You have a dog – where’s a place your dog
loves to go?
Ruby is an RSPCA girl, she’s a mix. They said
she was a Bull Arab but to me she’s just my
big brown dog. I love to take Ruby to Nudgee
Beach, there’s a big off leash beach there and all
the dogs have a great time.
Where’s your favourite place for coffee?
Reverends in Fortitude Valley does great
coffee, they don’t even flinch when I order
a cappuccino. I also love their food, it’s
probably my favourite spot for brunch
at the moment.
What about a meal out?
I love Gobi Manchurian at Taj
Mahal on Brunswick Street, at
New Farm. It’s a simple dish
of fried cauliflower in a light
chilli sauce, but it’s so delicious.
I’ve ordered it every single time
I’ve been there. I love that it’s
just up from Bloodhound Bar, also
on Brunswick Street, where I like to try a
couple of their new craft beers then head to my
old faithful Taj Mahal to top the night.
What is your favourite leisure activity?
I like watching drift practise at Archerfield on
a Thursday night, drifting is a style of driving
where you try to get your car sideways around a
course. Of course, the best bit is when someone
pushes it too far and goes into the pile of tyres! I
know, I’m a bogan. I’m sorry.
You grew up in Samford. What are you
fondest memories of childhood there?
It was excellent to have creeks to play in, there
was always a wallaby eating the grass on our
front lawn, we had two hectares so you could
play music loud and burn piles of old wood
if you wanted to, it was a bit far away from
things for me as a teenager but when I was
little I loved it.
Brisbane-based comedian Mel Buttle presents
her show I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttle as part
of the Brisbane Comedy Festival, 14-19 March.
Tickets from $22-32 per person plus fees atwww.brisbanepowerhouse.org
You started stand-up in Perth where you
studied marketing. What made you decide to
turn to comedy?
I just got hooked on it, I started doing open mic
in Perth as I felt I had nothing to lose, being away
from home, and before you know it you’re kind
of addicted to comedy. I just kept going and here
I am. I was also hopeless at working in an office. I
can’t sit still and I struggle with organisation. Also
I can’t take any clip art signs seriously.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever
happened to you?
I was so bad at working in an office when I left
my job in Perth, they unveiled a permanent
plaque they’d installed on the tea room door
that read ‘The Mel Buttle Memorial Tea Room’
because I spent so much time in there just day-
dreaming and not working.
The Great Australian Bake-of
on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel, any tips on
where to find great baked treats in Brisbane?
I love Jocelyn’s Provisions in James Street,
Fortitude Valley. The passionfruit cupcakes are
the best (but Jocelyn has moved on and now
bakes for her latest store Cake and Bake at West
End, also a treat). Pearl Café at Woolloongabba
has a great pastry chef and when I just need a
couple of slices of cake for a dinner party I pop in
there. My other favourite is Miettes Boulangerie
and Patisserie. There’s one in Corinda and at
Graceville, where I get my bread. They do a
fabulous organic, stone-ground, whole-wheat
What is yor favourite short break out of town?
Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. Rick Shores is
a great restaurant right on the beachfront, perfect
for few cocktails and I cannot recommend their
Fried (Moreton Bay) Bug Roll enough. I often
Airbnb a place in Burleigh for a couple of nights
when I need a break. It’s still got a bit of that ’80’s
Gold Coast vibe to it which I love – it’s not all
high-rises and kale smoothies.
I love to take people to
It’s loud, there are
there’s carnival food,
it’s really fun
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