Kirsty Webeck badinage with BMA’s Allan Sko
Former Canberra kid Kirsty Webeck, and her blushing comedy career, has pleasingly gone from strength to strength as the years have marched on. Greatly loved for her feel-good outlook, Webeck’s crafted another hilarious upbeat hour in A bit of fun, which is the perfect antidote to the troubles of the world.
BMA’s Allan Sko caught up with Kirsty to talk about comedy, and Canberra love.
So remind yourself of how lovely Kirsty is below, then get along to her show on Thursday, 23 March at The Street Theatre!
[ALLAN SKO] So, Kirsty Webeck… You’re a Canberran at heart, but moved away at 22. What’s that about?
[Kirsty Webeck] I graduated from the Uni of Canberra and had to get away from Goodberry’s. So I moved to Taiwan for six years. I was sure to come back each year for a family-sized Frozen Custard Concrete… I mean, to visit my family.
I went over to study Mandarin and when I came back, I figured Canberra might be a little bit small after the flashing lights of Taipei, so I moved to Melbourne.
I still adore Canberra, though. Can’t go past a quick lap of the bridge-to-bridge whenever I’m in town!
You actually did work experience for BMA back in high school. How did you survive that?
BMA was THE PLACE TO BE when I was applying for work experience. I was so stoked to be approved to go there for a week.
I was really keen to be a journalist at the time and I just remember arriving at the office and thinking, “this isn’t what I thought it would be like.”
The practical office environment didn’t take the shine off it for me, though. The people working there were so cool and they got to interview my favourite musicians, so I was a bit starry eyed. I had an absolute blast.
You wrote a great LOLCol in BMA , where you stated: “I realised I was no longer a young person when I started defending my hometown, Canberra, with a fury the intensity of a thousand burnouts at The Summernats.” That feeling still going strong?
I love Canberra. I remember thinking I was hilarious calling it ‘The Nation’s CRAPital’ when I left (I’m certain I’m not the only one to come up with that) but I never really believed it. I had a great time growing up there.
Most of my best memories are from Arawang Primary School Oval (this is not true).
I love getting back there a couple of times a year. I hate myself for saying this, but Canberra’s coffee game has gotten very strong.
Top 3 Things you miss/like about Canberra? Assuming Kingsley’s Chicken would take the 1. (Unbelievable chicken) and 2. (Awesome chips) spots
Haha. I’ve got to come clean now. As a vegetarian, my love for Kingsley’s Chicken is a distant memory. A very vivid and justified one, but a memory nonetheless. I had to give it a mention in LOLCol. It would have been UnCanberran not to!
I miss my family! They’re mostly still there. One of my sisters has recently moved away but the rest are still loitering around Cooleman Court.
I also miss the awesome walks and the proximity to beautiful parts of nature AND I really miss sitting in the sunshine at Tilley’s on a cold winter’s day, drinking coffee, and working on a project.
I still pop into Tilley’s for a coffee whenever I’m in town.
Why do you like doing comedy?
I love it because it’s constantly challenging. There’s always more work to do, and the end result makes people happy.
I get to meet lots of awesome people and I get to travel to places I probably wouldn’t have gotten to if I didn’t work in this industry.
Hardest thing about comedy?
Maybe being away from home so much. I’m lucky in that my beautiful partner often travels with me when I’m away on weekends but when she can’t, I really miss having her around.
Best thing about comedy?
The good people you meet and often (not always) being around people when they’re at their best: relaxed, happy, and enjoying their downtime.
Parting words of wisdom?
Always try to enjoy yourself. In this instance, the best way to do that would be to attend A bit of fun!
So! Go and show our ‘Becks some hometown love (and get a bloody uplifting laugh out of it while you’re at it!) Kirsty Webeck’s new show A bit of fun is at The Street Theatre on Thursday, 23 March at 7pm. Tix are $35 + bf via the venue.