Liam Cody, Comedian, The Gorskys - 9th November 2003
Cody and Chris Tomkins
our quest to interview Australia's foremost entertainers,
we track down Liam Cody from The Gorskys.
gives us a ripper interview, being insightful, informative
and entertaining, all at once!
is the web site of the Gorskys. We started out as
a comedy group in Melbourne, then kind of drifted
onto the Internet.
we're more a comedy group of the world wide web. Someone
described us once as the world's first "dot-comedians".
did you get your break in the entertainment business?
and I met at Monash University, and did some student
reviews together. I was doing stand up in and around
Melbourne at the time, and thought the live comedy
scene needed some more sketch comedy. So, we teamed
up with some of the best talent Monash Uni had to
offer at the time, and launched ourselves onto the
Melbourne comedy scene.
audiences liked our first show, or there may not have
been any more.
you always been funny?
have always THOUGHT I was funny. Sometimes, though,
I prove myself wrong, and my fantastic joke just turns
out to be a dumb statement.
you have to be born funny, or can you learn it?
need to have a certain gift, but you do get better
with practice. I guess that means you can learn it,
at least a bit.
interestingly, knowing the theory of what makes something
funny doesn't make it funnier. In fact it makes it
less funny. And knowing the theory of what makes something
funny doesn't mean you can apply it.
are you most well known for?
my house, it's for always wanting to use the barbeque.
The public best know us for the web site.
like it if the groupies knew me for my amazing prowess,
but we don't have any groupies. Just cyber-stalkers.
kind of acts do you prefer?
make me laugh a lot. So do Lano and Woodley. However,
I prefer acts that aren't better than me, because
they make me feel better about myself.
really. There's no consistent source of inspiration.
Looking at the GORSKYS.COMedy site, you'll see there's
not really anything we haven't covered, or won't cover.
do you get the creative ideas flowing, and transfer
that into a show with some format?
drugs of choice are alcohol and caffeine. The rest
are the highlights of your career?
in Edinburgh, selling my first show to thecomedychannel,
and attending my first Melbourne
Comedy Festival after party, where the beer was
free and the catering superb.
moments would you prefer to not remember, but are
"scared from for life"?
have a happy knack of blacking out all horrid moments
from my brain. However, I still have a scar from being
cut free from my mother. It's in the middle of my
stomach, and looks pretty awful.
are your mentors?
wasn't aware there was a formal comedy mentorship
program. Is this one of those awful government programs
like work for the dole?
you prefer to work alone or with a partner?
a partner. Which is why Chris and I have been working
together for over 10 years.
platforms of media do you use to advantage?
Do you mean what have we done? Like "been on
telly, been on radio, been on the web?"
media mobs have done you wrong? (if you care to mention
them, or drop hints)
well all of them, at one time or another. Whether
its' not reviewing a show, or not giving it a good
enough review, or suing for defamation, there have
been times in my life where I have hated every
major media outlet in Australia.
a few funny stories from the road?
played a gig in a Pizza Hut for Triple M in Adelaide
once, which was one of the most surreal moments of
my life. I felt like I was a member of the Wiggles,
to be honest. There were a lot of screaming 10 year
olds. Sadly, our most popular thing at the time was
"Unnatural Love: 20 Songs
Of Beastiality from some of the world's finest artists".
I don't think we got many laughs that afternoon. But
we did get a lot of pizza.
do you do with hecklers? (Apart from have them taken
out and shot?)
are hard. Usually, you don't actually hear what they
yell. The acoustics of a room are that the sound goes
into the audience better than it comes back. As such,
it's difficult. You try to think of a witty comeback
to "Wha ha bes haba!".
often do you have to supplement your arts career with
"other" jobs, be it web design or whatever,
keep you honest?
day job is as an enforcer for a drug gang, so I can't
say it keeps me honest.
has the internet helped you?
now have cheap access to an unlimited number of pictures
of naked ladies.
has about 50,000 users a month. We would never have
reached an audience that size without the Internet.
trick now, is to convince all those people to give
me a dollar a month. I'm still working on that one.
are you unique?
I murdered my identical twin.
do you stay motivated?
and caffeine usually do the trick, as does a looming
deadline. Money is a great concentrator of the mind.
do you like to watch on TV?
and Kim, The West Wing, and SBS
World News are my most watched shows. I don't
get to watch much TV, and am appalling at working
the video, so seem to miss a lot more than I see.
the good, the bad and the ugly of Reality TV?
I'm not sure there is anything good, to be honest.
I'd much prefer stations to invest their money into
original comedy and drama.
It's so cheap to make. Even if no one wants to watch
it, stations will still make it in preference to real
shows. I think it will be around a long time after
we're all sick of it.
Hmm... Dicko from Australian Idol isn't the most telegenic
human being. And what's with that hair? I think, more
fundamentally, our current obsession with reality
TV to fill airtime is starving story telling and story
tellers who can't get their ideas up.
you ever watched Channel 31? If so, your thoughts?
it? I've been on it. We used to do regular spots on
various shows on Melbourne's
think it's a great concept, community TV. Most of
it is completely appalling, but it has a certain innocence
it's a great opportunity and learning ground. Remember,
Rove got his
start on Channel 31.
your favorite bands?
on the mood I'm in. De Phazz, a German acid jazz band,
are good loungey listening. Warren Zevon I will always
have a soft spot for, even though he decided to die
rather than meet me.
band I saw was the Living End. They put on a good,
should the public support you?
not sure comedy is like football. You don't support
it. You go because you like it. And some people, you
reckon are funnier than others.
used to think bands were like football teams when
I was a kid. I barracked for KISS. But our school
was split: KISS v AC/DC. Now I realise you can like
both, but then, we treated AC/DC supporters like they
barracked for Collingwood.
know, I've just realised why my life is so desolate
and empty. I forgot to get a motto. No wonder girls
don't like me.
do you give back to the public and industry?
give back to the public by running a web site that
is totally free, so they don't need to pay a cent
to have a great laugh.
note: These dudes are friggen funny. Get your butts
up to Sydney, or otherwise I will have at least one
good reason to go to Melbourne!
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