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Evolution of Imaan: Sydney Comedy Shows

Sydney Comedy Festival is on again and I’m very much looking forward to seeing a very funny man there, My Imaan Hadchiti in his show – Evolution of Imaan.

See below his press release and information for the show. Sydney this is not one to miss.

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Presents

EVOLUTION OF iMaAN

 

Imaan Hadchiti. Standing tall at just 3.4 ft,  Imaan’s not ‘bigging’ himself up when he says he’s breaking new comedy ground with his disarmingly cheeky premier of EVOLUTION OF iMaAN at The Factory Theatre @ The Matchbox this Sydney Comedy Festival

 

EVOLUTION OF iMaAN is a stand-up/Storytelling show in which Imaan unravels and figures out why he entered the Stand-up comedy world at the age of 15. Imaan made his TV debut on Australia’s National The NRL Football Show 2007, as the youngest stand up comedian to ever perform on the show, and has since become a household name, appearing in the Comedy TV Series Wilfred and Australia’s Balls Of Steel. Season 1 and 2

 

After a successful run in the Edinburgh Fringe festival, with 8 years of stand up comedy under his belt and sold out shows in the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festivals Imaan finally comes to Sydney for his Sydney Comedy Festival debut with his most honest show yet, candidly exploring his constant efforts to be seen as a Comedian first and a short-person second. Sharing stories of actually remembering his first steps as a child, to his first steps on stage.  Recalling stories of performing in Freakshows to his now successful Solo shows.

Born a curiosity Imaan has always gotten attention whether he wanted it or not, Imaan uses his unrivalled passion for stand-up  to deal with people’s ignorance and to have a say in the kind of attention he gets.

Imaan’s composure, with his ability to identify, empathise and challenge standard beliefs, has granted him a unique place in the world of stand-up.

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“..antithesis of cute…Completely inappropriate.” ê Broadway Baby 2012

 

“Slick, Smart and Dirty Standup” êêêêEdinburgh Spotlight 2012

“Provocative, hilarious, challenging, mischievous, original, it never stops” RipItUp 2012

“Undoubted Genius” Beat Magazine 2011

 

Book tickets here: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=IMAANHAD13#.UXZ-m3BekXe 

 

SHOW LISTING

Title:     EVOLUTION OF iMaAN                                                               

Venue:   Factory Theatre  @ The Matchbox ‘E

Time:    7:00pm

Date:     24th-27th April 2013


I’ve been doing so much!!! Mad March!

They don’t call it Mad March for nothing! I’ve been doing SO much and it’s only the middle of the month. I was in Adelaide for the Fringe, in the Mountains visiting the gorgeous Dinner Plain and soon to come is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Here’s some pics and some descriptions of things I’ve been doing:

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–       Working at Future Music Festival in Adelaide-

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Watching the Live Podcast of Eddie Ifft at the Rhino Room at Adelaide Festival

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–       Enjoying the amazing Darkness and Light show, 3 nights over the week in Adelaide

Wonderful MC Richard McKenzie at Adelaide Fringe

Wonderful MC Richard McKenzie at Darkness and Light

–       Visting my darlings Naomi and sharon who I met on the Machu Picchu trek in October

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–       Catching up with Shane Insane in Adelaide who I met at the snow last year

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–       Checking out the beautiful Dinner Plain after the fires threatened the area for almost 4 weeks, looks amazing now

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–       Dinner with wonderful friends from Perth who I haven’t seen for 12 years! Still the same

–       Worked with Mt Buller promoting the fast approaching Ski Season

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–       My darling friends wedding

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–       Watching the Magic of Anthony DeMasi in Revealed.

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And I’m missing out on a whole bunch of other wonderful meals , friend and things to see and do that I’ve been getting up to.

You don’t have to travel to have amazing adventures. I was lucky to get to visit friends, work and see great entertainment interstate, but I also make the most of every day of living here in Melbourne.

Live your life like a traveller – wherever you are, explore, see new things, meet new people and smile every day!!

