Meshel Laurie's Nitty Gritty Committee

Meshel Laurie's Nitty Gritty Committee Podcast

Meshel Laurie interviews ordinary people about extraordinary things. Stories about the guts and the glory of life.

October Astrology with Maggie Kerr
October Astrology with Maggie Kerr. You can connect with her here. https://www.universalastrology.com.au/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Electric Blue – Superheroes and Supervillains
Paul Verhoeven, author of Loose Units is back with a second book about his father John’s time in NSW police and it’s another fantastic, action-packed and funny read. There’s a deeper, darker side this time too, as the Verhoeven’s confront the brutal bullying Paul suffered during his childhood and the decisions his parents made around dealing with it. This is an intriguing conversation about father son dynamics. Thanks to Paul Verhoeven & John Verhoeven, and Professor Stephen Cordner.If you or someone you kn...

Constance Hall is Magic
Everyone needs a magical friend like Constance Hall. https://www.facebook.com/mrsconstancehall/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Constance Hall is Magic
Everyone needs a magical friend like Constance Hall. https://www.facebook.com/mrsconstancehall/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Julie is an Aged Care worker in Melbourne
Melbourne is losing more Aged Care residents due to COVID-19 than almost any other city in the world and Aged Care workers are copping a lot of the blame. Julie is passionate about her career and has some things to tell us.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Tania Lacey - My First Idol
She was the brightest star on Australian television in 1990 and literally everything I wanted to be. We need to talk about what happened to Tania Lacy.http://tanialacy.com/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Astrologer Maggie Kerr
Maggie Kerr returns to Nitty Gritty this week to give us an astrological update.Your host is Meshel LaurieWith thanks to guest Maggie Kerr https://www.universalastrology.com.au/Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Podcast/The-Nitty-Gritty-Committee-with-Meshel-Laurie-782980195220726/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Urzila Carlson
South African/New Zealand comedian Urzila Carlson is in quarantine in a hotel in Sydney because she’s replacing Lindsay Lohan as a judge on Australia’s Masked Singer.She might be the perfect woman for our times.https://www.facebook.com/UrzilaCarlsonComedian/Urzila’s 2nd Netflix special, Overqualified Loser is available now on Netflix.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Lisa Westgate
Lisa Westgate is a life coach. Meshel Laurie is in Covid lockdown again and in desperate need of some coaching! How about you?https://lisawestgate.com/#:~:text=Lisa%20Westgate%20has%20outgrown%20PTSD,positive%20Impact%20on%20the%20world.&text=After%20a%20decade%20as%20a,roof%20when%20the%20toaster%20popped.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Gemini Rules Breathing - Astrologer Maggie Kerr
Maggie Kerr is an astrologer of over 30 years’ experience. She says everything that’s happening right now is just down to patterns and it’s all linked to things that’ have happened before.Today, Maggie’s telling us what patterns are playing out right now and in our immediate future.Your host is Meshel LaurieWith thanks to guest Maggie Kerr https://www.universalastrology.com.au/Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Podcast/The-Nitty-Gritty-Committee-with-Meshel-Laurie-782980195220726/ ...

Welcome To Hell: Rachel Berger Part 2
This week on Welcome To Hell, we’re sharing part 2 of our chat with comedian, actress and writer Rachel Berger. We talk about the role of women as nurturers, how Rachel's parent's survival story helped her through isolation, and buddhism.This is the last episode of Welcome To Hell. Thank you for listening and joining Nelly and Meshel every week in isolation.Tune in again soon for season five of Meshel Laurie's Nitty Gritty Committee as we return to telling stories of the guts and glory of life.  See acast....

