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A who’s who list of Australian movers and shakers was on display when I attended the taping of The Darren Sanders Show at the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Redfern, Sydney, Australia, this past weekend. This season of the talk show set to be broadcast on FOXTEL Aurora starting Sunday, January 31, features 12 episodes with guests ranging from authors and actors, to athletes and musicians.
I got to see four 30-minute episodes taped in one night, and segments included an interview and musical performance by actor and band frontman Mark Lee, performances by stand-up comedians Christina Van Look and Jacques Barrett, and interviews with writers Dan Ilic and Jo Abi, wake board world record holder Amber Wing, comedian and musician Dave Eastgate and actress and producer Matilda Brown. With hype man Al Del Bene bantering with the crowd in between segments, there was never a dull moment.
I loved the diversity of the roster on the stage, including the comedic chops of host and comedian Darren Sanders. He, along with his guests, never stopped with the witticisms, and the stories told on stage — from a smoking incident involving Metallica and an apple, by Eastgate, to the reenactment of wake boarding tricks using a doll by Wing — were highly entertaining. The show could compete with my American fave The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, despite the small budget. I could see the program getting picked up by a larger network and was impressed by the professionalism of the talent.
For more information on The Darren Sanders Show, head here.