Interview with Andrew Denton

Interview with Andrew Denton Podcast

Two people, two chairs, one conversation, no gimmicks. Known for his unique, honest and sometimes comedic interview technique, Andrew Denton gets under the guard of amazing human beings, finding out who they are away from the headlines. This podcast, a companion to the TV series, features plenty of material we couldn’t get to air and behind the scenes insights into Andrew’s motivation and approach.

Julie Bishop
If Australians can agree about one thing, it’s that we’re not that impressed by our politicians. Julie Bishop is one of the very few exceptions to the rule. As foreign minister, it didn’t matter where she was in the world or how jetlagged she might’ve been, she always turned up immaculately dressed, super organised and on it. And usually after having done a six-kilometre run. But when it came to the crunch, her party chose to ignore the most electable alternative to Malcolm Turnbull and voted in Scott Morri...

Neil & Liam Finn
Neil’s a musical legend. Liam’s had his own share of success in a 15 year career that started with the band Betchadupa. Now they’re finally playing together, when Neil can get time off from his Fleetwood mac duties. They recently made an album, Lightsleeper. How do two generations work together without it ending in tears?   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Jess Mauboy
We all remember first seeing Jess as that kid from Darwin on Australian Idol, the shy girl who didn’t need to win that competition to be a star. Her voice and that inner radiance did it all. She’s since had a string of hits, sung with Snoop Dogg, supported Beyonce, represented us at Eurovision and on Sesame Street. She flexed her acting muscles in The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae and The Secret Daughter. And is about to bring out a new album called Hilda. All this and she’s just turned 30.   See omnystudi...


Keith Urban
The man who has it all. Good looks, loads of talent, a hugely successful musical career, two beautiful kids, an equally smart and successful wife. Ahead of his Australian tour of Graffiti U, he spoke to Andrew from the stage of the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California, discussing his career, reminiscing about touring with Slim Dusty, and revealing that Nicole saved him from the downward spiral of drug and alcohol addiction with a “divine intervention”.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inform...

Michelle Payne
She rode into our hearts as the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup, then followed the win with a rousing speech calling out sexism in racing. Now she reflects on her upbringing as one of ten siblings, a relationship with her tough-love father, and in quite extraordinary detail, the number of ways she has almost killed herself on the track.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Angela White
She’s arguably Australia’s most successful porn star, but she may not be what comes to mind when you hear those two words. She uses her real name for a start. She has no shame about what she does. And she’s no easily led dummy. She has an Honours Degree in Gender Studies from Melbourne University, her thesis on Women in the Porn Industry. She produces, directs and stars in her own videos. She calls herself a feminist. And she believes porn can be a force for good. Warning: this episode is adults only, ...


Amanda Keller
Amanda can probably lay claim to being the most successful woman working in Australian show business. No one else has achieved the double of being inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame and twice being nominated for television’s top award, the Gold Logie. She’s also one of Andrew’s oldest friends, which makes for a very special interview.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Lily Allen
In an era of cookie cutter pop stars, Lily Allen stands out. Where others seem obsessed with 24/7 permanent image management, manicuring their public self to the point that it no longer appears to be real, Lily is the opposite: flawed, messy and gloriously human.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Carl Barron
Carl Barron is Australia’s most successful, yet in some ways least known comedian. He’s incredibly funny on stage, but in real life manages to avoid attention wherever possible. This is a rare chance to find out what’s actually going on inside the head of an Australian enigma, a comic who hides in plain sight.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Dylan Alcott
Five time winner of the Australian Open, Logie-winning TV and radio host, author, disability advocate and organiser of Australia’s most inclusive music festival, Dylan Alcott is a human Energiser Bunny. This rocket-fuelled interview covers his life and the impact he hopes to have on Australia.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Jade Hameister
Well before her 18th birthday, Jade became the youngest person ever to complete what’s known as The Polar Hat Trick, skiing to the North Pole, the South Pole and across the Greenland Ice Cap, braving temperatures below minus 50, mortal danger, constant pain and, toughest of all, having to share a tent with her Dad.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Mick Fanning
Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning talks about what he learned over his career, about family and the loss of two of his brothers along the way, about surfing under the Northern Lights and off the end of a glacier and, of course, about punching sharks, even though he loves them.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Stephen Curry
You loved Stephen Curry in The Castle. You loved him as Graham Kennedy in The King. From his teenage debut in Fast Forward, he’s been a constant presence on our screens. In this revealing interview, you’ll meet the Stephen Currys you may not already know: song and dance man, exiled cub scout, plate spinner, inventor of odd sports, altar boy, part-time serial killer, mooning specialist and devoted husband and father of two.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Cher
She’s had No. 1 hits in six decades. With husband Sonny Bono, she was the biggest thing on US TV in the early 1970s. She scored an Oscar for her role in Moonstruck. What hasn’t Cher conquered? Now in her 70s, this genuine entertainment icon is still taking no prisoners as this wide-ranging interview shows.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Dr Munjed Al Muderis
The good doctor’s bold new approach to surgery is helping hundreds of Aussie amputees to walk again. Inspired by watching The Terminator as a teen, he is now in the business of fusing human and machine, a pioneering specialist in osseointegration, which attaches prosthetic limbs directly to the bones of amputees. If his groundbreaking work was not incredible enough, you won’t believe the story of how he came to be in this country.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Lasey Dunaman and Felicia Foxx
The winner and first runner-up of Miss First Nations 2018, Lasey and Felicia are indigenous, gay drag queens. As they say themselves, triple minorities. With some guests you know, from the moment you see them, that they will have had experiences the rest of us could only guess at, life stories that are rich and challenging and illuminating. So it is with Lasey and Felicia. Amazing to look at, amazing to listen to. They have much in common, but also much about them that is different. One is a 37 year old fat...

