Full Hour is Melbourne’s number one live talk show… or so its host will proudly claim time and time again in this ambitious bid for the title. But what exactly does that mean? Is Full Hour a theatrical show? A YouTube channel? Or a podcast? The answer is all of the above…
Hosted by the ever inquisitive yet sternly rational Robin Thomas, this live talk show has all of Melbourne’s best in arts and culture on one stage, live and unscripted. Supporting from behind the espresso bar is Robin’s coffee-making sidekick Nat, who caffeinates the program while Robin speaks with prominent cultural voices such as refugee advocates and climate specialists. They share new ideas and new approaches regarding the issues most dear to Melbournian hearts. All this is captured on film by the camera-shy Camera-Man Jack, whose somewhat interruptive approach to being a fly on the wall adds an irreplaceable candour to the evening's proceedings. The delightful house band, fronted by Alex Mansell, musically guides the night along promptly with charming panache, as each special guest is welcomed with their personalised intro music. Spiced and peppered with entertainment from the city’s hottest bands and its comedy clubs' most talked about comedians, Full Hour brings a platform which sparks enjoyment, opinions and engagement from all.
Whether Full Hour is or isn’t Melbourne’s number one live talk show is absolutely irrelevant as Full Hour holds its audience in that strange yet electrifying sense of: is this for real, or is this a joke? And asks the question: so long as we’re all having fun and no one gets hurt, does it matter? This is a must see, live at Howler on March 6. An exciting project that shouldn’t be missed.