He­len Bi­dou

The fash­ion ex­pert from ABC’S Get Krack!n breaks out with a solo show that’s sarong it’s sa-right

Time Out (Melbourne) - - MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL -

WHEN HE­LEN BI­DOU made her de­but on the ABC’S satir­i­cal break­fast TV show Get Krack!n less than a year ago, a new star of me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment was born. The style guru, who bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to Aus­tralian stand-up and char­ac­ter co­me­dian Anne Ed­monds, will bring her fash­ion tips and en­vi­able col­lec­tion of sarongs to the stage in her first live show.

“I am in a lot of trou­ble with the tax depart­ment,” Bi­dou says, when asked why she’s de­cided to take her tal­ents to the com­edy fes­ti­val. She’s promis­ing an eclec­tic night of “chitty chats, songs, sarongs and just good fun”, and will put her back­ground in mu­si­cal the­atre to good use.

It’s a big change in di­rec­tion for the vi­va­cious and ec­cen­tric style su­per­star, who got her legup on the small screen work­ing along­side the creators of the hit web se­ries The Ka­ter­ing Show and Get Krack!n, Kate Mclen­nan and Kate Mccart­ney.

“I was in­vited onto Get Krack!n af­ter I con­sulted on one of the Kates’ rum­pus room re­model, fus­ing a laid­back vibe with mod­ern fix­tures for the per­fect func­tional space for their fam­ily to have the life­style that awaits them. I still haven’t been paid and Kate’s In­sta­gram post about de­lays was un­fair, and she is li­able for defama­tion.”

Bi­dou is now field­ing of­fers for fu­ture TV projects (“Won’t give too much away but does

Hand­maid’s Tale sea­son two ring any bells?”) but says she’s thrilled to use her uniquely up­lift­ing pre­sent­ing skills on stage. So is there any sin­gle mes­sage Bi­dou is hop­ing au­di­ences will take away from the show?

“Yes. Si­mon, my for­mer life part­ner, will leave the show know­ing he’s thrown away the most vi­va­cious girl in the world.” He­len Bi­dou: En­ter the Spin­naker Lounge, Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, 215 Lit­tle Collins St, Mel­bourne 3000. www.com­e­dyfes­ti­val.com.au. $25$34. Mar 30-Apr 21.

“I con­sulted on Kate’s rum­pus room re­model”

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