Katering to the masses
Writers, actors and cult comedy satirists Kate Mclennan and Kate Mccartney found fame by sending up foodie culture. Now they are making mincemeat of morning television
Cult comedians Kate Mclennan and Kate Mccartney on fame (and famous fans), how they choose targets to satire and their happily co-dependent way of working.
Kate Mccartney has been waiting impatiently for an order of cricket flour – which is, as the term suggests, powder made from ground-up crickets – to land on her doorstep. The self- confessed food intolerant isn’t munching on crickets for dietary reasons, but for a cause; she’ll happily tell anyone within earshot that the world has just 12 years to avert a climate-change catastrophe – a prediction that is supported by the United Nations.
“I’ve been waiting a month,” Mccartney, 38, moans half-jokingly to Stellar. “It hasn’t arrived. If the planet goes to sh*t, it’s because these f*cking people won’t send me the cricket flour. I’m very upset about it.”
“I’m just going to grind you up some crickets,” says fellow actor, writer and allround partner in crime Kate Mclennan, also 38, in an eager tone. Mclennan is, in fact, known as the “intolerable foodie” of the two, but in this instance the tables have been turned – she isn’t sold on the concoction at all. “They have them at Petbarn. They give them to rats or something. I mean, who eats crickets?”
The banter between Mccartney and Mclennan, known collectively as The Kates, flows just as easily off camera as it does on. The pair is most widely recognised for their online comedy series The Katering Show, a two-season cult hit that parodied cooking shows and food fads such as the Thermomix and quitting sugar. The pair – who starred in, wrote, produced and directed the series – peppered it with their trademark cringe, off-the-wall humour. (“Fun fact: