NV Mist Foundation

Jeunesse NV Perfecting Mist

Working in the cosmetic industry for a number of years for various different brands. I’ve tried my fair share of fad products and one minute wonders. Products come and go. But this foundation different from the rest for a number of reasons;

It contains the Jeunesse exclusive youth enhancing APT-200, so it’s actually working on your skin on the inside while making it look prettier on the outside.

This perfecting mist foundation is so easy to apply and it blurs the appearance of the skin, giving you a flawless look fast.

If one coat is not enough for you, this foundation is buildable, and you can wear up to 3 coats. As an experiment, I actually tried this but found 2 coats was more than enough for me (and trust me I like a good heavy coverage foundation)

The wonderful thing about NV is that is has such a lightweight feel to it but it has the effect of a FULL coverage foundation, and perfectly covers any imperfections.

It is available in a primer, foundation and a bronzer.

One more thing I would like to add is that this website is amazing, they have this unique way of choosing your perfect foundation colour. I went online and used their colour guide, here is the link, NV

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This guide is like nothing I’ve ever seen! Its super intelligent and guided me to choose my perfect shade.  I urge you to go take a look.

If you would like to know more, contact me … via email

Not long ago I was chosen to be the NV Ambassador for Jeunesse Australasia and I’m so proud of the brand and the product. Below is a small video I made receiving my products !

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Have you tried any Jeunesse products before?

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My favourite Banana Cake Recipe

I’ve had this recipe for years, and the reason I love it is because it’s quick and easy.

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Half cup sugar ( I like to use raw or brown sugar)
Half cup butter
Half teaspoon bicarbonate soda (dissolve in a bit of water)
2 eggs
2 cups SR flour
2 small bananas mashed (mine were brown ones from the fridge)
Few drops of vanilla (I like to use many many drops)

Cream the butter and sugar
Add the eggs and beat
Then add the bananas and bicarb
Then fold in the flour
Bake in a loaf tin oven for approx 40mins or if you split the mixture into 2 tins approx 20-25 mins

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Last night I was lazy and threw everything in the bowl and mixed it with a fork and to be honest the cake worked out better than ever !!

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Dolphin Lodge Bali

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This was my first ever swim with the Dolphins in Bali. I have previously swum with the dolphins a number of times in Singapore, and I was eager try it on our last holiday.

It is such an amazing experience.

I must say it was a little bit of travel time to arrive to our destination, but it was well worth it. It was probably a 45 min taxi ride from Seminyak Square where our driver picked us up. Then it was a short boat ride to meet the Dolphins where they were waiting for us in their pens.

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I have attached a video above so that you can see our whole experience from start to finish. This was a very hands on experience, we got to ride the dolphins and pat them, it was just heaven!! But, if you would prefer something less hands on, there are different packages available too, just check out their website for more information. For me I found it easier to message them on facebook.

Our dolphin’s name was Ricky Martin hehe…! I thought that was a perfect name for his cheeky personality.

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If you have never done this before, please make sure you swim with the dolphins!! It is the most magical experience ! Me & my partner did this one in Bali, but I have swam many times with the dolphins in Singapore too!! Cant wait for my next dolphin experience xx

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Maybelline Tattoo Brows

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Im obsessed with my Brows! I do them everyday.

I usually paint them on with an eyebrow shadow and a damp angled brush.

Thats why I thought I would try this product out to see if it would last long enough so that I didn’t have to draw them in all the time.

It was easy enough to put on, you have to put it on thick though and give it 20mins or more to dry.

If you put it on too thin, then it wont peel off at all

So make sure you pile it on thick, then peel off. Very easy!

Watch my video below!

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Eyelash Extensions

With the festive season fast approaching, I was eager to try lash extensions again after giving them a half hearted go over ten years ago when they first came out.

I didn’t like them back then, they were too thin and put on too sparse for my liking. Plus I didn’t know how to look after them properly.

Now that I’m working back in retail, Im seeing more and more women with long , thick luscious lashes. I’d asked a few women about them and they all had good things to say. Most of all was how low maintenance they were and how quick it was to do your make up in the morning!

With this information I was quick to rush out and give them another go … I found this great girl who works from home. It took an hour and a half for a full set. The hardest part was laying still for that long… But the end result was magic! I wanted them very long and lots of them and the outcome had me ready for Christmas/New Year.

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I felt like I had no make up on and not having to do my eyes in the morning really cut my morning prep down by a generous 5 mins. Refills can be done every 3 weeks (depending on how well you look after them, you could go longer) The cost is similiar to getting a set of acrylic/gel nails…

They are perfect if you have a special occassion coming up or if you are going on holidays and want to wear minimal make up.

