On any given day, Australian politics is a colourful pond filled with goofs and gaffes, exaggerations and fabrications – and a frothy river of hot takes flows beside it. However, whether by tweet or by broadsheet, the voice of the keyboard warrior in the wild is a truly rare thing. Until now.
For the first time in Melbourne, Nailed It! brings comedians, journalists, politicians, broadcasters and authors together for polemic with a spin. How do these people – many of them professionally engaged in the grind of politics – deal with adopting different characters, voices and positions than their own, in order to engage in manipulative political point-scoring?
Hysterical, heartfelt or simply heinous, we promise you’ll hear something unexpected from each speaker. Host James Colley will introduce Dee Fidge, Jess McGuire, First Dog on the Moon, Nayuka Gorrie and Lucy Valentine as they present feelpinions and think-pieces live at The Toff in Town. So. Much. This.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Presented in partnership with The Toff in Town.
James Colley is a television comedy writer for Gruen, Bravest Warriors, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and Tomorrow Tonight among others. His writing has been featured in the Guardian, Crikey, the Big Issue, and Junkee among others. He is author of Too Right, among others. He is never photographed among others.
‘I fucking love black women. I come from a strong line of black women.’
Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, and Yorta Yorta writer. Gorrie’s work explores black, queer and feminist politics. They wrote and performed in season three of Black Comedy. In 2018 they were named as a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter recipient, and are currently working on a book of essays.
Deirdre Fidge is a writer and social worker whose work has been featured in Daily Life, SBS, ABC, Crikey and Junkee. She also authored a chapter in Doing It, an anthology of sex-positive stories written by women available through UQP. Dee's career highlight to date is being retweeted by John Stamos.
Jess McGuire is a writer, DJ, broadcaster, and MC based in Melbourne. She appears regularly on ABC Local Radio and Double J as a reviewer and cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She is a former presenter of Triple R’s flagship Breakfasters show.
First Dog on the Moon is the internationally renowned, Walkley Award-winning and also very humble cartoonist for the Guardian Australia. First Dog's latest collection, A Treasury of Cartoons, has just been released and is really quite good.
Lucy Valentine is a Melbourne based comedy writer and enemy of the state. She writes regularly for SBS Comedy and co-hosts the Boonta Vista Socialist Club podcast.