Kelly Fastuca’s secrets to comedy, podcasting and New York: “Don’t die.”
Stand up comedian Kelly Fastuca needs an adult. Or at least, that’s the title of her show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After living in New York for a few years, surviving multiple natural disasters and starting her own podcast, we think Kelly’s pretty successful at adulthood. We asked her a few questions about podcasting, comedy and New York.
You’ve recently started a podcast called Get Your Hand Off It. What’s that all about?
Anything, I like sitting around with my funny friends and talking trash to each other. I like when things get uncomfortable and I have to grill the answer out of them, its super fun. Normally the conversation goes down a sexual hole, normally I start it.
What led you to start the podcast?
When I was working in NYC, I started getting asked to be on podcasts, and then started being a regular on YKWD with Robert Kelly. That show opened up an enormous amount of doors for me in podcasting and in the comedy clubs.
You’ve also appeared as a guest on quite a few podcasts, including New York based ones like You Know What Dude and Melbourne based ones like I Love Green Guide Letters. What are the differences between American podcasts and Australian ones?
Americas tend to trash each other a lot more, and then is more openness to talk about taboo things, which is probably why I always take the show down a dirty hole. Australians are nice, it’s all la la la jokes and you and whatever’s left of your ego can relax a little.
After four years of living in New York, what prompted the move back to Melbourne?
A number of things. I didn’t want to come home for as long as I did, it was only to go to my best friends wedding, but I started having some health issues (America has terrible heath care), then I got into a few Australian festivals, so thought why not come home, have family time and work at the same time. But I miss New York terribly.
What do you miss about the New York comedy scene?
The stage time and the pop ins. You can get up so much in NYC and get a joke strong so quickly; gigs can sometimes be far apart in Melbourne. And getting offstage at Gotham, walking upstairs to see Jerry Seinfeld to do a set is stupid amazing; he is such a big part of my sense of humour, but I was too scared to say hello.
Your show write up mentions how much crazy weather you’ve survived – what’s your secret?
Don’t die. Wear a sleeping bag for 5 months. Borrow rent money off your parents when a hurricane shuts off power at your work for a month.
If you were in a disaster movie, what would the disaster be, and what would the film be called?
Just punching people who made fun of my accent or correcting ‘shop’ with ‘store.’
I Need an Adult is the title of your Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. What constitutes an adult exactly? At what point did you decide you needed one?
Someone who can open a pill bottle with taking off skin and swearing to the son of god.
And I’ve never stopped. I still believe someone just needs to remind me to go before we leave the house or I might wee myself.
What’s your favourite childhood memory?
My uncle got his hands on 27 containers of kiwi fruit ice-cream. We didn’t ask questions nor the truck it fell off.
If you had to recommend a show that was stylistically similar to yours, who’s show would it be?
Celia Paquola. She is my best friend and we have the same sense of humor, she is as much as a nut bag as me. Or Geraldine Hickey. Or Bart Freebairn. Tommy Dassalo also. Not as much similar but more fantastic and a great investment to see live.
Kelly Fastuca’s show I Need an Adult has previews on 26th and 27th March, and shows from 28th March to 19th April. Get tickets from the MICF website, trybooking.com, or at the door.