Behind Bars with Pauly Fenech
Time & Location
About the Event
Pauly Fenech, the man who brought you Fat Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers, Housos, Deadly Down Under and Housos vs Virus invites you to Behind Bars, a night of comedy at The Boozehouse.
Pauly will interview two special guests, John Killick and Bernie Matthews, two notorious bank robbers from the 70's and 80's.
Your ticket includes dinner and the show. This is a not to be missed event!
Ticket: $65 + booking fee.
Creator, Writer, Director, Producer and Lead Cast – PAULY FENECH
After a brief career as an amateur kick boxer and an even briefer stint as a soldier in the Australian Army, Paul Fenech was hired by ABC TV as a stagehand to sweep the studio floors. For the following seven years, Paul worked his way up the TV chain, from sound assistant to floor manager, before realising his ambition of becoming a director.
In 1996 Paul made a short film called Space Pizza that won the open section of Tropfest. In 1998, Paul won first place at Tropfest with a film called Intolerance starring Austen Tayshus. The panel of judges included Jane Campion, Keanu Reeves, and Samuel L. Jackson. When the winners were announced, a drama ensued as Paul had entered the competition under a female pseudonym, Laura Feinstein.
On the back of all these short films, Paul made his first low budget feature called “Somewhere in the Darkness”. The film starred Ernie Dingo and Leah Purcell.
“Somewhere in the Darkness “was the first Australian film to be selected for competition at the Slamdance Film Festival in the US.
Paul began working at SBS on various documentaries. It was during this period Paul decided to pitch his pizza delivery concept that had served his short films so well. Pizza the TV series was born. Since its inception, almost seventy episodes of Pizza have been made since 2000 when the series’ first went to air.
Fat Pizza, the feature film, is also one of few Australian films to turn a profit recently and is currently ranked in the top 100 Australian films that have performed well at the box office.
Paul Fenech’s next creation was Swift and Shift Couriers, a comedy series based on the employees and a typical working day within a courier company. Swift and Shift Couriers season 1 & 2 features TV legend, Ian Turpie, and female comedy genius Amanda Keller.
The first series of Paul’s Housos gained a lot of media attention, despite the controversy surrounding the series, Housos went to air in October 2011 on SBS. The series held the 10pm timeslot but continued to pull high ratings. Housos was nominated for a Logie and in April 2012.
In November 2012, Paul released Housos vs Authority, a feature film based on the Housos television series. It was distributed by Transmission Films and Paramount Pictures. This was followed by a second television series Housos 2 which aired in July 2013. 2014 saw “Bogan Hunters” air for 7Mate successfully and ‘Housos’ won the 2014 Logie for ‘Best Light Entertainment.”
Paul constantly tours the nation with his sell out live comedy shows, travelling the reaches of Australia to venues of all sizes. Bringing his trademark comedy to fans who cannot easily get to the big cities.
In 2018, Paul produced the series ‘Deadly Down Under’ for 7mate which examined the wild and deadly places and creatures of Australia. The series saw Paul take on crocodiles, venomous snakes and even a haunted asylum.
Paul followed this up with a return to ‘Fat Pizza’ in 2019 which ‘Fat Pizza: Back in Business’, again for 7mate. This revival became the top rating series for a digital multichannel.
A third season of his logie winning series ‘Housos’ was produced in 2020, this time following the characters during the ‘Coronavirus Pandemic’. ‘Housos vs Virus: The Lockdown’ also became a ratings success for 7mate, even topping the previous year’s revival of ‘Fat Pizza’.
Paul is currently in post-production on a second series of ‘Fat Pizza: Back in Business’, due to air in mid 2021 with several further television projects in the works.