Welcome To Hell: Rachel Berger Part 1
This week on Welcome To Hell, Meshel and Nelly are joined by comedian, actress and writer Rachel Berger. This is part one of our chat, because there was just too much to fit into one episode! We chat about what it’s like to be a female comedian, why Meshel wants to be like her father and how Rachel’s career success in the early days was a result of sacrifice.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Welcome To Hell: Eddie Perfect
Nelly and Meshel loved him well before he was Mick on Offspring, and they love him still now.Our guest in Hell this week is Eddie Perfect, and we talk about what it was like for Eddie to move back to Australia from New York in the early days of the pandemic, the future of the arts industry in Australia and flu vaccines.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Welcome To Hell: Nat's What I Reckon
You won’t believe it but that beautiful swearing cooking guy everyone sends you links to, Nat’s What I Reckon has joined us in Hell!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Welcome To Hell: Jackie Kashian
Are you wondering how L.A. lockdown is going? Or how brilliant comedians do gigs on zoom? Well we have those answers from our very flash guest, American comedian Jackie Kashian!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Welcome To Hell: Fahey Younger
Nelly remembered another friend of ours who’s very useful. Fahey Younger who used to be a famously weird comedian in a duo called Miss Itchy, now she’s a secretly weird real estate advocate. She has lots a words of comfort and good advice for renters and mortgage payers alike. So many kinds of Hell.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Welcome To Hell: Steve Ellen
We’re back in homeschooling hell at our place, so I’m sharing my office with my two kids, which might be why Nelly Thomas brought us a real live psychiatrist!He’s not even just a psychiatrist, he is many, many things. His name is Steve Ellen, but we can call him Professor Steve Ellen if we want to. You might’ve seen him on TV or heard him on the radio or bought his excellent book called Mental, which he wrote with comedian Catherine Deveney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Welcome To Hell: Helen Thorn
The Scummy Mummies are comedy duo Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn. They’re based in London, but Helen’s quite Australian, and she joined Nelly and I to tell us how her lockdown’s going, given that she’s been at it about a month longer than us.She’s also got an extra degree of difficulty, in the form of a little relationship fracas that happened at the worst possible moment.Nelly and I will be having Friday night drinks from 6pm live on youtube, again this week, on the Australian True crime podcast channel, and...


Welcome To Hell: Helen Thorn
The Scummy Mummies are comedy duo Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn. They’re based in London, but Helen’s quite Australian, and she joined Nelly and I to tell us how her lockdown’s going, given that she’s been at it about a month longer than us.She’s also got an extra degree of difficulty, in the form of a little relationship fracas that happened at the worst possible moment.Nelly and I will be having Friday night drinks from 6pm live on youtube, again this week, on the Australian True crime podcast channel, and...

Welcome To Hell: Yvie Jones
We caught up with Yvie Jones from Gogglebox and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for a YouTube Livestream on Friday night. Here are some highlights.We’ll be doing it again this Friday from 6pm and we’d love you to join us on the Australian True Crime Podcast YouTube channel.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Welcome to Hell: Essential Services
Locked even further down, whether you're into it or not. Why can't Australian's socially distance? Are bottle shops essential services? How shit is it to work in a supermarket? What's that bastard Kevin done now?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Welcome to Hell #2
Locked even further down, whether you're into it or not. Why can't Australian's socially distance? Are bottle shops essential services? How shit is it to work in a supermarket? What's that bastard Kevin done now? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Welcome to Hell: Family Lockdown
Meshel Laurie is locked in her house with her children and her mother. Nelly Thomas has been home schooling for ages and no one cared until now. Hell is other people, and we could be locked inside with them for a very, very long time. Let's virtually hang out, and at some point secretly drink in the shed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Did Joanna Break The Greens?
Joanna Nilson became a political scandal when her old Facebook posts were sent to the media while she was standing for the Greens in the Victorian State election. When and what can we forgive and forget?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Who Broke Barnaby?
Daily Telegraph journalist Sharri Markson won the 2018 Kennedy Prize for Journalist of the Year her story exposing the Barnaby Joyce affair. The only problem is that the entire story had already been published by David Donovan at Independent Australia, months before. We speak to David about this and the other massive stories he's broken online, his independence enabling him to print the entire truth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Making a Villain, Ken Kratz
Netflix greatest villain Ken Kratz confesses all of his sins, and then lays out, once again, a very compelling case against Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. He also has some interesting new questions for the makers of Making a Murderer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Tully Smythe has a lot on her mind.
I've never paid much attention to reality tv stars or to social media influencers, but there's always been something about Tully Smythe, aka Instagram's @tee_smythe, that I've found compelling. There's always seemed to be a depth there, but I never knew why. Now I do. Tully was 15 and the eldest of 3 kids when her mother was diagnosed with dementia. To this day, the family employs various strategies to cope with the disease.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