 NOTE: Since writing this I’ve done even more!!

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 7 days, 3 shows a night!
  • Sri Lanka for a wedding  – elephant orphanage and more

Travel in 2013 so far

Travel is a part of my life, it’s part of my work and it’s my passion. Travel is just something I do – this is after all “The Adventures of the Traveller Em”. Incorporating travel into everything I do and living life like a traveller, that’s what I’m all about .

 

So 2013 is of course no exception to my travelling rule – with loads of unexpected trips and travel already occurring. Here is some of the travel that I have ticked off already.

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–       Road trip to Adelaide in January for 4 days to drive a friend to visit friends and subsequently visit friends as well

Adelaide-  City of churches

Adelaide- City of churches

–       Sydney – fleeting visit and sadly for a funeral, great to be with family and friends at this time.

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–       Wendouree, Ballarat for work with the CFA (Country Fire Authority) great to see darling friend Emily

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–       Townsville and Magnetic Island to see my friend Matt in the Army. Also got to see my good friend Cat who was there by chance at the same time!

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–       Dinner Plain – Alpine Region of Victoria for a weekend to see how it’s thriving after the threat of fires, perfect start to Autumn

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–       Adelaide for the Adelaide Fringe Festival- working and a chance to catch up with friends. The best time to be in Adelaide.

 

 

Anthony Demasi - Comedian and Magician performing in Rundle Mall, Adelaide Fringe Festival

Anthony Demasi – Comedian and Magician performing in Rundle Mall, Adelaide Fringe Festival

Sydney, Sri Lanka, Melbournes Great Ocean Road, Darwin, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and possibly more to come….. AND THAT IS BEFORE JULY!

Goodbye dear Rory

Goodbye dear Rory


The shows I saw at the Adelaide Fringe Festival

For years I’ve wanted to get to the Adelaide Fringe Festival – I’ve heard of this Mad March and how the city is taken over by the festival fun and I wanted in. Never did I imagine how much fun I would have and how many cool people I’d meet and great shows I’d see.

 

Since September last year, I’ve been getting more and more involved with the Comedy Industry. I’ve made wonderful friends who have introduced me to more and more great people and next thing I know I’m working with some great people doing social media and PR. So for me this was a working/holiday in the best possible meaning of the term.

 

I was predominantly there for Comedy and comedy I saw! I would love to get into the theatre and circus acts next year (I plan to go for minimum 2 weeks to fit everything in!) but this time was comedy. Here are the great shows I saw:

 

–       Darkness and Light: This is a show with an MC and 3 different comedians each night sharing their postcards from the edge. Real stories and real comedians inviting you to step into the dark side and see the light. It was wonderful. I got to 3 shows and got to see: Cath Styles, Abigoliah Schamaun, Nath Valvo, Richard McKenzie, Bart Freebairn, DeAnne Smith, Tim Whitt, Alexis Dupes, David Smiedt and Nikki Britton. Great diversity of comics!

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MC Nath Valvo with Abigoliah Schamaun

 

–       David Smiedt – Smiedt, Pray, Love – I only caught the last 15 minutes of the show but after seeing David in Darkness and Light I wanted to see his solo stuff. David has great one liners, an educate wit and a class to his act. Laugh out loud stuff this one!

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–       Bart Freebairn, Age of Wonder  A very special show with a treat of a comic. Bart has a magic to his comedy which makes you want to be friends with him as he invites you into his weird and wonderful world. We sat in a
pillow fort” just 5 of us, so 4 audience members, as Bart shared his tales of wonder and delight from his imagination. Whimsical, intimate and so different to the norm – this was a great show to experience.

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–       Anthony DeMasi, Revealed – Anthony is a comedy magician and man is he good at what he does. A great balance of funny one liners and joke magic combined with amazing tricks you cannot believe he pulls off. Lucky to see this show as Anthony does a lot of private and corporate gigs – he also did some spots at Fringe in the Mall which was great during the day, the bunnies Brian and Sebastian might have stole the show though.

