Amelia Jane Hunter – Dear Endora : MICF Interview
Although the show is billed as Amelia Jane Hunter, it is her alter ego Endora you will be meeting should you head down to her latest Melbourne International Comedy Festival show.
Sydney-based Darwin comic Hunter has created the agony aunt character to help you out with any queries or conundrums you might have, all answered with dry and caustic honesty and amusing verbosity. Endora frequently breaks the WPM barrier (that’s ‘Words Per Minute…’).
“Dear Endora is all about an Agony Aunt who answers letters from societies forlorn by day and taxidermies neighbourhood cats by night” Hunter explains about her 2011 MICF effort.
“She challenges the charlatans hiding in plain sight within the healing industry with their questionable ‘therapies’, Sorbolene creams and midnight hands.
She’s plays the bad cop/really bad cop and doesn’t believe in holding back from saying it how it is. She’s also quite a unique dancer with a penchant for pinot noir”.
Originally from Darwin and now based in Sydney, Hunter explains in but a few words what prompted the move from the blistering north to the cosmopolitan south: “Prickly heat, facial hair and big people in bike pants”
Although it seems a tired hat, I am always interested in the female perspective and experience when it comes to comedy; although it seems embarrassingly ancient now, that 1980s cliché of women not being funny still remains in some more ignorant circles. Such as it is.
So I tend to ask a lot of female comedians what their take on the unfortunate gender divide is. Hunter answered with her trademark sprightliness: “It’s all in the bone structure. You’ve got funny ones or you don’t; nothing to do with boobs or dangly bits”
Finally, the important question that I know you’re all waiting for: Amelia, which Beatle do you think would win in a fight?
“All of them” she replies. “They’ve enough money to afford security and body guards to take any blows for them”