How did Lynne Panayiotis end up in that wheelchair?
A couple of weeks ago my sister Sherri said to me, "I reckon my friend Lynne would be a good nitty gritty. She’s in a wheel chair, and she’s very prepared to tell the story of how she ended up in it." Quite simply, I dare you to hear this story and not feel like a complete wimp by the time it’s over. The thing about Lynne though, is that she’s obviously been a bad arse since the day she was born. This ep features beautiful traditional Tibetan music from my friend Tenzin Choegyel and there's lots of his musi...


Mr Josh Thomas
The creator and star of Please Like Me, Josh Thomas ruminates on everything from ADD medication to moving his dog to America and his fears for the outcome of the stupid Same Sex Marriage survey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

MH370 Danica Weeks and the promise to her husband Paul.
Paul Weeks was one of the 227 passengers onboard MH370 when it disappeared. Danica weeks is his wife, and she talks about her life before and since the mystery began.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Dilruk Jayasinha
Sri Lankan/Australian comedian Dilruk is living his dream, making people laugh and working with his idols. He's found the key to maintaining gratitude, but like many of us, he has a few personal obstacles he struggles to overcome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Jody Turner Ghost Hunter
We're back! After a long break to focus on my other podcast, Australian True Crime, it's time to have some interesting conversations about other things, and what a place to start - suburban ghost busting with the big, beautiful, brash personality that is Jody Turner. Be warned, Jody's ghost hunting requires a lot of swearing!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Vale Julia Watson.
What happens at the end of life when cancer finally catches up? For Julia Watson there was a wonderful feeling of being overwhelmed with love. Humanitarian, mature age student, published author, mother and wife Julia passed away on Sunday 18th December 2016. In January of 2015 she was given 6 to 9 months to live, which she managed to stretch out into almost two joy-filled years. Listen to Meshel Laurie speak to Julia from her bedside in a touching conversation about life, love and family, then hear again th...

Final Days And Death Cafés
Let’s talk about the very thing we like to talk about the least. From why we need to teach our kids about it, to what makes a nice death and what happens in your final days. Through conversations with a palliative care nurse who has seen many a last breath and has some eerie ghost stories to share, and a woman who runs ‘death cafés’, Meshel Laurie explores the guts and glory of death. We can’t avoid it (despite our best efforts) so let’s talk about it.Show notesWith thanks to Jenni from The Wellcare Program...


The Child Sex-abuse Survivor Who Fought Back.
Trigger warning: this podcast discusses sexual abuse, mental illness and suicide.From the age of 11, Manny Waks was groomed for sex. The Jewish activist was brought up in an Orthodox-Jewish community and routinely abused. When he was 17, Manny became a whistle-blower on childhood sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. He speaks to Meshel about the effects of his pursuit for justice on his family, plus his exile from Australia and his struggle to keep fighting through the depression.If this podcast b...

Luke Williams Part 2: The Man Who Will Do Anything For A Story.
Last time we heard from Luke Williams, he was talking about that time he moved in with junkies to research addiction to crystal meth. Now he's back with Meshel for Part Two, to talk about his experiences with and as a money boy in Pattaya Thailand, the sex capital of the world, and how he started having sex for money when he was completing his law degree in Melbourne.Luke Williams is a freelance journalist and author of The Ice Age: a journey into crystal meth addiction. Leave comments on Meshel's facebook ...

