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5 minutes with Tim Ferguson

Tim FergusonTim Ferguson is a widely acclaimed comedian, writer and producer. He's toured the world performing stand-up and musical comedy, co-writing dozens of live stage comedy shows and light entertainment programmes. He has written and produced sitcoms, and is Australia's foremost teacher of screen comedy.

Tim was a member of comedy trio Doug Anthony Allstars with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler. Author of the bestselling comedy manual The Cheeky Monkey Writing Narrative Comedy, Tim consults for various production companies. Photo by James Penlidis.

What was the last good book you read?

Goodbye, Babylon by Bob Ellis.

Do you have a favourite Library?

Woollahra Library of course! Great book enthusiasts! And my grandfather frequented it.

What's the strangest thing you've ever read about yourself or your work?

"I thought it was a comedy, then discovered it's an autobiography. Such a funny life!" [Shelley Klein, UK Books]

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

"You can reinvent yourself as yourself."

What drew you to the subject matter of your latest book?

People needed answers to some big questions about my behaviour.

Want to know more about Carry A Big Stick?

Carry A Big StickAn inspiring memoir that shows we can laugh at adversity or beat it with a great big whacking stick. Tim Ferguson had it all. He was part of the edgy, provocative comedy trio the Doug Anthony Allstars. The three mates began busking on the streets of Canberra and went on to become rock stars of comedy conquering pubs, clubs, theatres and televisions all around the world.

Then, one morning, Tim woke and his whole left side wouldn t work. He'd suspected something was wrong before that day but had done his best to ignore it. If only it was so simple. An eventual diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) meant an end to the frenetic, high-energy life Tim was living. He had to start again He kept his diagnosis to himself, but secrets are a burden. Eventually, he told the world. MS might have changed a lot of things, but Tim's quick wit is still as sharp as ever.

Carry A Big Stick is published by Hachette and available now