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Be warned though if you decide to let them grow out , you may experience some uneveness until they all fall out with your own natural lash.

An Interview with George Kapiniaris

Ahead of his new show “Zorba The Freak” George spared some time to chat with me and let me in on what he has planned for the future.

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He is on his way to Perth this weekend with his show and it has an interesting title!

Where did you get the title for this show?

It was a title I always wanted to use, and it goes back to when we used to shoot ‘Acropolis Now’ one of our directors once caught me late to rehearsal and he yelled out to me ‘ Kapiniaris you’re a freak! You’re a Zorba The Freak’ I always thought it was a great name, it stuck with me and over 20 years later I’ve finally got to use it!

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What is the show about?

The show is all about growing up Greek. Being Australian but also being Greek and the things you go through, dealing with weird families and the clash of cultures.

I like to write from experiences, so I’m talking about kids, wedding anniversaries, and Mother In Laws’ that try to use the computer etc…

To give the show that Greek flavour I have a Greek singer and a young Bouzouki player.

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You do alot of stage shows these days, do you miss the TV work?

I do kind of miss TV, but at the time when I was doing Acropolis Now, it was pretty stressful, we would have to write all our shows and then rehearse and then do all the publicity. There wasn’t much money in it for us at the time. There was alot of fame though and that helped us earn alot of our living out of theatre shows. TV was great for us creatively. Shows like our sitcom just don’t exist on TV today.

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Do you feel more comfortable writing for yourself?

I write for myself and my stand up shows, that’s how I basically make my living. However, I love it all, I also love auditioning, but what happens when I do TV / Theatre is that I forget everything else , I become absorbed in the character and it can be quite difficult to get back into the comfort zone for stand up.

 

What’s your favourite stage show you’ve acted in?

Most recently I did the Adelaide Fringe, I did a show called “End of Dark Days Trev” I had to write all new material based on a character I had played in a TV commercial for the past 12 years. It was a new style for me which I enjoyed.

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Would you encourage your sons to go down the same career path as you ?

I’ll let them do whatever they want to do , they are both characters , so who knows? They might get into the business, but it’s so tough, I’ve been so lucky to still be making a living from it. Both sons are like their dad, one is a showpony and the other is a real character.

What does the future hold for you?

I just finished shooting a film that will be coming out later in the year called Alex & Eve. It’s about a Greek Orthodox schoolteacher who falls for a Lebanese Muslim girl in Sydney. It’s an Australian movie starring Richard Brancatisano, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Zoe Carides and Andrea Demetriades (Perth girl).

When did you first notice that you made people laugh?

When I was 6 and I was in Greece and I was on a train!

Wow that’s specific!

Yes I remember it like a black and white movie. I was on a train travelling from Katerini to Kalamata and I was entertaining a whole cabin filled with passengers. I was speaking in Greek because I had refused to speak in English while I was there. My method acting took place from a young age I suppose.

Fun Facts you might not know about George!!

  • He met Anthony Hopkins while he was on his honeymoon with wife Fotini.
  • He thinks us Perth people have an accent
  • He auditioned for ‘House Husbands’
  • He did over 300 shows in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stage show

 

Thanks so much for your time George and I’m so excited to be seeing you in Zorba the Freak this weekend!!

Here are some snaps from the Show on Sunday night in Perth

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George with Despene (right) and friend

George with Despene (right) and friend

When I wax somebodies back I really put my heart into it !! 8-/

When I wax somebodies back I really put my heart into it !!

This little lady was the best audience member yet!

This little lady was the best audience member yet!

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Signing autographs after the show.

Signing autographs after the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Avati Interview Perth

Joe Avati has a way of captivating his audience, he tells his stories in a relatable fashion, using a mixture of English and Italian keeping the crowds in fits of laughter. His humour is clean cut, he has always stood by his ‘no swearing’ policy, he feels that it is unecessary on stage. I couldnt agree more!

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My Mum attended his Saturday 9th May 2015 show and here’s what she had to say;

“Not only did Joe Avati have the audience gushing with laughter, he delivered his jokes with precision timing and factual accuracy, which only an Italian-reared comedian could.  Juxtaposed alongside his side-splitting humour were comedic pearls of wisdom about modern technology and parenting.  His facial expressions denoted his artistic and acting abilities and confirmed that he is a true Italian with a devilish sense of humour.  I have not laughed as much since I attended Jerry Lewis’s last Perth concert.  Joe Avati is a true consummate professional and deserves to be rated as one of Australia’s best comedians.”

