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'Comic actors have made a particularly strong contribution to cultural life in Australia over the past sixty years. They have brought a range of memorable characters to the stage, television and film; they have transformed our image of ourselves, helped to overturn the crippling cultural cringe, and brought Australian humour and satire to the world. The Australian theatre, television and film industries are dynamic in ways that could never have been imagined fifty years ago. These industries have expanded and demonstrated extraordinary vitality, with actors, as the public face of the performing arts, carrying the immediate responsibility for the success of each show. It is the actors, and often the characters they play, that we remember when we recall a favourite television program, film or play, long after we have seen it. In spite of this they are frequently left out of history.' (Publication summary)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Clayton, Murrumbeena - Oakleigh - Springvale area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,:Monash University Publishing , 2019 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Anne Pender , single work prose (p. vii-xv)
Carol Raye : Living on Champagne, Anne Pender , single work biography (p. 1-37)
Barry Humphries : 'A Bit of Psychic Nudity?', Anne Pender , single work biography (p. 38-71)
Noeline Brown : 'I'm Not Afraid of the Audience', Anne Pender , single work biography (p. 72-100)
Max Gillies : Marvellous Max, Anne Pender , single work biography (p. 101-153)
John Clarke : Bat On, Anne Pender , single work biography (p. 154-191)
Tony Sheldon : Do You Believe in Angels?, Anne Pender , single work biography (p. 192-237)
Denise Scott : Comedy Is Not Pretty, Anne Pender , single work biography (p. 238-272)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Barry Jones Review of Anne Pender, Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Barry Jones , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Biography and History , August no. 5 2021; (p. 271-274)

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography
'Seven Big Australians was supported by a Future Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council, and the author/researcher Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England. Her seven subjects, all interviewed at length, are Carol Raye (37 pages), Barry Humphries (34), Noeline Brown (29), Max Gillies (53), John Clarke (38), Tony Sheldon (46) and Denise Scott (35).' (Introduction)
Anne Pender, Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors Tom Hogan , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 19 no. 2 2019;

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography
'Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors looks at the childhoods and careers of the pioneers of classic Australian comedy—Carol Raye, Barry Humphries, Noeline Brown, Max Gillies, John Clarke, Tony Sheldon, and Denise Scott. Each actor in this book, Pender explains, helped define the classic understanding of Aussie humour. Looking at Anne Pender’s previous work, she has extensive experience in interviewing personalities for biographies, and in particular, a complete biography of Barry Humphries (One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries, 2010). (Introduction)
(Review Essay) Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Janys Hayes , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 75 2019; (p. 348-353)

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography

'Each of the other biographies streams easily from childhood, through to the early struggles of artistic exploration, to maturity and the many comedic and theatrical projects and ventures that the artist is involved with, and to the finale of a life well lived. The text jumps from university theatre where Humphries excels at creating grotesque characters, to a country tour of Twelfth Night directed by Ray Lawler where Humphries develops Edna as a cruel impersonation of CWA women, to the appearance of Edna in a Ray Lawler review just prior to the Olympic Games in 1955, to Humphries' first stage show starring Edna, A Nice Night's Entertainment in 1962, and so on. Max Gillies began his career through student acting at Monash University in Melbourne and from there joining the Australian Performing Group, working out of the Pram Factory in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton.' (Publication abstract)

'No One Even Said Bum' : A Study of Seven Originals Desley Deacon , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June - July no. 412 2019; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography

'Nowadays every second young person seems to want to be a stand-up comic, an occupation that perfectly represents the ‘gig’ economy in its precariousness and occasional nature. Anne Pender gives us mini-biographies of seven Australians who succeeded, often spectacularly, in the risky business of being a comic long before the idea of a ‘gig’ economy entered the collective mind. Beginning with Carol Raye, Pender relates, in forty or so pages each, the life stories of Barry Humphries, Noeline Brown, Max Gillies, John Clarke, Tony Sheldon, and Denise Scott – in other words, members of the two cohorts who rode the national theatre and television wave from the 1960s to the recent past.' (Introduction)

'No One Even Said Bum' : A Study of Seven Originals Desley Deacon , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June - July no. 412 2019; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography

'Nowadays every second young person seems to want to be a stand-up comic, an occupation that perfectly represents the ‘gig’ economy in its precariousness and occasional nature. Anne Pender gives us mini-biographies of seven Australians who succeeded, often spectacularly, in the risky business of being a comic long before the idea of a ‘gig’ economy entered the collective mind. Beginning with Carol Raye, Pender relates, in forty or so pages each, the life stories of Barry Humphries, Noeline Brown, Max Gillies, John Clarke, Tony Sheldon, and Denise Scott – in other words, members of the two cohorts who rode the national theatre and television wave from the 1960s to the recent past.' (Introduction)

(Review Essay) Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Janys Hayes , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 75 2019; (p. 348-353)

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography

'Each of the other biographies streams easily from childhood, through to the early struggles of artistic exploration, to maturity and the many comedic and theatrical projects and ventures that the artist is involved with, and to the finale of a life well lived. The text jumps from university theatre where Humphries excels at creating grotesque characters, to a country tour of Twelfth Night directed by Ray Lawler where Humphries develops Edna as a cruel impersonation of CWA women, to the appearance of Edna in a Ray Lawler review just prior to the Olympic Games in 1955, to Humphries' first stage show starring Edna, A Nice Night's Entertainment in 1962, and so on. Max Gillies began his career through student acting at Monash University in Melbourne and from there joining the Australian Performing Group, working out of the Pram Factory in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton.' (Publication abstract)

Anne Pender, Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors Tom Hogan , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 19 no. 2 2019;

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography
'Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors looks at the childhoods and careers of the pioneers of classic Australian comedy—Carol Raye, Barry Humphries, Noeline Brown, Max Gillies, John Clarke, Tony Sheldon, and Denise Scott. Each actor in this book, Pender explains, helped define the classic understanding of Aussie humour. Looking at Anne Pender’s previous work, she has extensive experience in interviewing personalities for biographies, and in particular, a complete biography of Barry Humphries (One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries, 2010). (Introduction)
Barry Jones Review of Anne Pender, Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Barry Jones , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Biography and History , August no. 5 2021; (p. 271-274)

— Review of Seven Big Australians : Adventures with Comic Actors Anne Pender , 2019 multi chapter work biography
'Seven Big Australians was supported by a Future Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council, and the author/researcher Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England. Her seven subjects, all interviewed at length, are Carol Raye (37 pages), Barry Humphries (34), Noeline Brown (29), Max Gillies (53), John Clarke (38), Tony Sheldon (46) and Denise Scott (35).' (Introduction)
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