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

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy REN PID­GEON Styling IRENE TSOLAKAS In­ter­view ADRI­ENNE TAM

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:

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