Podcast: Ben Pobjie on Life in Comedy and How it Shapes his Writing

Podcast: Ben Pobjie on Life in Comedy and How it Shapes his Writing

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Comedian and author Ben Pobjie talks to Cheryl about his incredible life in the comedy world, how it has shaped his writing, and his latest book, Second Best: The Amazing Untold Histories of the Greatest Runners-up.

About the author:

Ben Pobjie studied history at the University of Western Sydney before his lust for glamour led him to comedy writing. He is known for his TV columns in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and political satire for New MatildaCrikey and the ABC, among others. He is the author of Aussie Aussie AussieError AustralisSuperChef and The Book of Bloke and has written for the TV shows Reality Check and The Unbelievable Truth. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, three children and a rising sense of panic.

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    Publisher details

    Second Best: The Amazing Untold Histories of the Greatest Runners-up
    Author
    Ben Pobjie
    Publisher
    Affirm Press
    Genre
    Non Fiction
    Released
    25 August, 2020

    Synopsis

    History is always written by the winners and about the winners. But what about the men and women of the past who reached for gold but grasped only morale-sapping silver? Australia’s second-best comedy historian Ben Pobjie celebrates the fascinating stories of those pipped at the post of greatness – from Buzz Aldrin following footsteps on the moon, to the woman not credited with discovering DNA because she had two X chromosomes, and Australia’s second Prime Minister whose name everyone keeps forgetting. Second Best shines a light on those plucky men and women who, through no fault of their own – or at least only a little bit of fault of their own – didn’t quite get there before everyone else, but did get there before almost everyone else.

    Ben Pobjie
    About the author

    Ben Pobjie

    Ben Pobjie studied history at the University of Western Sydney before his lust for glamour led him to comedy writing. He is known for his TV columns in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and political satire for New Matilda, Crikey, and the ABC, among others. He is the author of Superchef and The Book of Bloke and has written for the TV shows Reality Check and The Unbelievable Truth. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, three children and a rising sense of panic.

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