We all know Jonathan Franzen is a twitcher. But did you know Tom Hanks likes to collect 1940s typewriters? Or that Johnny Depp likes to play with dolls?
Sadly, Tom and the two Johnnies couldn’t join us, but Sam Pang has persuaded some almost as familiar faces to reveal their unlikely obsessions.
This month’s guests are broadcaster Jess McGuire, on her love for British reality pop band Girls Aloud, and comedian Tony Moclair on his aviation fixation.
Series highlights so far include Kate Langbroek on her obsession with op shops, Adam Zwar purring about his predilection for cats, former Better Homes and Gardens host Noni Hazlehurst on her (let’s face it) entirely expected adoration of gardening – and Dave O’Neil waxing lyrical about his love of 80s music.
Always diverse, occasionally devilish, the one thing you can expect from Unexpected Passions is an evening of laid-back laughs, with wizard of wit Sam Pang at the helm.
Tony Moclair is an ARIA award winning comedian, a writer and a broadcaster. He currently appears on 3AW and is a monthly feature writer in Australian Aviation.
Jess McGuire is a writer, broadcaster, MC, film reviewer, trivia host and DJ based in Melbourne. She can be heard each week talking about music documentaries with Myf Warhurst on Double J, and discussing a variety of topics with Raf Epstein on 774 ABC Melbourne's Drive program. For many years, she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia, and was a former co-host on Triple R’s Breakfasters.
Sam Pang is a writer, presenter and broadcaster. His television credits include the hugely popular Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever and SBS’s coverage of The Eurovision Song Contest.