Tim Ferguson

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Tim Ferguson
Tim Ferguson DAAS.jpg
Tim Ferguson at the DAAS Kapital DVD launch, April 2013
Born
Timothy Dorcen Langbene Ferguson[1]

(1963-11-16) 16 November 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceSydney, NSW, Australia
OccupationTelevision presenter, comedian
Known forDon't Forget Your Toothbrush
Doug Anthony All Stars
Spouse(s)Stephanie Mills (2012–present)
Websitewww.cheekymonkeycomedy.com

Timothy Dorcen Langbene "Tim" Ferguson (born 16 November 1963) is an Australian comedian, film director, screenwriter, author and screenwriting teacher.

Background[edit]

Ferguson grew up on a rural property near the town of Perthville, New South Wales and spent three years at All Saints College, Bathurst,[2] before moving to Canberra, where he attended the radical free-school School Without Walls and Narrabundah College.[3] He is the son of Tony Ferguson, who was a Vietnam War correspondent, the first reporter to release news of the Tet Offensive to the world media. Tony became executive producer of This Day Tonight and Four Corners at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and network liaison for the ABC's managing director, David Hill.[4]

Early career[edit]

Ferguson performing with the Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) in 1994.

His first major appearance was as a member of the musical comedy trio Doug Anthony All Stars, along with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler, on the UK Channel 4 television show Friday Night Live and then the ABC television show, The Big Gig, where they quickly gained a following. This was soon followed by their sci-fi sitcom DAAS Kapital.

In 1995-96, Ferguson appeared in Funky Squad, again on ABC television, and hosted Don't Forget Your Toothbrush on the Nine Network.

Ferguson's novel, Left, Right and Centre: A Tale of Greed, Sex and Power was published by Penguin in 1997.[5]

Ferguson starred in Australian commercials advertising the video game console Nintendo 64.[6]

Ferguson co-wrote and hosted eight series and twelve one-hour specials of his comedy clip show Unreal TV.

He was creator, co-writer and co-producer of the sitcom Shock Jock[7] with Marc Gracie and Chris Thompson.

He has written various opinion pieces and articles for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Times. He most notably penned an alternative to the Australian Constitution Preamble.[8]

Recent career[edit]

Tim Ferguson on set directing 'Spin Out' movie

Film[edit]

Ferguson is co-director (with Marc Gracie) of the feature film Spin Out. Spin Out is a romantic comedy based at a Bachelor and Spinster Ball. Ferguson co-wrote the movie with Edwina Exton. Producers: Marc Gracie & David Redman. SPIN OUT follows a slow-burning attraction between two long-time friends, Billy (Xavier Samuel) and Lucy (Morgan Griffin). The movie is based at a Ute Muster and B&S Ball. "Spin Out"was shot in Shepparton in August 2015.[9] Sony Pictures Releasing, who have worldwide rights, released the film in cinemas in 2016.

In 2017, Ferguson co-wrote the feature film The BBQ and starred in the movie That's Not My Dog!.

He appeared in the movie Fat Pizza as the magician "David Cockerfield."

Comedy[edit]

In 2014, Ferguson joined Paul McDermott and Paul Livingston to reform the Doug Anthony All Stars with Livingston replacing Richard Fidler as the group's guitarist.[10] DAAS won the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Spirit Of The Fringe Award[11] in 2016. They performed sell-out Edinburgh Festival and London seasons at Soho Theatre & the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2016-17. Ferguson still tours internationally with the reformed Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS).

Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS) 2017

He played the role of Frankenfurter in the long-running The Rocky Horror Show, directed by Nigel Triffit.

In 2014, Ferguson teamed up with Maynard to start a podcast named Bunga Bunga.[12] Bunga Bunga (found on Planet Maynard) won the Castaway Best Comedy Podcast Award in 2017.

In 2012 he toured his live standup comedy show "Carry a Big Stick", featuring tales and songs from his life on the 'comedy warpath'. The title alludes to his experiencing multiple sclerosis, and needing to use a walking stick.[13]

Teaching[edit]

From 2016 until 2018, Ferguson taught comedy screenwriting at New York University (NYU). He has also taught comedy screenwriting at the Screen Academy Scotland, Sydney University, Victorian College of the Arts.