JonBenét Ramsey's Dad: My Son Is Innocent.
Twenty years on, the case of JonBenet Ramsey's murder remains unsolved. Her mother, Patsy, died in 2006. Now John Ramsey, and his son Burke, are possibly the only two people alive who know what happened to this 6-year old. My interview with John Ramsey goes deep. Into the night when it all unfolded. Into his memories of Jon-Benet as a normal little girl.  To memories of Patsy, and how this mother, and wife, ever managed to move on with her life. How he has no doubt in his mind that there was a killer in the...


Luke Williams: A Journalist Who Became Gripped By Crystal Meth.
When Luke Williams moved in with junkies to research addiction to crystal meth, he had no idea it would go so wrong. He became an addict himself, and his story became one of psychosis, delusions of grandeur, and murderous plots. From the true frontline of the crystal meth epidemic, Luke Williams shares stories from the throes of addiction and his attempts to reconstruct reality. This is part one of the interview with Luke. Look out for part two, which delves into Luke’s experience in Pattaya Thailand, the s...

Emily Webb Goes Inside Australia's Most Chilling Murders.
What makes a murderer? Ask Emily Webb. The true crime writer has been fascinated with murder since she was a kid, and now, she spends her days inside libraries, researching the stories of missing persons and strange deaths. From the woman who chopped her husband's head off and cooked it in a pot, to a nurse whose shift was dubbed "the death shift", she's written for years about the chilling dark heart of Australia. We delve deep into the stories that shocked a nation, the still unsolved murders in quiet Aus...

When Food Is The Enemy.
Atypical anorexia nervosa. Bulimia nervosa. Binge-eating disorder. Purging disorder. Night-eating syndrome.No matter what name you put on it, says Meshel Laurie, everyone with an eating disorder is fighting the same demons. They're just using different tools. On this episode of Nitty Gritty Committee, Meshel talks to a woman who battled debilitating anorexia. J was in denial until she received a call from a surgeon that made her realise: 'this is going to kill you.' Leave comments on Meshel's facebook pageA...


BONUS: Making A Murderer's Ken Kratz On Brendan Dassey Walking Free.
UPDATE: Brendan Dassey, the teenage "accomplice" of convicted murderer Steven Avery has had his conviction overturned. Dassey, who was a 17-year-old with learning difficulties at the time of his imprisonment, must now be re-tried or walk free within 90 days. On the back of this news, Meshel checks in with Ken Kratz, the "villian" of the Making a Murderer documentary. Ken Kratz, the prosecutor who convinced a jury to find Steven Avery guilty of the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. Kratz, who is now writing...

The People Who Flatly Refuse To Be Gay.
Have you heard of gay conversion therapy?It's the thriving industry built around the idea that you can "cure" people of their sexuality. There are hundreds of testimonials online from people who say they once were gay and are now very grateful that that is no longer the case.We don’t hear much about gay conversion therapy in Australia, but it’s definitley happening here. In fact, a friend of mine, Anthony, a comedian and producer, has his own story with gay conversion, right here in Australia...Leave commen...

The Many Conspiracies Of David Icke.
You might have heard of David Icke. He is a former British football player, a BBC presenter, and arguably the world's most famous conspiracy theorist. He calls himself a full time investigator into who, or what, is really controlling the world. He has written 20 books. And he has some pretty incredible theories about what is really going on in the world. Like that the moon is a hollowed-out alien space station and that Hillary Clinton is actually half reptilian. So take a deep breath. Relax. And come with m...


Alain De Botton On How To Love
How do you find 'the one'? You can't. They don't exist, and in fact, you will inevitably marry the wrong person. But, it doesn't spell disaster. Alain de Botton, the Swiss-born, British-based philosopher, says we've been sold a lie about romance and love. He says love is a skill we need to learn; not an essence of life that just 'happens'. In this chat, we talk about what it means to love, how to love better, and question everything we believe to be true about love, romance, marriage, and fidelity. It's pla...