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–       Eddie Ifft , Too Soon? – It was great to see one of the big acts at the comedy festival. Eddie who has a dvd that has just come out through Punchline DVD was on fire! There is a darkness to his humour but who cares when he is hilarious! Really nice guy too! Got to grab a photo and kick on to his next awesome show!

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–       Eddie Ifft “Talking Shit’ Live recording of Podcast at Rhino Room: This was a special event, the first live podcast fiming outside the US for Eddie Ifft! What a treat! He had special guests Mickey D and Chris Franklin on the first show which was great Aussie humour and some fun stories from the guys. The second show lasted close to 2 hours, with 5 guests including my friend Milan from Punchline DVD, Imaan, Sammy Longfellow from Puppetry of the Penis, Mickey D, Youtube sensation Alex Williamson. They all did a Tim Tam slam (drink vodka through a Tim Tam) on stage and even I joined in….being the only girl to go up on stage- argh! Live podcast to be heard here!

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What a wonderful week, and I only cracked the surface of the 100’s of acts and shows that were on at the Adelaide Fringe Festival!

Watch for more posts to come as I will review each show I saw!


A lovely stay at the Colombo Courtyard Hotel, Sri Lanka

The layout of this hotel with water as you enter, jacuzzi and mirrored pools in the centre and a luxurious lap pool in the gardens makes this a relaxing and tranquil hotel.

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I stayed for 8 nights at Colombo Courtyard and actually extended my stay by one night as I didn’t want to leave. It was a great base for getting to many of the attractions, restaurants and functions I was attending for a wedding here in Colombo. There was a hotel Taxi if I needed to go somewhere or a loyal rickshaw driver waiting across the road.

 

 

Oneday I needed to get my sari draped and hair done. The recomendations I had were busy and I was not sure what to do. The hotel manager and staff jumped to the task and helped me in every way possible to make the plans as easy as possible. I was taken to a great salon, which I actually returned to the next day for a relazing treatment, and was brought to and from the salon safely.

After visiting the Salon- http://www.colombocourtyard.com/

After visiting the Salon- http://www.colombocourtyard.com/

The room was lovely and cosy. I had an entrance way with the bathroom and dressing area, then a step up into my bedroom and sitting area. It felt like I had a loft apartment all to myself. This room looked over the pool and enormous mirror with lights that you see in the profile photo for the hotel. This was such a calm place for me to sit each day by the window and get my work done. I felt relaxed and a million miles away from my everyday life, whilst being totally connected by the FREE WIFI! A must for hotels.

My room was a single bed but lovely for a solo traveller and great view over the pool area-  208! The area 214, 216 – overlooking the pool are the best rooms to stay in – very tranquil and relaxing.

The turn down service is great- and the staff are very attentive and helpful. Sometimes a little too attentive as there are so many staff bustling about and wanting to be helpful, sometimes I’d like a little more time to chill and do my own thing. But more service is better than less.

Great food at the restaurant http://www.colombocourtyard.com/

Great food at the restaurant http://www.colombocourtyard.com/

This hotel is perfectly suited to its boutique category. Comfortable rooms with individuality and style. Staff who know you by name and attentively greet you whenever you are roaming the hotel grounds. A lovely waiting area where you can join other guests and meet visitors. And of course, the beautiful pools for relaxation as well as pool bar and sitting areas. A great price for the service and comfort you get here.

Highly recommended for a visit to Colombo. The service and quality of a large 5 star hotel with the local knowledge and friendly service of the boutique hotel it is.

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Singapore Airlines – You Cray Cray!

Singapore Airlines is one of my favourites to fly with. But now I feel there hospitality and service has got a little bit ridiculous and a tad too innovative.

Take a look at this picture.

 

A normal bathroom sink right!

 

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WRONG!

 

This is if so facto, MOUTHWASH!