 

Joe Avati has been loved by Australian and International audiences for 20 years now. Ahead of his up and coming sell out tour in Perth, I wanted to find out more about him and asked all the hard hitting questions from astrology to current affairs… Well maybe not so hard hitting after all.. 😉

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How did you go from being a shy child to a stand up comedian?

I STARTED PLAYING IN BANDS AND SONGWRITING WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AND THAT REALLY GOT ME OUT OF MY SHELL. I PLAYED KEYBOARDS AND GUITAR SO I WAS PERFORMING BUT WASNT THE FRONT MAN SO THAT WAS OK. SO IT WAS EASIER TO MAKE THE LEAP FROM BEING IN THE BACKGROUND TO BEING THE FRONT MAN WHEN I STARTED PERFORMING COMEDY.  A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY DONT BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THAT I WAS EXTREMELY SHY. IN MANY WAYS I STILL AM. IN A BAR OR CLUB I WOULD NEVER GO AND TALK TO ANYONE UNLESS I KNEW THEM AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE MISTAKE THAT FOR SNOBBERY WHEN IN FACT I AM JUST EXTREMELY SHY.

Were your parents supportive in your journey?

I DIDNT TELL MY FOLKS THAT I WAS TRYING OUT AT COMEDY NIGHTS. SOMEONE ELSE TOLD THEM THEY SAW ME. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM TO SEE ME. THE FIRST TIME THEY ACTUALLY SAW ME PERFORM LIVE I HAD ALREADY BEEN A PROFESSIONAL COMEDIAN FOR ABOUT A YEAR, THEY KNEW IT MADE ME HAPPY AND I WAS EARNING A BETTER INCOME THAN MY DAY JOB. MY FATHER ALWAYS SAID – GET A DEGREE SON THEN YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT – I GOT TWO AND NOW I MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH. EVERYONE IS HAPPY.

Im sure all the women want to know if you are one of those Italian men who can cook?

BEING A QUALIFIED FOOD SCIENTIST MOST PEOPLE AUTOMATICALLY THINK YOU CAN COOK – FOOD SCIENCE, WHILST IT DOES PLAY A BIG PART IN THE COOKING PROCESS, DOESNT ACTUALLY TEACH YOU HOW TO COOK. I DO COOK BUT I AM SELF TAUGHT. I DONT FOLLOW RECIPES I JUST FOLLOW MY INSTINCTS. PROBLEM IS SOMETIMES ITS HARD TO REPLICATE A DISH WHEN YOU PUT IN A PINCH OF THIS AND A PINCH OF THAT.

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What has led you to survive in this industry with international success and sell out shows?

I THINK THAT HAS BEEN BECAUSE MY SHOWS HAVE ALWAY BEEN ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE. YOU DONT JUST COME AND LAUGH YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE AND THAT EXPERIENCE COMES HOME WITH YOU AND STAYS WITH YOU FOR DAYS, WEEKS AND SOMETIMES MONTHS. ALSO MYSELF AND MY FELLOW COMEDIANS PUT A LOT OF WORK INTO CONSTANTLY TRYING TO MAKE THE SHOW BETTER, NEWER, SLICKER AND FUNNIER SO THAT OUR AUDIENCES KNOW WHEN THEY SEE “JOE AVATI PRODUCTIONS” AT THE TOP OF THE POSTER THEY ARE GOING TO GET A QUALITY SHOW. I HAVE SPENT YEARS TOURING AMERICA AND EUROPE AND HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT SHOWMANSHIP. SOMETIMES AUSSIE ACTS ARE AFRAID OF PUTTING ON A SHOW.

 

Fluffy girly question ALERT … What star sign are you? (sorry had to ask)

ITS FUNNY HOW STAR SIGNS MEAN SO MUCH TO SOME PEOPLE AND NOTHING TO OTHERS. I ONCE HAD A FRIEND OF MINE ASK ME TO READ HER STAR SIGN FROM THE HOROSCOPE IN THE PAPER. SHE WAS CANCERIAN AND ON PURPOSE I READ HER SCORPIO’S HOROSCOPE FOR THE DAY AND SHE SAID “OH MY GOD THAT IS JUST SO SPOT ON FOR ME RIGHT NOW” – ANYWAYS TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION MY BIRTHDAY IS ON 23 AUGUST SO I AM RIGHT ON THE  LEO/VIRGO CUSP. IF YOU ASK MY CLOSE FRIENDS THEY WILL TELL YOU I HAVE QUALITIES OF BOTH. I WOULDNT REALLY KNOW WHAT QUALITIES LEO’S OR VIRGO’S HAVE. I AM MUCH BETTER AT TELLING YOU IF A PERSON HAS A NICE SOUL OR IS EVIL. I AM DRIVEN MORE BY ENERGY.