Madonna
Marking the release of her new album, Madame X, the pop icon sits down for a chat with Andrew in London. This wide-ranging, funny, thoughtful conversation touches on: the Madame X persona and what it means to her; the move to Lisbon and the musical inspiration it provided; her memories of the first time she went to a gay club; motherhood, her six children and the surprising places they have taken her; why Catholic iconography continues to draw her in; what she would say to the Pope if they met; and her make...

Rosie Batty
How would you survive if your worst nightmare came true? Rosie Batty found out when her estranged partner, Greg, killed their only son, Luke. She became the face of the Family Violence cause in Australia, using her own trauma to help others. But at what cost to herself?   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Sir Michael Caine
Sir Michael Caine has two Oscars, more than a hundred movie credits and a life story so long it’s taken three autobiographies to cover it. This conversation with Andrew is wide-ranging, covering the brother he never knew he had, sharing a dole queue with Sean Connery, being frightened by Heath Ledger on the set of Batman and spotting his future wife in a TV commercial, among many, many other things. Andrew also does his Michael Caine impersonation for the man himself.   See omnystudio.com/listener fo...

Tim Winton
On the back of his novel The Shepherd’s Hut, which tells the story of outback lost boy Jaxie, Australia’s most beloved author talks about toxic masculinity, what he’s learned about our young men and how he thinks they can be helped to have fuller, richer lives, for their own good and for the good of all of us.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Rebecca Gibney
Is there a more loved TV actor than Rebecca Gibney? One of our most enduring screen presences, she’s a surprise packet of a human being, a woman secure enough to be open about her anxieties and her challenging background. In this revealing episode of Interview, she tells Andrew, all about meeting Michael Jackson, why she’s a demon driver, what it was like to be Hugh Jackman’s first onscreen kiss, how she uses her love of dancing to embarrass her teenage son and why she and her husband Richard go together li...


Guy Pearce
This interview caused an international stir for an early, offhand comment about Kevin Spacey, but the real fascination comes when Guy Pearce explains the breakdown of his 18 year marriage, his subsequent mental darkness and what happened next - unexpected fatherhood and a reconciliation with the memory of his father, killed in a place crash when Guy was eight years old.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Jimmy Barnes
What could possibly be left to say about Jimmy Barnes that he hasn’t already said himself? For three years now, Jimmy’s has been in full confession mode, through two bestselling memoirs (Working Class Boy and Working Class Man), a feature length documentary and two song-and-story tours. Yet, if you ask the man, he’ll tell you he left out as many stories as he put in along the way. In this podcast, we’re going to hear some of them and find out whether what doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.   ...

