Image courtesy of Nadine Sparks
Read to find out why you should see Nadine’s show ‘Teacher’…
The Australia Times (TAT): When did you start comedy?
Nadine Sparks (NS): Five years ago
TAT: Where was your first gig and how did it go?
NS: I did a stand-up course. I developed a tight five then performed at The Exford. That place is still close to my heart. That gig went really well.
TAT: Why do you like comedy?
NS: I love expressing myself, I love talking, and I love making people laugh.
TAT: What are your days like?
NS: I’m a full-time high school drama teacher.
TAT: How do you come up with your material?
NS: Mostly true stuff, I write a lot but I also love improv. I really love having that space, but as a stand-up comedian you really need to be able to do both- have a tight five as well.
TAT: Who are your favourite comedians?
NS: I love Jen Kirkman- an American comedian, Damien Power, Anne Edmonds, Xavier Michelides. I really love the pajama men, there one of my favourite acts to see at Festivals. I like Amy Schumer, and used to love Joan Rivers.
TAT: How would you describe your comedy style?
NS: Very animated, I like to play a couple of characters, and use physicality. I do character comedy- I’ve done a couple of shows where I play lots of characters.
TAT: “Comedians are damaged people” discuss…
NS: I would say I am yeah- I’m quite sensitive. I sometimes wish I was someone who could have met someone, had children and moved to the suburbs. But that’s not me at all. I’m hungry for so much. I really like to be out there and doing stuff all the time. I think comedians are damaged but they also have a lot to share. I admire anyone that has the guts to put themselves out there in any art form.
TAT: What’s been a favourite moment on stage?
NS: I really love my own hour, I just love smashing it in front of a big audience, when the whole room is buzzing.
TAT: Do you like audience interaction?
NS: Yes. Only because I’m really inquisitive and I really want to know people
TAT: Do you feel like it’s you on stage or a character?
NS: Both. There’s a character I draw to but she’s all me. She’s the most extended version of me.
TAT: Where do you perform?
NS: I perform about 7-8 times a week. I run a room at The Flying Duck in Prahan, and do a lot of work at Speakeasy HQ.
TAT: Okay, tell us about your show- ‘Teacher’
NS: I’m really excited about it, it’s all about teaching and some fun stories that I want to share. It’s a feel good show for teachers as well, I want them to leave feeling good about themselves.
TAT: Why should people come and see it?
NS: I think it’s a really relatable show. Everyone goes to school but you never really know what the teachers perspective is. I think it’s an interesting concept- how in charge I am of these kids and so much of their life. The stuff I’ve shown of this show so far people have loved. I’m a really friendly performer.
TAT: What’s your favourite object?
NS: A pen
You can see ‘Teacher’…
When: 10th-13th of April & 18th-22nd April
Where: Tasma Terrace
Tickets: $20- $25
Information: Venue has no wheelchair access