On the Couch with Kanen Breen

Kanen-Breen-AAR-OTCWho is Kanen Breen?
I am a father, entertainer and realist.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I was warned going into the arts that there is no money, and I didn’t believe them. They were right, I was wrong.

Who inspires you and why?
My child (and anyone who has a child), my colleagues and anyone who peruses their creative impulsive as a living. Parenting and performing are very similar in so many ways, it’s all about problem solving and thinking creatively.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would ban assault rifles in the US.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I can’t afford holidays (never have been able to) but one of the perks of my job is having someone else pay me to tour the world on their dime. My favourites have been London, New York and Kununurra.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
In Melbourne, the Dandenongs and in Sydney the Blue Mountains. They both share the alure of fresh air, Devonshire tea and great op shopping.

What are you currently reading?
The updated script for the Melbourne season of the Marvellous Elephant Man: The Musical.

What are you currently listening to?
Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan, Rickie Lee Jones, Kate Bush, Phoebe Snow, Philip Glass and Renée Geyer.

Happiness is?

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t care, as long as I have one!

Kanen stars as Dr Frederick Treves in The Marvellous Elephant Man: The Musical – which plays Chapel Off Chapel, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 18 – 23 April 2023. For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Kanen Breen (supplied)