Method to her mad­ness

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Roz Ham­mond is the se­cret weapon on Mad as Hell.

The West Aus­tralian comic ac­tor is an ab­so­lute crack-up as she un­leashes an ar­ray of char­ac­ters on Shaun Mi­callef’s satir­i­cal show, in­clud­ing con­ser­va­tive blog­ger Vomi­to­ria Catch­ment and royal watcher Gay March. But Dolly Nor­man, the fic­ti­tious chief of staff of Tas­ma­nian politi­cian Jac­qui Lam­bie, is the stand­out.

“Dolly was orig­i­nally just a hi­lar­i­ous one-off char­ac­ter who had her own bait and tackle shop in Tas­ma­nia in sea­son two,” Ham­mond says. “Be­cause she just had one line in a sketch we went very bold with no eye­brows and the wig and teeth.

“The next sea­son when Jac­qui Lam­bie got elected, Shaun re­mem­bered Dolly and thought ‘wouldn’t it be funny if Dolly be­came Jac­qui’s spokesper­son’. I’m very fond of Dolly. When­ever I get the wig and the cos­tume on I feel very com­fort­able.”

Ham­mond has had a long ca­reer mak­ing peo­ple laugh. She played li­brar­ian Chris­tine Green­wood in three sea­sons of ABC sit­com The Li­brar­i­ans and made ap­pear­ances on Thank God You’re Here and Full Frontal, as well as movies Muriel’s Wed­ding and The Dish.

Ham­mond has also acted in more se­ri­ous fare e in­clud­ing Blue BlueHeel­ers, Heel­ers, Miss Fisher’s r’s Mur­der Mys­ter­ies and Off­spring.

“I def­i­nitely itely con­sider my­self an ac­tor,” Ham­mond mmond says. “The ma­jor­ity of my ca­reer er has been com­edy edy but I could nev­erver do stand-up, for or ex­am­ple. It t is noth­ing I would ever be brave enough to do.”


Ready Set Reno is third time lucky for Michael and Car­lene Duffy. When the Gold Coast cou­ple com­peted on The Block Glasshouse they walked away with a measly $10,000 in profit.

A year later they com­peted on Reno Rum­ble but were bun­dled out quickly. Af­ter their exit, the Duffys said it was the end of their re­al­ity tele­vi­sion ca­reer be­cause “we’re ob­vi­ously not very good at it” but now they are back for more.

Ready Set Reno, which also fea­tures the Duffys’ young chil­dren, Paddy and Stella, has them ren­o­vat­ing their own home as well as trav­el­ling the coun­try look­ing for makeover in­spi­ra­tion.

You didn’t cover your­self with glory on The Block or Reno Rum­ble. Why did you de­cide to get back into tele­vi­sion? Car­lene: We just got a call say­ing “do you want to be the hosts of this new ren­o­va­tion show” and we fig­ured that this was an op­por­tu­nity to show­case our own ren­o­va­tion which we were about to kick off any­way. I think we were re­lat­able on those shows and that was part of the ap­peal to get us to host this show. With us there are no airs and graces. We don’t pre­tend. Try­ing to find that bal­ance be­tween work and the reno and the kids is all very real.

Tell me about your house. In the first episode it looks like a war zone. Michael: It is like noth­ing you’vey ever seen be­fore. It is an old re­sort so you can imag­ine thet scale of ev­ery­thing. The poolp is mas­sive. The block of land it is on is huge. We bought it with the in­ten­tion of it be­ing a 10-year project. At the time w we were pretty naive about how much work and how much money it was go­ing to take to get done. We built what we could af­ford to so that we could move in which was about half t the house. When this show came up we thought it was a great op­por­tu­nity to fin­ish our dream home. What bet­ter way t than go­ing around gain­ing in­spi­ra­tion from other builds?

“Try­ing to find that bal­ance be­tween work and the reno and the kids is all very real”


Michael and Car­lene are ready to ren­o­vate.

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