3 Minutes and 52 Seconds with Wil Anderson

By intern April 1, 2013


The man with the multitude of jokes about the male appendage (sorry, we don’t want to get in trouble with your spam filter) Wil Anderson has been making us laugh for quite some time now. He used to wake us up on Triple J with Adam Spencer, he was one third of the brilliance that was The Glasshouse, he is the host of The Gruen Transfer/Planet/Nation/Sweat and is one of the main reasons the Logies banned Twitter. Aside from all that, Wil likes to stand on stage with a mic and a beer and tell us about his life. If you’re keen to laugh at him slash with him (even he catches himself off guard sometimes), check out his show GoodWil at the Melbourne Comedy Festival HERE.

Wil recently took time out from patting his cats and raiding the hotel mini-bar to spend 3 minutes and 52 second with us.

Who? Doctor. Oh you mean who am I? I thought this was word association. Bow ties are cool.  What do you do? Tell dick jokes to strangers for cash.  City you call home?  I live out of a suitcase. Like a ventriloquist dummy. Complete with hand up arse.  The best thing about being you right now? I have a podcast that I love called TOFOP (currently FOFOP, but that’s a long story).  Tea or coffee? Thanks, I’ll have a coffee. Soy milk. Or tea. Whatever is going. I enjoy a warm beverage.  Ideal number of cats? I have three, which is one away from a story on A Current AffairLife changing record? The Cure: Boys Don’t CryWhat inspires you? Trying to be better at what I do, that and a hideous mortgage and my lack of other skills.  If not telling jokes where can we find you? Somewhere that no-one can find me.  I’m buying drinks, what’s your poison? Beer, wine, white spirits… but I am not fussy if you are buying… do you have any weed?  Best record right now? I found it hard to go past Tame Impala’s Lonerism for album of the year.  One song to guarantee a private car sing-along? Practically any rap song from the 80s or early nineties.  Cat Power or Cat Stevens? Power. Great muso and as a man with three cats how can I go past a name like Cat Power?  Childhood crush? That tennis lady with no undies from the poster in my Uncle’s pool room.  Coolest person you’ve ever met? Louis CK and the Dalai Lama: In that order.  Winona Ryder: Hot or Not? Reality Bites, hot. Stealing stuff from shops, not.  Favourite, quirky possession? There is not much room in a suitcase for a quirky possession.  Boxers or briefs? None of the above…  Guilty pleasure? Dance/singing movies. I’ve watched Pitch Perfect three times on recent flights. I’m a teen girl.  First gig? Ratcat supporting INXS. My first gig, out the back of The Espy where they now film Rockwiz.  First record? Beastie Boys: Licensed To IllThere’s a mini, five-band festival at yours, who’s playing? Arcade Fire, Radiohead, The Pixies, The Cure and NIN.  Tell us one odd thing we don’t know? There are ten times as many germs on your steering wheel than in your toilet.  Two minute noodles, Mac & Cheese or baked beans on toast?  You’ve just described my diet for the first two years I did comedy. Now, Mac and Cheese.  Worst. Movie. Ever? It would be hard to go past The Green LanternYou and the other half are breaking up, which record do you fight over? I’d get to keep the Aussie hip-hop without a fight…  It’s Christmas Eve – Die Hard or Home Alone? Die Hard. Even Die Hard 2, I have a soft spot for Dennis Franz.  What’s on your rider? Booze. Assorted.  Most diva-like demand? At Gruen they get me a cup of coffee whenever I want one. It’s hardly Motley Crue’s The DirtMost embarrassing stage moment? Some on the internet would suggest my entire career.  The world’s ending and Denzel Washington is nowhere in sight – what do you do? I’m relieved. I have a really busy week next week and I am not sure I’m going to get it all done.  If you could be any cartoon character, what would it be? Meg from Family Guy. But just because that would mean Mila Kunis was my voice. That’s hot.  Favourite shower croon? Yes, that’s what I am doing in the shower, singing.  Song most likely to get you onto the dance floor? I have osteoarthritis in my hips, so if I try to dance the bone-on-bone causes fires.  Earliest musical memory? I still have a soft spot for Neil Diamond after Mum kept playing Hot August Night as a kid.  When I grow up, I want to be….? Dead, I don’t have any super.  What are you doing after answering these questions? Probably something Batman related…