No, Chris, no (^). Not every alluring smile conceals a diabolical villain! And besides, Emperor Palpatine wasn't even good-looking. Tegan's not a Sith, or...bounty hunter, or whatever. In fact, complete opposite. Cos whether it's 'Neighbours', 'Molly', 'Upper Middle Bogan', or 'Oddball', Tegan Higginbotham can raise her hand. Since bursting onto the scene in '05 (where she reached the finals of MICF's 'Class Clown Competition'), one lightspeed voyage for this young jedi. Triumphant career by anyone's standards - except perhaps her own. Yet to snatch a sci fi role, feeling somewhat unfulfilled.
c/o Tegan Higginbotham
Nevertheless, roles alongside Deborah Mailman, Shane Jaconson, Ryan Corr, not to mention sports-writing for The Sunday Age, this Star Wars buff (in case you were confused by those weird references) should feel proud. However, perhaps useful she's set her sights high. As with buckets of charisma, and creative flair, such aspirations provide that extra space to expand. Observing her brilliant performances, entertaining columns, generous interviews (including a last-minute Q&A before the festival - provided below), she's warmhearted, easy to get along with, and asset to any project - so get your butt into gear, Hollywood.
c/o Tegan Higginbotham
Tegan's upcoming Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show, 'The City of Love', marks her tenth consecutive showing. Consistently braving the spotlight for one (jam-packed) decade, Tegan's finally baring all. Calm down, not 'Full Monty' style. Rather, a candid, humorous account of her quest to have it all. From what I've gathered (through highly-highly-specialized analysis), employing Paris as a symbolic backdrop to represent her career. That is, despite a seeming picnic, achieving the ultimate is perhaps a mirage(?) As, contrasting to widespread perception, Paris sorta smells like pee.
Here's our (yes, slightly lengthy) Q&A, followed by the giveaway to 'The City of Love (for Good Friday's preview show):
First and foremost, do you think Han Solo should've died?
As far as I'm concerned this is the same as asking if cookies should lose their chocolate chips, or if The X-Files would be just as good without the rampant sexual tension between Scully and Mulder. No! Absolutely not!
Here's what should have happened instead: Han should have made up with Princess Leia and then asked her to come back and travel around in the Millennium Falcon with he and Chewie for the rest of eternity solving Sherlock Holmes-style mysteries in a new series called "Happy Space Friends and the Mysterious Case of WHY HAN SHOULDN'T HAVE DIED".
Given your brimming résumé, including: stage & screen, award nominations/wins, writing for the Sunday Age, you've already achieved what many would be quite content with. Is there any "uncharted territory" yet to be pursued?
My dream was always to be an action movie star like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens or Linda Hamilton in The Terminator. And although I have had to use a flame thrower and grapple with the intricacies of inter-dimentional time travel at several stand up comedy gigs in recent years, I haven't satisfied my dream entirely just yet.
You've been in numerous productions, including films 'Oddball' and 'The Heckler', and TV programs 'Neighbours', 'Upper Middle Bogan', and 'Molly'. Not to mention, this is your tenth consecutive year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I was wondering, is your preparation the same for all?
Actually, it's always different. And for someone like me, who enjoys an ever-changing work environment, this is a source of great joy. However one thing is always the same, and that is that preparation always involves a huge team of people. Whether it's the brilliant costume ladies on Molly helping squish me into my tiny, 70's jeans, or the group of friends I force to sit in my lounge room to watch trial runs of my show before Comedy festival kicks off - there's always a whole bunch of people involved.
Your upcoming MICF show 'The City of Love' has already received positive feedback. After a solid decade of MICF performances, where do you find continued inspiration?
It tends to change from year to year. In the past, I've found inspiration in sport-based subject matter such as boxing (I've had a couple of pro-rules fights) and Brendan Fevola (who I based my show 'Touched By Fev" on entirely). This year, I'm taking inspiration from The City of Love itself; Paris. You see, my dream when I was younger was to one day travel to Paris and fall in love. But as anyone who's been to Paris will know, that city has a way of absolutely kicking you're arse. So this year one of my goals has been to write an exceptionally joyful show, based on a disaster of a dream. Your show 'The City of Love' is about "Paris, cake, and the difficulties we face as adults when we decide to chase our dreams". So is The City of Love a "personal diary", "forward planner", or "fantasy novel"?
You know what, it's actually a bit of each. But what I can say for sure is that The City of Love is by far my most candid show yet. I've finally mustered up the courage to tell some of the most embarrassing stories in my life so in a way, this show has kind of been 28 year's in the making.
To enter the draw for a free double-pass, please send an email with 'THE CITY OF LOVE' as the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org. In 25 words or less, describing why you want to see Tegan Higginbotham's show. Please note: this is for Friday March 25th - which is also her birthday, so...you know. Winners to be drawn on Thursday 24th March.