Have you been listening to community radio station RPP FM on a Thursday morning lately? Well, if you haven’t, you should, because Katie M Little is delivering her oh-so-dry reflections on the state of the world from 8.10-8.25am live on John Shore’s breakfast program, and let’s just say you’ll start the Mornington Peninsula day with a cackle.
Growing up backstage watching her mother Jeanne Little perform, this stand-up comic, writer and musician knows all about what it’s like to live on showbiz street. Katie’s book Catch a Falling Star describes her sequin-studded upbringing with a mother whose energy and wit has been indelibly etched into this fast-talking black humourist with a hypnotic singing voice.
We are both laughing as soon as the phone conversation begins. “I’m loving the radio gig. Doing a weekly show gives me the opportunity to vent, make fun of life and have a laugh. I scan the news every week and try to keep up with what’s happening locally and around the world. The Australian Open tennis tantrums. Lockdown. All the crazy stuff that is going on. I talk about things that other people might be thinking but would never say out loud. I had a crazy childhood, and looking after Mum – who had Alzheimer’s before she died late last year – was . . . well, laughing is a great coping mechanism, a real outlet. I mean, there was a television crew on my doorstep the day after Mum died.”
Katie continues: “I wanted to write comedy, and Tim Ferguson from the Doug Anthony All Stars told me: ‘If you want to succeed as a comic writer, you have to do stand-up.’ So I did stand-up and was lucky enough to find a nightclub scene where the audience was really switched on and responded to offbeat humour. Working on the radio is a bit different. You’ve got to be able to self-filter, and I learnt how to do that through stand-up. I’d been looking for ways to keep up with work since COVID and jumped at the opportunity to do the radio show.”
You can tune into The Little Chat with Katie M Little via RPP FM’s website www.rppfm.com.au to catch a glimpse of Katie’s world, where this numerology and tarot-reading comic gets down to the nitty-gritty of how mental life can be. She chooses to remember all the “good stuff in the ‘80s living with Mum and Dad Barry in Paddington” and is also thrilled to be working alongside her partner Timothy Poulton making indie-electronic music. Check out their latest track Sitting with Demons – but not before tuning into RPP FM.
RPP FM station manager Brendon Telfer says the station has been overwhelmed with interest and it’s “a fantastic way to start the day on a Thursday morning listening to one of Australia’s most talented comedians who hails from one of the country’s most revered families of entertainment royalty”.
The show is available on podcast too. Ripper.