How do you like to start your weekend?
By waking up. I find that if I don’t wake up, it’s not good news.
What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
Deciding what and where to eat. On a good day, that means walking to my local patisserie for a croissant and coffee. On a bad day, it means laps of a food court until I end up locking eyes with a shrivelled brown fried something living in a hotbox.
How do you like to unwind?
I like cooking. When you don’t do anything during the day, meals become ‘events’. Most of my days involve going to the shops, looking through the food lift-out of the paper, deciding on a meal, buying the ingredients and then cooking it … because I’m a man like that.
What are your essentials for a well-spent weekend?
Cheap eats, drinks with friends, and watching some sort of competitive sport that involves grown men chasing a ball and me yelling lots.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to do on the weekend but haven’t got around to yet?
Every bit of house maintenance ever.
What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday evening?
The Brisbane Powerhouse is, without a doubt, the best place to be on a Sunday evening. The location. The food. The live shows. It’s one of the only things that’ll have you forgetting that Monday exists.
What are you looking forward to next weekend?
Celebrating a friend’s wedding. It’s at a great Japanese restaurant, so I’ll actually be celebrating my friends and Japanese food. OK, I’ll be honest … I’m marrying a sushi roll.
What are you reading at the moment?
The Story of The Streets by Mike Skinner, founder of UK garage band The Streets. I love his work. In fact, a lot of weekends, I lock myself in my home studio (slash bedroom) and make fully sick beats under the guise of my hip-hop alter ego, Disco-Matt MC.
What inspires you?
Food. Sometimes when I need inspiration, I sit down in a park and talk to a bowl of duck noodle soup.
What was your childhood dream?
When I was in year 2, I wanted to be a stunt man, but I don’t think I really thought it through. Yesterday, I slipped on my back steps, scraped my shin and have been whinging about it since, so … yeah. I don’t think throwing myself out of speeding cars is really in my comfort zone.
What has been your greatest achievement?
I won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. That meant a lot. Also, my first performance on TV (Rove Live) was really exciting, except if you watch the tape, I walk off the wrong side of the stage and leave Rove hanging.
What is success to you?
Success is eating a delicious little Shanghai dumpling when the soup is still hot, but not hot enough to burn your mouth. Oh, and being happy.
What are your words of wisdom?
You gotta be in it to win it.
FAVOURITE WEEKEND SPOT TO:
Perk up … Cockadoodle Cafe, Red Hill
Relax … Driving around UQ’s St Lucia campus, and then up to Mount Coot-tha
Dine … Vespa Pizza, Woolloongabba
Indulge … French Twist at The Barracks, Paddington
Shop … The Valley Markets
Catch-up … The Regatta Hotel, Toowong
Be inspired … Brisbane Powerhouse on a Sunday