Unexpected Passions

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We all know Jonathan Franzen is a twitcher. But did you know Tom Hanks likes to collect 1940s typewriters? Or that Johnny Depp likes to play with dolls?

Sadly, Tom and the two Johnnies couldn’t join us, but Sam Pang has persuaded some almost as familiar faces to reveal their unlikely obsessions.

So far this series, Kate Langbroek has revealed her obsession with op shops, Adam Zwar has purred about his predilection for cats, musician David Bridie hit us for six, talking about his love for suburban cricket – and former Better Homes and Gardens host Noni Hazlehurst shared her (let’s face it) entirely expected adoration of gardening.

Always diverse, occasionally devilish, the one thing you can always expect from Unexpected Passions is an evening of laid-back laughs, with wizard of wit Sam Pang at helm.

This time around, Dave Graney drops by to tell us about his passion for explorer Sir Richard Burton, and George McEncroe will discuss her infatuation with Junior Football.



Sam Pang

Sam Pang is a writer, presenter and broadcaster. His television credits include the hugely popular Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever and SBS’s coverage of The Eurovision Song Contest.


Dave Graney

Dave Graney is a Melbourne writer and musician whose latest cd *You’ve Been In My Mind – approximately the 25th he and Clare Moore have been involved in creating – has just been released on Cockaigne.


George McEncroe

George McEncroe should probably be in bed. Instead she is bringing her enduring love of people and their failures to a stand up comedy venue near you sometime soon.


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