Q&A Scene: Jonathon Duffy


Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My show Versatile Bitch is about all the skills I’ve accumulated as a human being who happens to also be a performer. It’s a bit of a pisstake on myself and the industry. I know how do do lots of things because I could never land that leading man role I dreamed of as a child and because of that struggle I have become the versatile performer I am today.

How would you describe your sound in food form  and why?
Ooh that’s a tough one. I think Hommus. It’s the switzerland of food, it’s kosher, hallal, vegan, gluten free, it doesn’t offend anyone and just wants to make people happy.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?
In this show I would say the song “Just one more.” it’s about addiction, mainly to booze and about the bullshit we sometimes tell ourselves when we try to quit something. I’ll do it tomorrow, but I’ll just have one more.”

Any on the road anecdotes?
I once performed the first ten minutes of a show as Joel Creasey. I get compared to him all the time and at this one gig, a punter thought I was him and had come a long way to see “him” so I felt bad and went along with it. Eventually though I had to let it slip that I wasn’t joel creasey. I have a song about being compared to him in the show too.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
My life, I use anything and everything I’ve been through. When it’s the comedy it’s usually stuff I’ve dealt with and am fine using, the darker stuff is usually more raw and I only share it so that maybe someone in the audience doesn’t have to go through it themself.

What’s next for you?
It’s a big year for me. I’m taking my last show “Without Me, I’m Nothing” to Perth and New Zealand, then I will start touring Versatile Bitch. I’ve also been working in putting together a comedy album. Then there’s also the cabaret gigs and anything else that might make a buck. In the words of Miss Spears, betta werk bitch.

What’s your scene?
All the kids who weren’t cool at school and still aren’t. Those people who didn’t manage to become awesome artists and uber hip performers. The raggy dolls who never found a way to make their raggy doll-ness work for them. We’re all sitting together on the school oval eating our ham and cheese sandwiches, talking about how we never really got “Breaking Bad” or “The Wire”.

About Jonathon Duffy

Accomplished actor, award-winning filmmaker and stand-up comic Jonathon Duffy is no stranger to the performing arts. His impressive range of skills and experiences have made him one Versatile Bitch – and this Midsumma Festival he is bringing these skills and qualities to bare in a one-hour cabaret show.

As a child Jonathan Duffy had dreams of one day becoming a leading man. Now in his early-mid-to-late-twenties, he has realised that waiting is no longer an option, so he’s written himself into the leading role in his debut cabaret, Versatile Bitch.

Versatile Bitch opens on the 20th of January and runs for 6 nights. Bookings recommended.

Show Details
Dates: 20th January – 25th of February
Time: 8pm (Tue, Wed & Sun) 9pm (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Cost: $30-38
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne 3000
Ticket link: https://thebutterflyclub.com/show/versatile-bitch

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