The Joke That Started A Media Storm.
Is rape ever funny? Can you ever joke about violence and abuse? Are there good rape jokes and bad rape jokes? Those are the questions Meshel Laurie wants answered, and in the process, she speaks to Ray Badran, the comedian who was at the centre of a storm about exactly that earlier this year, when a heckling incident at his comedy show went viral.  Leave comments on Meshel's facebook pageAnd her twitter is hereThanks to Ray Badran and Peter Blankeron and Rhys Nicholson. Please leave a review and a rating fo...

The Homeless Are Human, Too.
This Winter, there's a group of Australians who are trying to get arrested. For Melbourne's homeless population, living on the street can be so brutal at this time of year that they would rather be locked up, just to be warm and dry and have some food. In this extraodinary episode of The Nitty Gritty Committee, Meshel Laurie went to the village that recently sprung up around Melbourne Town Hall to talk to people who understand the realities living on the streets. She visits Enterprize Park, the site of an i...


Michael Ware Scares The Shit Out Of Me And I Love It.
WARNING: THIS PODCAST CONTAINS VIOLENT AND EXPLICIT CONTENTMichael Ware was taken by ISIS and survived.The foreign correspondant has been held at gunpoint more than once in his career. He’s seen people killed in front of him. Been almost beheaded and reported on issues that most of us could not comprehend.And he’s come out the other side, through years of PTSD, to tell his story. He joins me to talk about his career, the future of warfare with ISIS and what it was like in the moments he thought he was about...

Kyle Sandilands Is Not The Man You Think He Is.
He's the big bad boy of radio, known for his controversial on-air stunts and offensive comments. But beneath it all, Kyle Sandilands has imposter syndrome and just wants to go to bed early.  In this interview he tells me about his difficult childhood, why he doesn't drink, what happened when he first met Jackie O and how he subsequently engineered them to be the nations most powerful radio duo.  Plus, there's sex, drugs, rock 'n roll, and farm animals. Because this man is nothing it not surprising.Leave com...

Charlie Bezzina Knows What Crime Looks Like.
For 17 years he was one of Victoria's big chiefs; a top homicide detective who investigated over 300 suspicious deaths.He solved murders. Captured serial killers. Investigated baffling disappearances, and knew a dangerous amount about the Melbourne gangland.So what does it take to be a criminal investigator at the highest level?He sits down to talk, in intriguing detail, about some of his most memorable cases including the Melbourne Gang War, Serial Killers Peter Dupas and Paul Denyer, pedophile Mr Cruel an...


Luke McGregor Is Now Great At Sex.
Have you ever seen a man as awkward as Luke McGregor? It was always his calling card as a comedian, but turns out it was a theme that ran through his whole life. Especially, his love life.  He was a 25 year old virgin who would pretend to his friends that sex was something that was regularly going on in his life. But prior to exploring his sexuality on his six-part ABC iview documentary ‘Luke Warm Sex,’ he had actually only had sex twice. Ever. Luke talks to me about the connection between anxiety and mojo ...

Jordan Raskopoulos Is Australia's Transgender Comedy Superstar.
Let's get one thing clear. Jordan Raskopoulos is not a unicorn. Although, hey, she has no judgement if you are.But Jordan is sometimes treated as a unicorn, because she is a transgender woman, AND a member of one of Australia's most successful comedy acts, The Axis of Awesome, who tour worldwide and have had 100 million YouTube hits.Jordan has been in Axis since before, during and after her transition. Jordan talks about how her life has changed since transitioning, how it has affected her role in one of Au...

Comedy #squad Goals
It's the comedy of life with some of the funniest fellas I know. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is underway and I’m more nervous about this festival than I have been since my first festival. To ease my nerves, I’ve organised some chats with a couple of members of my #squad. Tommy Little, Tripod, Al Murray, Peter Helliar, Wil Anderson, Greg Fleet and Dave “Hughesy” Hughes. This year I’m producing a show for someone else which I’ve never done before. It’s the first festival show for a brilliant l...


