Friendly Fire

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Penguin Random House Australia, May 1, 2010 - Humor - 256 pages
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Wil Anderson turns his sharp gaze and wicked wit to the stupid, strange and perplexing quandaries of popular culture

He's often wrong, but always funny - Patrick Cook. Some of you will know Wil Anderson as 'the bloke who sits in the middle on that ABC-TV show with the weird name' (The Gruen Transfer); or 'the one who wasn't Corinne or Hughesy on that show that used to get in trouble all the time' (The Glass House); or maybe even 'the guy who hosts Spicks and Specks' (That's actually Adam Hills but he gets that a lot.) You might have also heard him on the radio playing the Wil part of Wil and Lehmo on Triple M, a show that was described by one critic as 'being on the same time as Hamish and Andy'.

For five years he also got up at a time most people consider 'last night' to be 'the one who knew lots about Buffy but nothing about maths' on the much-loved Triple J Breakfast Show with Adam Spencer. Wil also does a bit of writing, and authored a bestselling book called Survival of the Dumbest which he can happily boast is 'over 250 pages without pictures'.

But it is stand-up comedy that is Wil's true passion. He has proudly told 'dick jokes for cash' in pretty much every comedy club and festival in Australia, and taken his knob gags international at all the major festivals from Edinburgh to Auckland to Montreal, and graced some of the most famous stages in the world in New York and LA. In 2008 Wil was named GQ's Comedic Talent of the Year, and given an excellent trophy which he immediately misplaced while drunk at the after party.

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About the author (2010)

Comedian, writer and broadcaster, Wil Anderson was the former co-host of Triple J's Breakfast show, one of Australia's few truly national brekkie radio gigs and former host of ABC-TVs cult hit 'The Glass House'.

However, he is probably still best known as one of Australia's greatest live stand-up comedians, selling out theatres across the country. His ease on stage is a disarming front for intelligent material that ranges from personal to pop to politics.

He has also performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and in 1999 was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, returning since to much critical acclaim. Wil writes the Sunday Roast column for the Sunday Magazine (Sunday Telegraph). He has also been a columnist for The Australian, Melbourne Extra (1998-99) and The Big Issue (1997), and is one of Australia's most accomplished corporate performers. He currently hosts the successful Wil + Lehmo show on Triple M.

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