Q&A Scene: Ben Pobjie


Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My new show, Poetry For The Elite, is at the Butterfly Club March 14-15. It is an intense exploration of the human psyche and man’s relationship to nature through the medium of poems and unsettling body language. The jokes are extremely funny, but only to those who understand them. If you do not laugh, it is clearly your own fault. Hence “Elite”.

[pullquote]What’s next for you?
A long, soulful gaze into the distance.[/pullquote]How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
I sound like a lasagna, but not a normal lasagna. I sound like a lasagna that was made in an airless room fifty miles below ground, by a geologist who hates his job and dreams of a better life. The sound of that lasagna being hurled at a labrador – this is my sound

Which song resonates most strongly and why?
My song “Bees” is the most poignant of my repertoire. It powerfully transmits the eternal truth: times change and friendships come and go, but always bees wish to attack you.

Any on the road anecdotes?
Once I found a Salsa’s loyalty card on the road. It was amazing.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
A deep well in my backyard at the bottom of which squats a wise toad. He sends up notes and punctuation corrections

What’s next for you?
A long, soulful gaze into the distance.

What’s your scene?
Act III, Scene VI of King Lear. A tense and gripping scene wherein the ageing king informs his three daughters that they have all been accepted as contestants on Family Feud.

About Ben Pobjie

Pobjie is the daily TV writer for the Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and his columns have also appeared in New Matilda, The Drum, SBS News, The Roar, King’s Tribune and others. He has written for the ABC’s Reality Check and Channel 7’s The Unbelievable Truth.

He has been a frequent guest on ABC radio, Triple R, 3CR and 2SER. He is the author of the books Superchef, Surveying the Wreckage, and The Book of Bloke.

Probably the funniest person in Australia” – the Bedroom Philosopher

Show Details

Dates: 14th-15th of March
Time: 7pm (sat) 6pm (Sun)
Cost: $25-32
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne 3000
Ticket link: thebutterflyclub.com/

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