Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ian Harvie - The World's ONLY FTM Trans Stand Up Comic

Ian Harvie has a very special claim to fame. He is the only Female-to-male transgender individual making a living as a stand up comic. The American got his big break when he teamed up with fellow comedian Margaret Cho, who took him under her wing as her support act for 3 years. Now he is standing in his own spotlight with plenty of transgender content to share with his audience. Ian is back in Melbourne for the second time for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his show "Parts Sold Seperately". He joined the HDC in the studio on the morning of his opening night.

Click here to listen to their chat.

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This girl is NOT an International Student.....

Above is the face of The Hump Day Crew's Ginni's grade prep version. Though there may have been signs in the six year old face of Ginni of the potential to be mistaken for an international student....she is not. She supports multi-culturalism and the right to study wherever is most suitable to obtain an education that is relevant to one's desired field.

Twice this year already, Ginni has been handed pamplets at Flinders St Station, assumed to be a student. She confides in Bish - who comes up with a theory to potentially evade being mistaken for a student.

Click here for his tips.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Twilight Drama: Edward dumps Bella for Jacob

Twilight is one of the biggest movie franchises of recent years. It's also one of Adz's biggest fantasies for the Twilight boys to hook up so we set Impro Melbourne a improvise the scene of Edward dumping Bella for Jacob.

Click here for hilarious results (forgive the HDC sniggling in the background).

As part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival you can check out Late Night Impro with Impro Melbourne.
Venue: The Bosco, City Square (Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts)
Dates: 26th, 27th March, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th April (Friday & Saturday nights ONLY)
Tickets: $18.00 full, $15.00 groups 10+
Times: 11:00pm
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 or

Find out more about Impro Melbourne at

HDC Global Community - Carles Bernardes Amado talks about Rio Carnival

It ain't gay...but it so is! Rio's Carnival is on this weekend. The HDC cross to Rio to find out how preparations are coming along. Click here to listen as we cross to Rio

The Influential Julie McCrossin

Although Julie McCrossin left the ABC 3 years ago she is still very active wearing many hats. However no matter what she is doing she is always representing the GLBTI community in a positive light. Her work led to her making 's Top 25 Most Influential GLBTI's for 2009.

Click here to listen to her chat with the HDC.

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Stefanie Imbruglia Influences Transgender Law in Australia

Stefanie was looking forward to her Rite of Passage. Going to get her female passport before heading to Thailand for her operation. However sudden legislation changes made by the Howard Government made the process difficult and dangerous. Stefanie took on the Government and won.

Click here to listen to her story.

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Lisa Daniel Influences the Gay Movies in Melbourne

Lisa Daniel has been the Melbourne Queer Film Festival Director for the last 12 years. Running one of the world's large queer film festivals isn't an easy task but has earned her a place in 's Most Influential 25 GLBT Individuals of 2009 list. Lisa talks to the HDC about her role, the Festival and how many movies she has to watch.

Click here to listen.

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Anthony Venn-Brown & Freedom 2 b[e]

People who are same-sex orientated often feel pressure to reject or deny their true feelings. Some people have gone to extremes of exorcisms, "ex-gay" programs or marrying to "solve" the problem. Freedom 2 b[e] is celebrating people who are now celebrating their sexuality post their ex-gay times.

Click here to listen to Anthony Venn-Brown talk to the HDC about Freedom 2 b[e].

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Charlotte Dawson - Australia's Next Top Model

Nothing makes the beautiful turn bitchy like a modelling competition and in Australia, that equals Australia's Nect Top Model.

The Hump Day Crew chat to Charlotte Dawson about what to expect in 2010. Click here to listen.

Aaron Neich - A Gay Influential Australian

When Aaron Neich auditioned to be a cheerleader for the Penrith Panthers few people expected him to make the cut – not even himself. But he showed Australia that there's more than one place for men on the football field. The media attention generated has made him a role model for young gay guys, although Aaron is still getting used to it. It also earned him a place in 's Top 25 Most Influential GLBT Individuals for 2009.