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The burning question everyone wants to know…What do you think about Nonna Paola??

SHE IS FANTASTIC A NATURAL AND A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. BIG FAN OF HER SUCCESS AND ITS BEEN A WONDERFUL RESURGENCE FOR ETHNIC COMEDY AND COMEDY ABOUT THE TRUTHFULNESS BEHIND THE WAY OUR GRANDPARENTS ARE WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CORNERSTONE OF MY COMEDY. I HOPE THAT BY THE TIME THIS ARTICLE HAS COME OUT THAT I WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY MET HER. HER SON AND I CHAT FREQUENTLY.

 

What sort of audiences do your shows attract?

I AM LUCKY IN THAT MY SHOWS ATTRACT AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES, MAINLY ITALIANS OFCOURSE BECAUSE I BECAME FAMOUS FOR MY BILINGUAL SHOWS BUT IN THE LAST 4 YEARS I HAVE NOTICED ALOT MORE NON ITALIANS COMING TO THE SHOWS BECAUSE OF MY APPEARANCES IN IL DAGO, COMICUS ERECTUS AND THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ETHNIC WHICH WERE AIMED AT A WIDER MARKET AND MY PERFORMANCES WERE COMPLETELY IN ENGLISH. YOUTUBE HAS ALSO DONE WONDERS IN EXPANDING THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF MY AUDIENCES. I INSIST ON MY SHOWS AND PRODUCTIONS BEING CLEAN SO THAT ALSO HELPS BRING IN AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES – FROM 8 YEARS OLDS TO 80 YEAR OLDS.

 

Have you met a famous person/mentor who has left you speechless?

YES I MET THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA JEAN CHRETIEN. I WAS INVITED BY HIS OFFICE TO MEET WITH HIM TO WELCOME ME TO CANADA AND TO THANK ME FOR MY SERVICES TO THE ITALIAN CANADIAN COMMUNITY. HE LEFT ME SPEECHLESS BECAUSE HE WOULDNT STOP TALKING AND I COULDNT GET A WORD IN.

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What is your “Back to Basics” show all about?

I CALLED IT BACK TO BASICS BECAUSE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS I HAVE PRODUCED SHOWS WHERE WE HAVE HAD SKETCHES, SONGS, VIDEO ITEMS ETC AND WITH THIS SHOW THE GIMMICKS HAVE BEEN PUT ASIDE AND ITS JUST ME, A MICROPHONE AND AN AUDIENCE PERFORMING THE BEST OF MY OLD AND THE BEST OF MY NEW MATERIAL IN ITS RAWEST FORM – STAND UP.

What do you do before or after a show to wind down or relax?

I AM NOT REALLY A WIND DOWN KIND OF PERSON. I STARTED BEING BUSY IN 1999 AND HAVNT STOPPED SINCE. THE IDEA OF SITTING ON A BEACH DOING NOTHING FOR A WEEK WOULD DRIVE ME INSANE. I CANT EVER REMEMBER BEING ON A HOLIDAY WHERE FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR OR TWO EVERY DAY I WASNT WORKING.  I FEEL MOST AT EASE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIG CITY WHERE THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE AND LOTS OF ACTION GOING ON. IF I AM AT HOME IN MELBOURNE I USUALLY HEAD OUT TO MEET FRIENDS IN A BAR OR RESTAURANT BUT I LIKE TO JUST SIT AND PEOPLE WATCH CAUSE I DONT LIKE TALKING IN THAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT. IF I AM ON TOUR I HEAD STRAIGHT BACK TO THE HOTEL BECAUSE I AM USUALLY ON THE FIRST FLIGHT BACK HOME. SOMETIMES IF I CAN GET ON A FLIGHT STRAIGHT AFTER THE SHOW YOU CAN BET I WILL BE ON IT. I KNOW ITS A BORING ANSWER. I SUPPOSE YOU WERE THINKING I WAS GOING TO GIVE YOU A ROCK AND ROLL KIND OF ANSWER? WELL I COULD BUT MY MUM MIGHT BE READING THIS – SHE HAS DISCOVERED GOOGLE AND SAYS THAT SHE KNOWS MORE ABOUT ME FROM GOOGLE THAN WHAT I TELL HER. SO FOR YOU MUM I GO STRAIGHT TO SLEEP AFTER A SHOW.

