Australian showbiz queen Joy Hrubys community
TV show Joys World spinning, By James Taylor
- 2nd November 2015
Hruby shooting her show Joy's World from her Botany
home. Photo: John Appleyard
JOY Hruby was three when she realised her life would
be dedicated to dazzle of show business.
in a rural NSW church in 1930, she took the whole
congregation by surprise.
was standing in front of a big, big audience and I
thought Im going to make them laugh,
instead of singing Jesus loves me this I know
I sang What will we do with the drunken sailor,
what will we do with the drunken sailor. So
that caused a riot and I had everyone laughing.
that was it. For more than half a century the 88-year-old
actress, TV presenter, producer, filmmaker, author,
educator, agent and legend of Australias arts
and entertainment industry has been hooked on showing
people a good time.
Meagher, Louise Sharah, Joy Hruby and Daniel Bird
on the set of Around the World on Saturday Night variety
show in 1999. Photo: Nicole Emanuel.
Early in the piece she spent her time entertaining
soldiers in Dubbo, with an aptly named Dubbo Dazzlers
troupe, before moving into the entertainment industry.
25 years ago Mrs Hruby changed pace, setting up her
own community TV program Joys World.
couple of university students had started this little
idea about community television and broadcasting around
the flats (in Redfern). I heard about it, so I stuck
my nose in to see what they were up to. It just grew
from there, she said.
is now the longest-running show on Australian Community
out of her small garden shed in Botany, Mrs Hruby
and her loyal helpers have produced 1000s of episodes,
aired on channel 31.
Hruby was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for
services to entertainment in 2007. Photo: Timothy
But she needs help to keep it running and has launched
an appeal to help fund new recording equipment.
now-worn equipment has helped boost the careers of
dozens of prominent Australian arts and entertainment
industry identities like Bryan Brown and Gia
little bit helps I guess. We need new equipment, we
need new recording equipment. I have an editor that
comes here every Thursday and spends a few hours editing
and he has lot of trouble sometimes, because some
of the equipment is rather old, she said.
promoter Greg Tingle
said it was the former Studio J actors agency
head who had given his profile a kick.
show is so iconic. It would be a sin to lose it,
help keep Joys World alive, aired on channel
31, visit joysworld.biz