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Mel Buttle

Sometimes getting exactly what you want leaves you crippled with anxiety on the floor of a hotel shower.

At least, that’s what happened to Mel Buttle when she landed her first gig at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A cripplingly shy child, Mel found solace in high school drama, regaling her classmates with impersonations of sheep shearers and her dad. She later earned her comedy stripes, yelling dirty jokes over boozed-up footy fans and finally found her voice in front of a ramshackle crowd at the Newmarket Hotel. It would be a while yet until she scored her dream gig, and even then, she couldn’t believe it.

You can listen to the podcast episode below or download the transcript here.

Where I Belong is proudly presented by Museum of Brisbane.
Where I Belong is written and produced on Turrabul and Yaggera land by Wendy Love.
Museum of Brisbane acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land and pays its respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Thanks to Dylan Ransom-Hughes for doing the final mix on this episode. Special thanks to Louise Martin-Chew. Theme music by Blue Dot Sessions.

About Mel Buttle

MEL BUTTLE is a hilarious bundle of contradictions. Since her first solo show in 2010, which scored her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Mel has been going from strength to strength on the Australian live comedy circuit. She has also performed her own TEDxBrisbane talk, co-hosted The Great Australian Bake Off and written for several television shows. This year, Mel was a contestant on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and is the Australian Team Captain on new SBS comedy quiz show, Patriot Brains, hosted by the legendary Bill Bailey.
Mel Buttle. Photo: Adam Hedgecoe. 

About Wendy Love

WENDY LOVE (host + producer) is a journalist, audio producer, and storyteller who has worked in Australia and the United States. Born in California, Wendy was a reporter and producer for NPR affiliate Houston Public Radio (USA). Her work also aired on American Public Media’s Marketplace. She first came to Australia in 2003 and, in recent years, produced The Art Show for ABC’s Radio National and a blog relating stories of non-profit and social enterprises. Wendy lives in inner Brisbane, the longest place she’s ever called home.

Photo: Wendy Love.

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