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. Who’s next?
Well… it’s funny you should ask. This month, we welcome an unexpected host in Sam’s place – television’s Adam Zwar. Joining Adam will be comedian Dave O'Neil, waxing lyrical about the music of the 1980s, and actor Kick Gurry on gambling.
Adam Zwar is best known for co-creating the award-winning Australian comedy series Lowdown and Wilfred. The first season of Lowdown recently played to critical acclaim on BBC4, while the US format of Wilfred is currently screening on the FX network, starring Elijah Wood. More recently, Adam created the popular factual comedies Agony Uncles and Agony Aunts, which screened on ABC1.
Kick Gurry is an Australian born actor and has featured in such films as Speed Racer (alongside Susan Sarandon), The Thin Red Line and the Australian coming of age film Looking for Alibrandi. More recently he was in the much-loved ABC1 series Agony Uncles, and season 3 of Channel 10’s Offspring.
Dave O'Neil has been a fixture of Australian comedy for more than 20 years including appearances on Spicks and Specks and Randling.