 

What did you think it was? Hand soap! Then you would be in the same basket as me and about 50 others I would guess. Or am I just really blonde??

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So I washed my hands – hmmm that soap isn’t very foamy. I’ll do a few more squirts. Well this is strange, I guess it’s more antiseptic.

 

Then I cast my eyes upon the cup dispenser next to it – look closely at the blue liquid and realise…. it’s MOUTHWASH! Ridiculous.

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Singapore Airlines. I do love you, but seriously – don’t put mouthwash in the hand soap position or style of bottle – it’s easy for one to get confused!

 

Yes – I did proceed to use the mouthwash correctly after this.


Back in South Asia – SRI LANKA

It’s so lovely to be back in South Asia. First time in Sri Lanka but I already feel comfortable and back at home.

 

India is my favourite country in the world and it will be hard to beat, though as a neighbour of my favourite country – I feel there should be some things I will love here too.

 

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And I’m right! Beaches, fashions, weddings, and hotels with incredible service. Not to mention, hospitality and warmth of a lovely people. I’m here for 9 days for a wedding and I’m looking forward to seeing more of what this country has to offer. Staying at the lovely Colombo Courtyard Hotel, a newly established boutique hotel in Colombo.

My first day I was greeted by a beautiful goodie bag from my hosts and the bride and groom, Farva and Asim. Also a wonderful little book of helpful information for Colombo and the wedding. I shall share some of these great tips and tricks soon.

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Then off to the tailor to get a new blouse fitted for my sari. I knew that when I got here I could ask my friend for a recommendation and he would be of great help – I didn’t know he would OWN the tailor (Asim Tailor and Aszai Fashions)! And also a fashion store. So of course I went shopping and walked out with not only a new blouse but also a fitted Anarkali, a pashmina for a friend, some churidahs (trousers) and a kultar which will double as a dress back home. I love South Asia! They make anything happen.

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Then it was time to chill by the pool in my lovely hotel! It’s been a great time so far and I look forward to more of this relaxation, hospitality and new experiences here in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A beautiful poem by an old man – makes you think!

This is a beautiful poem I just found on Facebook that is being circulated.

An Old man looks back on his life – he tells you his story.

Please live each day as if it were your last and be like this old man with beautiful memories to look back on.

 

Also respect your elders, they have incredible stories to tell!

Have a beautiful day

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . … lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. …Babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future … . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM!
The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!


Rough Itinerary for 4 weeks in Australia

In June/ July I have some dear friends coming to visit me in Australia. It’s my turn to play host and tour guide…. which I love!

I have put together these rough ideas of an itinerary for them of what to see and how to get the most out of Australia. I would love to know what you think and if this is a trip you would take:

 

I suggest spending 5 days in Sydney firstly. Then hire a car from Sydney and drive to Canberra – it’s about 4 hours driving. You can spend 2-3 days there and this is where you will gain the most history of Australia.
Then drive to Melbourne 5-6 hours. You can stay with me, both of you or I can suggest a hotel – but please, you are welcome as my guests. We can spend 2 days in Melbourne together, and then I suggest we go all together on a drive to the Great Ocean Road and sty over night, and then to Phillip Island and stay over night. Back to Melbourne and then perhaps it’s time for you to drive back to Sydney – 1 day.
Opera House Sydney when I was 8 with my American relative.

Opera House Sydney when I was 8 with my American relative.

You can then go to Queensland – Cairns and see the great barrier reef and do some snorkelling and enjoy the sites there. Maybe for 5-6 days? So we are up to 18 days. You could then fly from there to Northern Territory to see Uluru. If I have the money at the time, I would LOVE to join you as I am also yet to see this. I would say 3-4 days at Uluru and Alice Springs.
Tropical Queensland, Magnetic Island

Tropical Queensland, Magnetic Island

Then come back to Sydney for 3 days and see some more there and so some last minute shopping!
It’s a lot to do in a short time but I think it shows off the best of our beaches, history, landmarks and culture. I can’t wait to share this with my friends!

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