On the Couch with Grant Buse

Grant Buse - photo by Jacinta OatenWho is Grant Buse?
Hopefully the name of the act you will see at this years’ Melbourne Fringe Festival! Grant Busé an Aussie musical comedian and pun enthusiast who relishes the opportunity to talk in the third person. He’s cheeky, positive, and loves writing and touring shows that entertain and educate.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Have a bigger budget? They say money doesn’t buy happiness but it does make festival comedy shows a lot easier to put on. Which in turn helps spread happiness. So, money does somewhat buy happiness.

Who inspires you and why?
Tim Minchin really inspired me to get into musical comedy. He’s a pioneer of the art form and really opened my mind to the possibilities and potential of the genre.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Put all military budgets into education and make Taco Tuesday compulsory. I’d also like to build a wall between everyone and Trump.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Pai in Northern Thailand. It’s this remote musician village in the mountains with hot springs, waterfalls, wild elephants, a canyon, history, great food and some of the best live music gigs you will ever see.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Alleyway brunch in Melbourne city. Like many performers and men with hair long enough to make a top knot, I really love coffee. When I moved to Melbourne from Brisbane seven years ago I just couldn’t believe how many places there were to get good coffee and brekkie. I’ve travelled a lot, but no one does it better than Melbourne.

What are you currently reading?
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov.

What are you currently listening to?
Gregory Porter. Go buy his album now! It’s as if his voice is giving you a big hug while feeding you chocolate fondue.

Happiness is?
Money… and call back jokes. Also Nutella!

What does the future hold for you?
A lot of touring hopefully. I will be hitting up all the major festivals around oz and then head over to Europe again next year. I’m also looking at creating a student version of The Birds And The Beats to tour to schools to teach Sex Ed.

Grant is presenting The Birds and The Beats – a probing one hour show about Sex Education – at the Wonderland Spiegeltent as part of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe until 24 September. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au or www.grantbuse.com for details.

Image: Grant Buse – photo by Jacinta Oaten