Method to her madness
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.”
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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.