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For wannabe writers and comedians: Why The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef is the perfect Christmas gift

December 17, 2018

Choosing which books to buy as gifts at Christmas can be tricky and with the silly season well underway, we’re here to recommend some great books for the special people in your life. First up, The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef!

From Adelaide solicitor to comedian, writer, producer, presenter, actor, author, broadcaster, – and now author – Shaun Micallef clearly has a talent for re-invention. For fans of the man regarded by many as Australia’s Monty Python, his book, The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef, is the perfect gift, full of his trademark wit, humour and all-round silliness, and with some wonderful writing about theatre.

It’s not every day that you sit down to read a collection of short plays, especially one so different with each play focusing on a theme, with a different plot and characters. There’s been nothing quite like this published in Australia before. Uproariously funny, its serious intent occasionally interrupted by bursts of madness, Micallef has said interestingly, that this is the closest he’ll ever come to writing a memoir.

For theatre goers, The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef is both a showpiece for Shaun’s clever script-writing, and for the entertaining and illuminating light he shines on theatre, its history, development, traditions and origins. For wannabe writers there’s a great how-to guide, showcasing well-written dialogue, strong settings, and detailed character development.

But you don’t have to be a theatre snob to enjoy The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef. Really, as long as you have an intact funny bone and don’t mind a whiff of grease-paint, you’re guaranteed to be hugely entertained by this book.

About the Author:

Shaun Patrick Micallef is Australia’s most diverse writer, comedian and actor, having starred in and written for television, movies, radio and books.

He was born in Adelaide on 18 July 1962, of Irish and Maltese descent.

After ten years of working in insurance law as a solicitor in Adelaide, Micallef moved to Melbourne to pursue a full-time comedy career in 1993, after his wife insisted he try it or never talk about it again.

With help from his writing friend Gary McCaffrie, he got a role as a writer on Jimeoin’s self-titled comedy show in early 1994 (initially credited as Sean Micallef), before writing for sketch comedy show Full Frontal. He gained recognition with his move to an on-screen role on the show, and his own television special: Shaun Micallef’s World Around Him.

His success on Full Frontal and The Micallef P(r)ogram(me) on the ABC, co-created with Gary, was followed by the sitcom Welcher & Welcher and the variety show Micallef Tonight. He also fronted the satirical news comedy series Newstopia on SBS  for three seasons and hosted the game show Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation on Channel Ten for four years, and appeared in the comedy/mystery Mr & Mrs Murder. He now hosts the topical Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell on ABC-TV.

In addition to his television work, Micallef has been on radio, film, stage and is a published author. He co-hosted Melbourne station Vega 91.5 FM’s morning program for 2 years; on stage, he performed in the Australian production of Boeing Boeing and was responsible for the comedy show revival of ‘Good Evening’. His first book Smithereens was released in 2004 (re-released in 2011) and a novella, Preincarnate in 2010. As an actor, Micallef has appeared in movies such as Bad Eggs and The Honourable Wally Norman, as well as guesting in a number of series.

Read our review of The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef here, or purchase a copy here.


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