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Reading on Vocation with Ramona Koval: Comedians


Three comedians, Justin Hamilton, Des Bishop and Tim Ferguson are this month’s guests, with Ramona Koval.

Being a reader isn’t about sitting in an ivory tower, turning your back on the world. The relationship between life and the page is more fluid. We’re shaped by what we read; at home, in our world views and in our careers.

In this monthly series The Wheeler Centre and Radio National’s The Book Show aim to uncover those links between work and words. Presented and chaired by acclaimed broadcaster Ramona Koval, the discussions will feature high-profile professionals – doctors and physicists, musicians and comedians – talking about the books that have been important to them and have influenced their profession.

Recordings of the event will be broadcast nationally on The Bookshow on the Friday following this event.



Des Bishop

Des Bishop is currently touring Australia with his stand-up show and is a guest of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has also been involved in the Irish TV series: The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006) and most recently, the six episode comedy document... Read more

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more

Justin Hamilton

At this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival Justin Hamilton performs his stand-up routine Idiot Man Child. Justin Hamilton is a stand-up comedian who’s toured Australia as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow from 2002 to 2008. Justin has appeared as a guest on Rove, The Gla... Read more

Tim Ferguson

Tim Ferguson wrote The Cheeky Monkey, a comedy writing manual for screenwriters and comedians. He is known for performing with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler in the Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) and for the TV series DAAS Kapital. Tim co-produced the sitcom Shock Jock for TV1 and the Paramount Co... Read more


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