On the Couch with Kate Dehnert

MICF Moosehead Kate Dehnert photo by James PenlidisWho is Kate Dehnert?
A comedian who likes to put on energetic/psychedelic/irreverent shows. I’ve received some pretty good reviews in the past and this year I’m lucky enough to be a Moosehead recipient. The only way is up! But also down. I had a friend who got their leg stuck in a fence once and they got a lot of attention for it. I’m considering the same idea. Seems like good PR.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
This is an awfully personal question… Maybe not join that cult all those years ago? I mean, the yoga stuff was great but also the pact was probably a bad decision.

Who inspires you and why?
Anyone who can create bold works and make them seem simple/easy.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Slow walkers to the left, fast walkers to the right.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere. I will take a holiday anywhere. I enter competitions all the time. I’m not above a competition.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Melbourne Wheel so they can see what happens when optimism has too much control over a situation.

What are you currently reading?
I’m just about to open Jennifer Saunders book Bonkers: My Life in Laughs.

What are you currently listening to?
The neighbour’s jackhammer. I wouldn’t say it’s easy listening.

Happiness is?
Living in a jackhammer-less world.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t know. Do you? If you know, you have to tell me. It’s not another pact is it?

Bursting onto the scene, Kate Dehnert’s high-energy and wildly original performances earned her rave reviews, sold-out shows and comparisons to the Mighty Boosh. In 2015 she was one of Pedestrian.tv’s picks for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, appeared on Triple J’s Good Az Friday and has performed at Splendour in the Grass and Women of Letters.

Kate recently became a recipient of a 2016 Moosehead Award and can be seen regularly performing in Melbourne. Her latest show, Shabamalam will be presented as part of the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 24 March – 17 April. For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Kate Dehnert – photo by James Penlidis