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QPF2017 Cat Show

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival

QPF2017 Distant Voices presents comedic jazz-cat The Bedroom Philosopher returning to Brisbane for an exclusive QPF purr-formance. He’ll celebrate his back cat-alogue by playing every song that mentions a cat, while dressed as a cat. It’ll be Cat Stevens versus Cat Power with Kitty Flanagan by a whisker. Enjoy an intimate evening of song and spoken word with this witty meowstro.

The Bedroom Feline-of-fur is best known for his triple j hit, Northcote (So Hungover), which is the Khe-Sanh for hipsters. He won the Directors Choice award at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and made his debut appearance on Spicks and Specks seven times (repeats). He has supported the likes of Amanda Palmer, Peter Coombe, and Tripod.

In 2009, he played a young John Safran in John Safran Race Relations. He has appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, Rage and Adam Hills Tonight. (He was also on Collectors with his collection of 300 1970s ties. The vision was so confronting that the show was immediately axed).

As Justin Heazlewood, his book Funemployed: Life as an Artist in Australia was published in 2014 and as a series on Radio National. His latest album, Funemployed LP, is available on Spotify, which keeps him in cat biscuits.

Media Quotes

Cat show will win you over, even if you’re a dog person.
- The AU Review

A daggy, sexy and acerbic hurricane of whimsy.
- The Sydney Morning Herald

One of the few artists making a genuine attempt to explore the oddness of our age.
- The Age

He is so hip, he’s absolutely not hip at all.
- Amanda Palmer.

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Image caption: The Bedroom Philosopher - Cat Show

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Event Details

Date & Time

Sat 26 Aug, 8.30pm

Duration: Approx 60min (no interval)


Theatre Unreserved Seating

General admission: $20

Concession:* $15

*Concession: Full-time students, pensioners, unwaged and government senior cardholders ONLY

Age recommendation: 15+ (Mature Themes)