Susan Carland - Former Baptist
Dr Susan Carland was raised in a similarly Christian, white bread, Anglo environment to mine, so how did she get from there to here?She's married to Waleed Aly. She has two children. And a PHD. So how did she become one half of Australia’s pre-eminent Muslim power couple?In a very honest conversation, Susan speaks about converting to Islam at 19, marrying Waleed and why she chooses to wear the Hijab. Show notes:The Nitty Gritty Committee is hosted by Meshel LaurieTell her your thoughts on her facebook page ...

Making A Murderer: Ken Kratz And The Untold Story
He was the villian of the Making a Murderer documentary. Ken Kratz, the prosecutor who convinced a jury to find Steven Avery guilty of the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. But is the documentary a reasonable account of the case? Kratz unveils evidence left out of the Netflix documentary and says, the other side of the story needs to be told. Show notes:The Nitty Gritty Committee is hosted by Meshel LaurieTell her your thoughts on her facebook page  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informati...


Behind Closed Doors.
Domestic Violence is Australia's biggest problem that we try to ignore .It ruins relationships, families, lives and can impact our next generation.Sarah Ferguson is a journalist who has been researching what goes on in Australia's home. The results are saddening, shocking and most of all disturbing.Andrew is a former abuser. He is guilty, he knows he is but he is also racked with guilt, or is that just the sign of an abuser?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Club Nobody Wants To Be In.
Annette and Stuart Baker and Frank and Alley Barret are members of a terrible club.  Both families lost teenage children to suicide.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Life Cycle Of Prison.
Author and journalist James Phelps talks about his book Australia’s Most Murderous Prison, Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail, and we hear from a former inmate about the reality of living in the prison system.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Julia Watson Keeps Smiling.
Julia Watson is many things, a humanitarian, a mature age student, a published author, a mother, a wife.  Most recently though her life and her identity have been consumed by cancer.  In January of 2015 she was given 6 to 9 months to live, which she has happily surpassed, but there are no miracles on the horizon for Julia.    She’s written a book called Breakfast, School Run, Chemo, which is every bit as honest, confronting, brilliant and hilarious as she is.  Prepare to be dazzled by Julia Watson.    See ...

Camilla Severi - From BB To AA
Camilla was one of the stand out personalities of Australian Big Brother.  She fell in love with the gay farmer, she was nomintated every week and she was at the centre of a scandalous scenario in which two of her fellow housemaites were kicked off the show.  She was a proper wild child, even after she had a child, and she's still got a few surprises up her sleeve, including a ripping Ed Shearan yarn.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Marc Maron
Marc Maron is arguably the world's most influential podcaster.  He's also been doing stand up comedy for over 20 years, and this conversation wanders into some classic comedian territory of jealousy and low self-esteem.  We chat about the Louis CK "issue", which is fascinating, touching and awkaward as hell.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Organ Donation Gets Real As Hell.
Megan is alive because of organ donation.  Michelle and Jon’s 3 year old son is not.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Justin Hamilton - Everyone's BFF?
Justin Hamilton is the hardest working comedy man in showbiz.  He is also Australian comedy's most popular best friend.  What's really going on with Hammo?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Linda Buller, Accidental Hero Of Bali's Lost Dogs.
Linda Buller's life has taken many twists and turns.  It's lead her to the selfless service of some of the mangiest creatures on Earth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


John Edward - Crossing Over
15 years ago was addicted to John Edward's show "Crossing Over" in which he gave psychic readings to a live audience.  It was on daily on channel 10, and I didn't have much going on in my life!  I spoke to him ahead of his next Australian tour which happens in November 2015.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Rachel Berger - Child Too Strong, Of Broken Parents.
Rachel Berger is one of the most influential comedians Australia has ever produced and every female comedian working today owes her a great debt of gratitude.  Rachel is also the child of Holocaust survivors which goes a long way to explaining her tenacity and anxiety.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

