Q & A with Tina Del Twist and Wes Snelling
Tina Del Twist has a voice as smooth as honey and a comedic wit that could shred brie. This gin-soaked velvet draped madame has featured on ABCTV's Comedy Up Late, performed acclaimed seasons with Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne & Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Darwin Festival, Perth FringeWORLD and accepted invitations to perform in Sydney, Copenhagen, Berlin, Edinburgh, and New York.
Wes Snelling is an award winning cabaret artiste, performance-maker, actor, singer, comedian, writer, director, producer, radio presenter, production/stage/tour manager and mentor. Hailing from Kyneton, his home-grown performances have seen him tour throughout Australia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, South Korea, the UK and USA. Wes has featured on ABC TV (Interviews/Comedy UpLate), Network Ten and the Comedy Channel. Radio credits include co-hosting ABC 774’ s The Conversation Hour, and numerous appearances on RRR, Joy 94.9 and PBS.
Wes is the brains and bones behind his eccentric Aunt Tina's stardom/lifestyle. We managed to get them in the same room and sat them down for a little chat ahead of Tina performing with TLSQ in Silly Season at the Kew Court House Sat 2 December 2017.
When did you first meet and what were your first impressions of each other?
Tina: Well I met Wes at birth. His birth, not mine, he is my nephew so that would be odd, but not impossible I guess. Anyway, it was actually the day after his birth that I saw him for the first time. He was a chubby glowing thing. Or was that your brothers birth Wes? Oh who knows or cares, do you have any more wine? This glass ain’t gonna fill itself!
Wes: My first real memory of Aunt Tina was when I was 9 she took me behind our old garden shed and showed me how to roll a joint.
Tina: Well you have to learn sometime. No one wants to smoke a flacid doob. You know Wes your mother always said she was expecting a girl because she was experiencing wild mood swings, breakouts and oily skin, excessive morning sickness and was carrying quite high. But it turns she was just giving birth to a bohemian.