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Derby and Joan hit Adelaide

Posted by Philip on 30 November 2008, 9:13 pm in ,

It was raw, it was real. Derby (Julie McNamara) and his darling Joan hit Feast Festival in Adelaide for three nights in November.

[caption id="attachment_636" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Derby (Julie McNamara) and Joan (me)"]Derby (Julie McNamara) and Joan (me)[/caption]

"Derby and Joan are two fading Artistes in a care home for Queers in reduced circumstances.Too long in the tooth and too short a fuse. How far do you have to go to get rid of a serious irritation? Derby and Joan are both dressed to kill, riddled with acerbic wit and politically incorrect ravings. Which bitch will win the day?

Philip Patston, New Zealand's national treasure, acclaimed sit down stand up comedian and raconteur, pairs up with the infamous Julie McNamara in this scratch performance of their new show. "

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Building bonds benefit both, say Diverse Dads

Posted by Philip Patston on 12 September 2008, 4:35 pm in ,

Relationship building with children was made easier by not having to fit mainstream fathering stereotypes, disabled dads and gay dads agreed in a panel discussion during Waitakere City’s Focus on Fathering Week last week.

“We are different from the start, so we don’t even try to fit in. We’re building a new architecture of parenting,” said Maori gay man Ian. He and Dutch partner of 15 years, Erik, have “whangaied” (looked after children from within the family) over 20 children from two generations with up to seven children at one time living with them.

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Diversity highlights future fathering trend

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 August 2008, 5:58 pm in ,

Disabled and gay men will share their experiences of fatherhood on a panel discussion as part of Waitakere City’s Focus on Fathering Week, in September.

“Diverse Dads – Fathers of the Future” is being organised by gay, disabled comedian Philip Patston. He aims to draw attention to the experience of men who may be overlooked as fathers.

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Diverse Dads mull over macho mainstream

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 August 2008, 5:57 pm in ,

Did you hear the one about the gay, disabled comedian who wanted children?

He was only joking…or was he?

Billy T Award-winning comic Philip Patston admits he’s nearly become a dad four times in his life – once in a drunken teenage moment and three times in discussion with lesbian friends. But right now, at 40, he’s quite content to be an uncle to two nieces, two nephews and numerous children of friends. “Children are wonderful,” he quips, “and even better when you can give them back to their parents.”

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