opened a comedy room in Jericho (‘Quantock wowed the pre-literate crowd with a tight 20 on pottery, 5 Stars!’ – The Jericho Echo) and I guest the rest is history.
This year, for the first time in a very long time, I am doing a double act. The last time, I teamed up with Brian Abednego who started out with the trio Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but after Shadrach and Meshach were smited by The Lord, Abednego teamed up with me. (‘Abednego & Quantock blew the house away’ – The Gomorrah Tablet.)
Fast forward to 2015 and I’m back in a duo, harnessed with the vivacious and consummately smooth Fiona Scott-Norman, she of the pre-Raphaelite locks and acid wit. (‘Scott-Norman & Quantock are the hit of the Festival’ – The Age, April 2015.)
Rod Quantock and Fiona Scott-Norman’s show Drivetime is a one-stop, try-before-you-buy guide to the festival. This weeks’ guests are cartoonist Michael Leunig and comedians Fiona O’Loughlin, Daniel Kitson and Mike Wilmot.