Click here to listen to his chat with the HDC.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Zoe Badwi - painting the town pink for a second time

Zoe Badwi is one of The Hump Day Crew's favourite local gals. Her energy and vocals leave you succumbing to her dancefloor and suppressing the urge to "Raise Your Hands." Due to her rocking out 300 girls at last year's March Pinkalicious party (see photo left) Zoe Badwi is back to perform at the upcoming March 20 Party at The Rydges Hotel, Melbourne, only this time, it's twice the venue size and twice the number of girls! With DJ's Ish and Mike Evans set to spin uplifting vocal house from 9pm - if Badwi's last performance was any kind of indication of what the reception would be like, this one will be set to sizzle!
Australia's first exclusively female party is set to top it's amazing first birthday bash which featured the queen of house music, Inaya Day.

However, Zoe's talents also stem outside the singing arena; in matchmaking. Her facebook page saw her posting a picture of her friend saying: "can you believe this girl is still single?" Naturally, that was a rhetorical question! So to celebrate Zoe's return to Pinkalicious and her apparent "pimping" - The Hump Day Crew will set her a task they'd like to call "PIMPALICIOUS."

Pictured below is one of Bish's mates, James whom Zoe actively tried to "pimp" out on today's show.

Click here to hear the laughs from this morning.

Catch Zoe Badwi at Pinkalicious - Saturday March 20 from 9pm.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

John Ellis - Purrfectly Delightful!

It's been hailed as the greatest musical in the world and it's back, right here in Melbourne for a strictly limited season. Andrew Lloyd Webber's stunning score in Cats the musical had the puurrfect addition to it with it's multi talented cast. One of them, BAPA graduate - John Ellis aka Old Deutronomy. Ellis has worked extensively in musical theatre all over the world, from London to Cyprus, Melbourne to NY, and of course the UK. His Melbourne credits include The Wizard of Oz, Sondheim's and Cancerto to name a few.

After being based in London for the past 6 years, Ellis returns to his home state with a bang landing this role in Cats. He strays towards The Hump Day Crew who test just how Cat like he is - Click here to listen to their antics.

Cats is playing NOW at The Regent Theatre until April 4 - 191 Collins St, Melbourne.

Click here for tickets.

Managing The Stress Of Life

Article Courtesy of Chris Gregoriou - Metro Body Fitness

We live in a fast-paced world, forever changing, with information and media
thrust upon us as an ever increasing rate, its no wonder most peoples
stress levels are very high.
Stress is the emotional and physical strain you feel and is
brought on by pressure or changes around you
Its not always the unpleasant events that can cause stress, such as loosing a
job, or breaking up with a partner, but nice changes can also cause
stress, such as dating, a promotion or moving to a new place.

Top rated stress’s:
1) Death
2) Relationship
3) Job
4) Financial
5) Health
6) Sex

Are some people are more vulnerable to stress than others?
Your personality type plays a role in how you react to stress. People that are impatient,
drive themselves hard and fly off the handle easily (sometimes called Type A personalities)
may be more at risk for stress-related physical problems.

What are some signs of stress?
People react to stress in different ways. Once you identify your own signs of stress, they
can serve as your personal early warning system. Think of yourself as a car that's equipped with lights and gauges to warn you if any problems are developing. If you keep an eye on the gauges and catch the trouble early, the problem may be easy to fix. If you ignore the warning signs, you may be in for a major repair job.

You should assess yourself for four types of stress signs:
• Changes in body functions and physical health
• Changes in emotions and feelings
• Changes in behavior
• Changes in thoughts

The mental symptoms of stress include tension, irritability, inability to concentrate, feeling
excessively tired, and having trouble sleeping. The physical symptoms of stress include dry mouth, a pounding heart, difficulty breathing, stomach upset, frequent urination, sweating palms, and tense muscles that may cause pain and trembling.