David Walliams - Children's Author
Of course I love David Walliams' comedy, but I only recently discovered I love his kids books too!  This conversation was recorded live at the Atheneum Theatre in Melbourne in front of an audience of excited young readers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Aamer Rahman - Wrong Comedy Cop?
Aamer Rahman has a certain reputation in Australian comedy circles.  What is it?  Is it deserved? What's he going to do about it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Kerry Tucker - Former Women's Prison Inmate.
He used to give me roses... Kerry Tucker was a "normal" working mum living in Melbourne's leafy outer suburbs until she was arrested for stealing from her employers.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Cameron Daddo - 22 Years Making A Life And Sometimes A Living In Hollywood.
80s dream boat, 90s leading man, millenial mainstay - Cameron Daddo should've been an overnight success, instead he's a bonafide journeyman, with more credits to his name than the entire Hemsworth family put together.  Cam is making it work and keeping the faith in the toughest talent pool on the planet.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Adam Richard
Adam Richard is one of my oldest friends. We met on the stand up circuit about 21 years ago and in many ways our careers have travelled similar paths. One big difference is that Adam’s been known to dabble in the dark world of celebrity reality television, which I don’t understand frankly, although I do love hearing about it afterwards and there’s plenty of that in this chat. Who’d have thought “Celebrity Splash” would’ve lead to a life changing personal epiphany, but in this case it did!  See acast.com/pr...


Samuel Johnson
It's a life that's been punctuated by unlikeliness.   From his "discovery" in the school play, to the unreasonable frequency with which tragedy has come to call, when it comes to actor Samuel Johnson, it's always something, and yet, he considers himself lucky.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Lex And Tyson
Lex and Tyson are bona fide Aussie diggers. Lex spent most of World War 2 running a cholera “hospital” on the Burma Railway line as a prisoner of the Japanese. Tyson served in Afghanistan because joining the army and testing himself in battle was his dream. PTSD did him in, and he’s now a member of the mates4mates network that supports returned servicemen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Nazeem Hussain, Ronnie Chieng & Andy Saunders
These three dudes are Ronny Cheng, Nazeem Hussain and Andrew Saunders, (no link – man of mystery). They are funny, funny, funny and they joined me live onstage during the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. We talked about the process of becoming famous comedians, which all of them are living through right now, and the topic of racism was raised and deftly handled once or twice.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Stephanie Hirst
I spoke to Stephanie Hirst just six weeks after she’d announced to the world that she was a woman. She’d previously been a man named Simon, and had carved out a fine career for herself in radio. She’d actually started her career at the age of 12, making tea for announcers, and began pulling graveyard shifts on air at 16. She loved radio with all her might, and eventually created an enviable profile and career for herself, but she was tormented by her gender dysphoria. In late 2014 she risked everything to s...

Alan Brough
Comedian, actor, writer, father, music-lover and elusive chanteuse – Alan Brough is many things to many people. To me, he is a lovely old friend who can always be counted on for a an entertaining and evocative chat. Nobody converses quite like Alan. He’ll insist he has nothing to say, but he’ll say it all night long. He’s expansive and intimate all at once. He listens with the polite intensity of hungry owl. I think he’s the bee’s knees, and I very much enjoyed recording this podcast with him, by a big wind...

Camilla Cleese
Camilla Cleese, daughter of Monty Python comedy royalty John Cleese and Fawlty Towers star Connie Booth, joins Meshel to talk drugs, addiction, therapy, stand up comedy and her famous family.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Missing Persons
35,000 Australians go missing every year. 95% of them are located pretty quickly. But the other 5% are not found. Where are they? Why do they leave? And why don't they come home? Meshel speaks to families who have been consumed by their missing realitives, including Lauren O'Keefe, the sister of Dan O'Keefe, who has been missing since 2011.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Working Girl - Madison Missina
I worked as a receptionist in various brothels around Melbourne in the late 1990s. I probably graced the phones, laundries and condom bins of about 10 different places all up, so I feel as though I got a pretty good picture of the local industry as a whole in that time. This year I started searching for someone to school me in the brave new world of the sex industry. To catch me up on what I’d missed and to help to understand how I’d got it so wrong when I blithely shared my thoughts with the world. I found...

Osher Gunsberg Gets Realer Than Real.
Osher Gunsberg is one of those people everyone seems to have an opinion about. This is what he thinks of himself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....