On the Couch with Tory Kendrick

Tory Kendrick AAR On the CouchWho is Tory Kendrick?
Just a girl with a dildo in her carry-on suitcase because the more expensive airfare wasn’t in the show budget… if you want to know why I put myself through that awkward airport security encounter, you’ll have to come to the show!

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I could go back in time, I would have bought a house when I was 9 instead of attending year 3. 

Who inspires you and why?
Artists are a whole new breed of people who inspire me each and every day. As someone who works in the arts industry while having a muggle job on the side, the juxtaposition between performers/creatives and ‘regular people’ is astounding to me. My fellow arts workers are ambitious beyond compare, constantly breaking through barrier after barrier and some of the hardest workers you will ever meet. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by these people who just ‘get it’ and inspire me to always be a better version of myself. 

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I wish I could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles and we could all eat it and be happy. 

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Paris will forever be my favourite place. When I was 19, I did a big solo trip around Europe and when I got to Paris right at the end, we did the most beautiful night time tour of all the sights before stopping at the Eiffel Tower. I remember just feeling all the feels while I stood below this marvel looking up and watched as it twinkled in the night sky. I stood there thinking about achieving something that SO many people had told me I wouldn’t be able to do, which was tour around Europe by myself. I think about this every time I take on a new adventure and push myself to perform in new and exciting destinations.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Now I’m not from Melbourne, but I hear there is this really incredible show at the Comedy Festival called Somebody to Love (wink wink). Rumour has it, the girl who wrote it is hilarious and can sing her face off. 

What are you currently reading?
I’m reading Tapestries of a Kingdom which was written by a local WA independent Author, Michele Gould. It’s profound and I can’t recommend it enough. 

What are you currently listening to?
My Spotify is in shambles. My day list today was ‘television soundtrack cover’ which is so oddly specific, but it was full of BOPS.

Happiness is?
Those ‘you really had to be there’ moments.

What does the future hold for you?
So many more shows! I’m so looking forward to touring year after year with new material, new shows and new friends. I’m learning so much along the way and it’s been such a wonderful journey so far.  

Tory presents Somebody to Love at The Motley Bauhaus, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, until 10 April 2024. For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Tory Kendrick (supplied)