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Nailed It!


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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

James Colley is the author of The Next Big Thing and head writer for Gruen and Question Everything. His previous writing credits include Head Writer for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and The 1% Club, as well as writer on Summer Love, The Mole (US), and Built To Survive amongst many others. He... Read more

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunnai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta essayist and screenwriter.

Dee Fidge

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 S... Read more

Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire is a writer and broadcaster based in central west NSW, and hosts breakfast radio each weekday morning on on ABC Western Plains. She previously appeared regularly as a reviewer and cultural commentator on Double J and ABC Local Radio stations across the country, and for many years she wa... Read more

First Dog on the Moon

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. ... Read more

Lucy Valentine

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.


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