Priscilla Sutton
After struggling with a malformed and painful leg through her childhood and early 20s, Priscilla Sutton chose to have her dysfunctional limb cut off. In a frank and surprisingly funny interview, the ebullient Priscilla talks Andrew through the process of convincing medicos to let her do it, what to do with a leg once it has been detached by surgeons (cremate it, obviously!), and how to embrace your disability as an art project.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Ralph And Kathy Kelly
TV and newspapers tend to overuse the phrase “every parent’s nightmare”. This is a story that, sadly, really earns that label. Ralph and Kathy Kelly lost their teenage sons, Thomas and Stuart, in devastating circumstances. In 2012, Thomas was killed in a random one-punch attack in Kings Cross. Three and a half years later, Stuart took his own life. Both boys were 18. The Kellys were twice hit by lightning. This was not grief. It was grief squared. And though it’s hard enough to keep their fragile family tog...

Denise Scott
Some people’s lives have to be heard to be believed. And even then, they sound like they’re made up. Were you, like Denise Scott, part of a hippie nudist commune? Were you a teacher who smoked in class? Did you make your living as a clown? Did your nurse mother drug you to get you to sleep? Hands down the funniest interview in season one.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Steve Martin and Martin Short
Andrew sits down with two absolute comedy legends, Steve Martin and Martin Short. The long-time best friends, who met decades ago on The Three Amigos, now make a joyous living insulting each other on stage in their show, Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t, which also features songs, skits, childhood reminiscences and some virtuosic banjo playing. The pair discuss comedy, music and life, raking through their movie experiences and their friendship (two words: “colonoscopy parties”). They also play a Logie-worth...


Rebecca Sharrock and Janet Barnes
Rebecca Sharrock may well be the most amazing human we’ll ever have on the show. This Brisbane woman has HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory) a condition which means she can recall pretty much every day of her life. She’s joined by her mother Janet Barnes, matriarch of what might be Australia’s most challenging family.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Jacki Weaver
At 63, an age when many would be contemplating retirement, Jacki broke into Hollywood on the back of her extraordinary performance in Animal Kingdom. In the nine years since, she’s made 26 films and appeared in a bunch of TV shows as well. This interview covers her incredible third act and brings us up to date with a 71 year old squeezing every drop out of life.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Amanda Lindhout
Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped and held hostage by Somali criminals for 15 harrowing months. This powerful interview charts her journey through Hell and back. It’s a story of resilience and rebuilding that will make you proud to be human.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Casey Donovan
What would you do if you discovered the person you’d been having a six year romance with didn’t actually exist? This is exactly what happened to entertainer Casey Donovan, winner of Australian Idol and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. The singer was catfished, manipulated into an imaginary affair by a woman pretending to be the man of her dreams. Having been lured into the relationship, her abuser then used Casey’s vulnerabilities to keep her locked in.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy i...

Troye Sivan
His first acting role was opposite Hugh Jackman. His YouTube vlogging made him a millennial superstar – his coming out video was watched by more than 8 million people. Now, as one of Australia’s most successful pop artists, he’s been to No. 1 in 60 countries. Everything looks like it’s come easily for Troye, but this revealing interview shows a man still wrestling with his inner self.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Angry & Roxy Anderson
In a raw and compelling interview, Angry and his daughter Roxy Anderson open up about the loss of their son and brother, and the challenges they’re facing, in the hope that their words will bring comfort to others. When you’ve had a loss of this magnitude, how do you keep going when keeping going seems like an impossible thing to do? How do you find a way forward, for yourself and your family? It’s a powerful conversation about grief, and resilience.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informat...


Magda Szubanski
She’s a national treasure. This freewheeling interview deals with Magda Szubanski’s comedy, her world class giggling, the incredible wartime story of her father, the recent loss of her beloved mother and her reluctant emergence as the face of the Marriage Equality movement.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Daniel Johns
Fragile yet strong, direct yet elusive, guarded yet painfully honest, Daniel Johns is the most mercurial of interviewees. Andrew describes this intense and compelling journey into the mind of one of Australia’s most extraordinary creative forces as “one of the greatest experiences of my working life”.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Trailer: Interview with Andrew Denton
Two people, two chairs, one conversation, no gimmicks. Known for his unique, honest and sometimes comedic interview technique, Andrew Denton gets under the guard of amazing human beings, finding out who they are away from the headlines.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....