Ferguson was a sessional lecturer in Screenwriting and Writing TV Comedy at RMIT University,[13][14][15] the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the Screen Academy Scotland. He has taught thousands of writers the principles of writing narrative comedy through his private Cheeky Monkey Comedy writing courses.

Writing/producing[edit]

He produced and co-wrote the orchestral performance piece Billie & The Dinosaurs with Chris Thompson & composer Geoff Willis. Its premiere performance was at the Australian Museum in 2017.

Billie & the Dinosaurs

In 2017, Ferguson co-wrote the feature film The BBQ starring Shane Jacobson and Magda Szubanski.

Ferguson was Series Script Editor for the ABCTV sitcom 'Ricketts Lane' starring Sammy J & Randy.

You can do stand-up comedy or you can do sit-down comedy.

Tim Ferguson, on performing with multiple sclerosis.[16]

Ferguson's autobiography Carry a Big Stick: A Life of Laughter, Friendship and MS[17] was published by Hachette in September 2013. It features the stories of his childhood, life as an international touring comedian, network TV celebrity, comedy feature film & sitcom writer and comedy screenwriting lecturer. It also presents him with a way of overcoming the challenges of multiple sclerosis (MS).[18]

Ferguson published The Cheeky Monkey-Writing Narrative Comedy (published by Currency Press), a comedy writing manual for screenwriters, playwrights and authors. The book offers "a revolutionary approach to comedy writing" and features methods for comic story & character development.[19]

In 2001, Ferguson branched out into production when he created, the TV1 comedy series Shock Jock.

In 2003, he hosted a talk back radio show on 3AK and was the host of Big Brother Australia 2003's Big Brother The Insider.

In 2010, Ferguson was executive producer, writer and host of the independent tonight show WTF – With Tim Ferguson on C31 Melbourne.[20] WTF is directed by Marc Gracie (Full Frontal, Unreal TV).

Ferguson was script producer for the AWGIE-nominated web series Forgettherules. He co-wrote and hosted eight series and multiple 1-hour specials of Network Ten's Unreal TV and Foxtel's long-running sci-fi fan-show "Space Cadets".

Other[edit]

Tim Ferguson is one of Australia's top corporate event performers, hosting events and conferences for Australasia's leading corporations.

Tim Ferguson is Patron of MS Australia and Music for Canberra.[21]

Ferguson (left) performing with the reformed Doug Anthony All Stars in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Ferguson announced on an episode of Good News Week in 2010 that he has multiple sclerosis (MS), which required him to occasionally use a walking cane.[22] Ferguson has experienced MS symptoms since the age of 19. His show at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was called "Carry a Big Stick", an allusion to his MS.[13] Ferguson's condition has since progressed further and he now uses a wheelchair.

'Carry A Big Stick' - Live comedy show

He owns the third largest Star Wars toy collection in the southern hemisphere.[23]

On 22 March 2017, Ferguson featured on Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery, with host Julia Zemiro taking him on a tour of his childhood home and schools in Bathurst and Canberra.[24]

In December 2017, Tim and co-host Maynard recorded a live charity show of their Castaway Award-winning podcast, 'Bunga Bunga', called 'A Very Bunga Christmas' to a huge crowd of fans at the Harold Park Hotel in Sydney. He has spoken out for young Australians with MS and other disabilities living in aged care.[25] He campaigns to arrange more appropriate options for them.

In 2017, Ferguson hosted the South West Disability Expo, helping thousands of South West Sydney residents with disabilities gain greater control over their lives and engage the most suitable services in their area to meet their individual needs.

In February 2018, Ferguson apologised to TV critic Candace Sutton for a series of abusive letters and drawings faxed to her by him in 1990. The other group members apologised for not confronting him over this at the time. The letters sent to Sutton contained obscene drawings and numerous rude remarks towards Sutton. [26]

Ferguson is a Patron of MS Australia, the national voice for people living with Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative neurological illness. Tim's stage of MS is known as Secondary Progressive.

