Former Graftonian Zoe Coombs Marr has just finished a weekly one-hour stint on Triple J.
Former Graftonian Zoe Coombs Marr has just finished a weekly one-hour stint on Triple J.

Triple J takes Zoe’s wit national

ZOE Coombs Marr is a funny woman – and by that I mean funny ha ha.

And regular Triple J broadcaster Sam Simmons agrees.

Having seen one of Zoe’s performances with her regular theatre trio Post, the quirky comic asked Zoe, a former Graftonian, to join him as a guest in four weekly broadcasts – the last of which was aired nationally yesterday from 11am to noon.

Zoe, who has achieved critical acclaim for several of her projects and various other performances, said she was honoured to be asked to broadcast on Triple J.

“I was basically asked to go in and have a conversation with Sam,” she said.

“I was extremely nervous before the first one ... it’s definitely the biggest audience I have ever performed to.”

Without wishing to pre-empt anything, Zoe said she would welcome a callback from Triple J for a regular spot.

Though some of the content of Zoe’s broadcast cannot be published in The Daily Examiner, she did make reference to Christmas dinner at her family’s Clarenza farm and how she had been eating lots of meat in her short break.

She told how the family had engaged in a water fight and that in fact there was “no natural end to a water fight ... you just have to say ‘please please stop’.”

Zoe touched on an incident on the farm in which a paddock was accidentally set alight by a camp oven, and Sam was astonished by her animal tattoos – a wombat, koala and possum.

It turns out the tattoos represent Zoe’s parents’ pet names for her and her two sisters Alicia and Molly. She even referred to her own ‘childish’ pun name Hoey Poon Fart.

To the future, Zoe said Post was now working with the Sydney Theatre Company and hoped to soon secure a residency in New York.

The prolific performer is also working on a solo show entitled The Summer That Changed My Life in which she will discuss growing up in the country.



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