The Full Catastrophe

The Full Catastrophe

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. At The Full Catastrophe, our event based on the podcast of the same name, we do a bit of both, as writers, comedians, politicians and performers publicly divulge the most excruciating and hilarious events of their lives.

Leave your judgement at the door for this storytelling-slash-therapy session, hosted by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah Macdonald and featuring Libbi Gorr, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Maxine McKew and Sami Shah.

Who?

Portrait of Rebecca Huntley

Rebecca Huntley

Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most respected researchers on social and consumer trends, and head of research at Essential Media. She is the author of Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People.

Portrait of Sarah Macdonald

Sarah Macdonald

Sarah Macdonald is a broadcaster, writer and facilitator. She currently presents Weekend Nightlife on ABC radio for insomniacs and night owls. Her bestselling book Holy Cow has sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into several languages.

Portrait of Libbi Gorr

Libbi Gorr

Libbi Gorr is a presenter and broadcaster working across print, radio and television. Libbi is currently a guest reporter for the ABC’s flagship current affairs program 7.30, and hosts ABC Radio Melbourne’s Sundays program. She is known for her iconic comedy creation Elle McFeast in the ‘90s and early 2000s for the ABC and Network 10.

Portrait of Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and bookseller, and the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Feminist Writers Festival. She is a former Daily Life columnist, and has been featured in publications including Rookie, frankie, the Lifted Brow and Kill Your Darlings. 

Portrait of Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew is an author and Hon Enterprise Professor of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Her most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014, is Class Act – a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followed the success of her memoir, Tales From the Political Trenches, an account of her brief but tumultuous time in the Federal Parliament. 

Portrait of Sami Shah

Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer, comedian, and broadcaster. He’s been profiled in the New York Times, ABC’s Australian Story, BBC Radio 4, NPR, and appeared on QI with Stephen Fry and The Project

Sami has been performing award-winning and highly acclaimed comedy for over a decade, and used his acerbic wit to address world affairs and social issues, in comedy clubs and even international platforms like TEDx.