Your shows have been sell out here in Perth and we are happy to see you have now released a 3rd show at the Tuscany Club in Balcatta. Details are in the above image. 

Thank you so much for your time and we will see you in Perth very soon !

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Nicola Finetti Q & A Interview

We are fast approaching the Pierrots Model Search, which will be held on Sunday 23rd August 2015.

I wanted to take some time to ask this year’s headline designer a few personal questions.

  1. How would you describe you style as a designer? 

It is very feminine ,clean lines ,very precise and always very on trend.

  1. What sort of woman do you design for?

A women who is comfortable in her own skin.

  1. Have you visited Perth before? 

A few times and I find it very interesting everytime , I especially love the beaches .

  1. Is this your first time judging a modelling competition?

It is and I am looking forward to it .

  1. What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t designing? 

I like reading and cooking

  1. Who has inspired you most in your career? 

Azzedine Alaïa has been an inspiration from the start.

  1. Do you still visit Italy often? 

I visit very often, usually in August and January and sometimes in Easter.

 

For more information on tickets for the event please visit Eventbrite

 

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Interview with Tahir Bilgic – Here Come The Habibs


After Tahir’s recent shows in Perth for Fringe Festival,  I got to catch up with him briefly to talk about his up-and-coming new series on channel 9 ! HERE COME THE HABIBS

What inspired you to come up with the idea for this show?

I love performing arts and love coming up and creating ideas. So this idea popped into my head about a Lebanese family winning lotto and moving to a wealthy suburb and having an impact on that suburb with their “ethnic” ways. Teaming up with Rob Shehadie and Matt Ryan Garnsey as my co-creators we started working on this project and we were on our way. I am still greatly humbled that an idea in my head can eventually lead to a show on television.

Its been a while since we have seen a ‘wog’ show on a commercial network, do you think we are ready for this one?

I really believe that in this country we are starved of multicultural shows. We are such a diverse nation yet this is not reflected with our television shows. This is the first time a narrative comedy has been commissioned by a commercial network in over 15 years. It is a tough genre but I think we really are ready for a show like “Here Come The Habibs”.

“Here Come The Habibs” might contain a Lebanese family but it will represent all families of different cultures. The show is about neighbourly differences, culture clashes and also making fun of rich white people and their pre-conceived ideas on society.

How much effort goes into making a show like this?

The show took several years to make. We had numerous meetings and even after it was commissioned the writing process took 6 to 8 months alone. People don’t really have an understanding of how long and complicated the whole process is and what is involved.

Was the show really filmed in one of the ‘richest’ suburbs of Sydney?

The show was filmed in the Sydney suburb of Woolwich (right near the water and its also close to where they film The Bachelor and Bachelorette).

Do you think today’s audiences will be able to relate to the characters in the show?

I hope audiences can really relate to all our characters who are funny and down to earth. We all have neighbours and whilst we might not be at war with them … we can still have points of difference. There is a truth to all the characters in this show.

How supportive were Channel 9 ?

Channel 9 should be commended for being brave and taking a chance on this show. This is a local production made in Australia keeping people working in the industry so at the very least I hope Australia can support and celebrate such a show.
It is so easy to buy sit coms from overseas but we should be encouraging more Australian made content !

We look forward to Here Come the Habibs airing on Channel 9, Tuesday 830pm 

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For more information on the characters etc… click here

Joe Avati 20th Anniversary

On Saturday night we all braved the wind and the rain to see one of comedies greatest Joe Avati!

Joe has been making us laugh out loud for 20 years now and over the weekend he entertained approximately 1900 die hard fans. People of all ages and backgrounds were in fits of laughter as he performed his material old and new.

Its hard not to attend one of his shows and not want to hear your favourite jokes!!
Audiences had the freedom to message Joe prior (via Social Media) and make their ‘requests’. This made the show interactive in a way, and by the sounds of the laughter the crowds left happy and satisfied.

Joe has been a firm fixture on our Australian comedy circuit and I look forward to seeing him everytime!
This year he was supported by Zaccaria Concerts
Did you know his shows are completely ‘swear word free’ leaving only room for real comedy The whole family can feel comfortable watching the show and its suitable for ages 12+

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Linda Parri & Joe Avati

Bernadette Bosanac, Joe Avati & Walter Pellicciotti

Donna Radalj & Bernadette Bosanac

David Letizia & Joe Avati