In conversation with Shaun Micallef

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Shaun Micallef, will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Tripping Over Myself , his insightful and funny memoir about comedy and life

For the first time Shaun invites readers behind the character to meet the real him. The man behind the joke that we rarely get to see. From his early years as a gangly, bespectacled nerd in suburban Adelaide to the giddy heights of national TV stardom, Shaun regales us with his experiences and his continuous reinvention through humour with... well, humour.

Shaun writes with candour about his successes and failures, loves and losses, along with tales of wine, women, song, and eccentric dancing. Behind the persona of one of Australia's best-loved comedians lurks, as you will discover, an idiot. Despite Shaun's best efforts, Tripping Over Myself is sprinkled with thoughtful insights and observations and shows us how to persist in the face of adversity or even good fortune.

'As I was reading Tripping over Myself this morning I felt something funny was happening to my mouth. I touched it with my fingers. It was smiling.' - Barry Humphries

Shaun Micallef, host of ABC TV's news satire Mad as Hell, is a comedian, writer, actor, producer, author and bon vivant. After a decade of practising law, Micallef threw it all away for a life in comedy. Since 1994 he has graced Australian TV screens in shows such as Full Frontal and Sea Change, then on to his own gigs on the Micallef P(r)ogram(me)Micallef Tonight and Newstopia, as well as other people's shows like Thank God You're Here and Talkin' Bout Your Generation. His crowning glory has been hosting beloved TV news satire Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell for the last 14 seasons. For his efforts, he has been showered with LogiesAFIsAACTAs and even an Aria.

Alex Sloan, the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year, is a regular conversationalist for Meet the Author events. Alex is a Director and Deputy Chair of Australia's progressive think-tank, The Australia Institute, Director of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Director and Deputy Chair of the ACT Writers Centre

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.


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  • A podcast will be made available after the event.


Date and Times


Room: Manning Clark Hall