Why we gain weight when stressed:
Stress creates an increase in the hormone cortisol, and chronic stress creates a chronic increase in cortisol. This is a problem because it slows your metabolism, leads to cravings and is linked to greater levels of abdominal fat storage. The vicious cycle of stress and weight gain goes around and around. Stress causes you to eat emotionally, and your raised cortisol levels cause that
food to be stored as fat.

Some tips that will help you feel calm, more peaceful, and maybe even ...stress-free.
1. Stop and "do nothing." (Give yourself a chance to calm down!)
2. Take a deep breath.
3. Exercise!
4. Make sure you're eating healthy.
5. Meditate, do yoga or perform another relaxation ritual like prayer or
6. Lie down and rest for a few minutes (it's refreshing!).
7. Stretching! (Simple stretching can really do wonders.)
8. Get enough sleep.

The Hump Day Crew's PT Chris, continues his tips on the show as he assess Adz, Ginni and Bish's stress levels - click here to listen to the podcast.

For more information - visit Metro Body Fitness

Counting Down To Club Skirt's - The Dinah

The countdown is ON to the biggest lesbian party in the world! Club Skirt's The Dinah is just a matter of days away as the ladies of the world wait with eager anticpation to experience the sheer entertainment CEO Mariah Hanson has up her sleeve. As usual, Hanson has further cemented The Dinah's 20th birthday bash with headlining acts set to blow your socks off! Headling The Dinah from March 31 is singing sensation Ke$ha, classics Salt N Pepa, and the comeback comedian herself - Rosie O'Donnell. Hanson has also taken a philanthropic angle with this party, making it a personal priority to ensure that the recent Proposition 8 law passed in Los Angeles depriving the LGBTIQ community of their rights was not overlooked. Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (featured on The Hump Day Crew last year) will appear at the NOH8 pool party to photograph as apart of the NOH8 campaign.

Hanson's incredible ability to predict future trends and talent is a reflection of the direction of where she has taken the lesbian community. Before announcing Ke$ha as the headline act for The Dinah - Hanson announced in her previous chat with The Hump Day Crew that she predicted this act was going to be huge. Funnily enough, in just a few short weeks, Ke$ha hit no.1 in the US and on our Australia shores and became the most downloaded artist in a single week ARIA chart history. It has been set that usually the male part of the gay community is the one that sets the trends; but it seems Hanson is putting a dent in that theory!

See Lady Gaga perform at The Dinah in 2009

And - Lady Gaga then kicked off her stardom to a massive 2009! If there's one thing for certain Australia - Mariah Hanson can teach us a thing or two about how to party! Catch her catch with Ginni and Adz from The Hump Day Crew - click here

Don't forget to book your ticket to the 20th anniversary celebration of Club Skirts - The Dinah!

Rick Egusquiza - Hollywood's Gossip Guru

The Hump Day Crew love to hear the latest gossip surrounding Hollywood Stars - especially now given the recent bust ups between Twlight Star Taylor Lautner and singer Taylor Swift along with Pussycat Dolls leading lady Nicole Scherzinger calling it quits with Racing Car man Lewis Hamilton; Adz and Ginni are on a personal mission to turn these stars with even a sniff of hope is enough to keep these two keen! So they have turned to someone a little closer to Nicole and Taylor.

Enter The National Enquirer man - Rick Egusquiza; a down to earth, easy to talk kind of guy who was the first to break the John Edward' extramarital affair to the world - ten months before the mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon. Egusquiza's inviting nature makes it close to impossible not to confide in him and his "Famous People's Oops" portfolio is one that many a tabloid would envy.

Some of the stories Egusquiza has been responsible for breaking are:
  • Ellen and Portia's first hook up
  • The Britney Speares breakdown
  • The Ben Affleck Stripper Scandal (at the time he was dating J-L0)
Stemming from an interesting employment background from running a clothing store in the LA Latino community, bartending in Venice Beach; Egusquiza's journalism debut as a writer was actually for a porn site! However, it was not long before the No.1 Tabloid magazine in America and is now the senior reporter with his best work still to come!

Rick stops by The Hump Day Crew to chat to Ginni and Adz - click here to listen.