Ferguson supports the Summer Foundation (Building Better Lives). Established in 2006, the key aim of the Summer Foundation is to change human service policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes. The Summer Foundation utilises a range of strategies to influence health, housing, aged care and disability service policy and practice related to this target group.

His work fundraising and raising awareness is ongoing for Motor-Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury Conditions.

Tim hosts the Uniting Church podcast featuring people with disabilities including Downes Syndrome, Vision Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.

Ferguson regularly speaks at public and corporate events about disability, housing, social services and health at events. His most regular keynote speech themes are inclusivity, positivity and overcoming challenges.

Political candidacy[edit]

On the ABC's Q&A program on 4 May 2013, Ferguson announced his candidacy for the Australian Senate in the 2013 Australian federal election. He said that he would have no policies, and that he wanted someone for whom he could vote.[27] Ferguson nominated for the Senate for New South Wales, as a member of the Senator Online party.

In the 1990 Australian federal election, Ferguson stood as an independent candidate for the seat of Kooyong, against the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Peacock. Following a "Vote For Tim" campaign conducted by the Allstars on The Big Gig, he gained 3.7% of the vote.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnold, John (2005). The bibliography of Australian literature, Volume 2. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. p. 27. ISBN 0-7022-3500-8.
  2. ^ "Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery".
  3. ^ Cerabona, Ron (6 October 2012). "'It's funny because it's scary'". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ Lewes, Jacqueline Lee: Antenna: "Tony Ferguson ... Father of a Doug Anthony All Star", The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 March 1989.
  5. ^ Ferguson, Tim; Petty, Bruce, 1929- (1997). Left, right and centre : a tale of greed, sex and power. Penguin Books Australia. ISBN 978-0-14-026579-8.
  6. ^ Plunkett, Luke (5 August 2011). "The Weird & Wonderful World of Australian Video Game Commercials". Kotaku.
  7. ^ Dyktynski, Matthew; Robinson, Sancia; Veitch, Michael; Budge, Tom (1 April 2001), Shock Jock, retrieved 29 January 2017
  8. ^ "Tim's original Constitutional Preamble". wordpress.com. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. ^ Karlovsky, Brian (12 August 2015). "Spin Out set for Shepparton shoot". Inside Film. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  10. ^ Westcott, Ben (5 March 2014). "Doug Anthony All Stars reunite to begin Canberra Comedy Festival". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  11. ^ "2016 Award Winners | Edinburgh Festival Fringe". www.edfringe.com. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Bunga Bunga podcast". Maynard's Malaise. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  13. ^ a b c Finding humour in living with MS, 7.30, ABC News Online, 28 March 2012, accessed 29 March 2012
  14. ^ RMIT Staff – Mr Tim Ferguson Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Skills and thrills on offer at Expo Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. – Openline (RMIT News), 24 November 2008
  16. ^ FitzRoy, Louise (2014), Jimmy Barnes rocks the ABC studio, Melbourne: 774 ABC Melbourne, retrieved 22 August 2014
  17. ^ "Carry a big stick : a funny, fearless life of friendship, laughter and MS / Tim Ferguson. - Version details". Trove. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  18. ^ Pryor, Sally (26 September 2013). "Short end of the stick". The Age. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  19. ^ Northover, Kylie (5 April 2010). "A career of monkeying around". The Age. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  20. ^ Grace, Robyn (27 September 2010). "From Allstar to Channel 31". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  21. ^ Jeffery, Stephen (12 November 2016). "Tim Ferguson named Music for Canberra patron". Canberra Times. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  22. ^ Allstar To Class Act Archived 25 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine., The Weekly Review, 10 June 2010
  23. ^ ABC. "Brains Trust". Einstein Factor. ABC. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  24. ^ David Knox (21 March 2017). "Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery: Mar 22". ABC. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Ferguson calls to 'end the hell'". news.com.au. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  26. ^ staff, Guardian (27 February 2018). "Tim Ferguson apologises for 'vile bullying campaign' against journalist". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Q&A: Crime, Climate & Cask Wine". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  28. ^ Results for Kooyong Archived 19 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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