- Chef Extraordinaire
Born onto the first of the Twelve Apostles to collapse,
Tuffy eventually made his way to the main land by fashioning a raft out of
seagulls and twine. He spent his first 15 years existing as a hunter gather
along the great ocean road with a diet consisting of mainly bogan’s and
Teenage curiosity and lust for V8s lead him to the big smoke (Geelong).
Here he attempted to assimilate into society by perusing the following
interests: tinker, DJ, fitter and turner, actor, landscape gardener, mime
artist and Merv Hughes impersonator. During a bucks night at the casino in
2001 Tuffy was struck by a stray bolt of lightning which partially cured his
Tourette’s syndrome and imbued him with super human barbequing powers.
Swearing less and cooking more he went on a whirl wind tour of the globe
preparing his sausage for everyone from President Vladimir Putin to the
inmates at Guantanamo Bay. This amazing turn of events lead to the role of
super chef on Hot Dog With the Lot where Tuffy has truly cemented his
place as the greatest BBQ front man that ever lived.
Jonathon Welsby - Presenter
Having performed mainly on Boeing 747’s, Jonathan
Welsby came to the show with a wealth of aeronautical
engineering experience. Since breaking his back in 2001,
he began concentrating more on pantomimes and less on
extreme sports, culminating in his role as inside host
‘extraordinaire’ on Hot Dog with the Lot. Jonathan has
worked previously on a number of short films and air-
It is Jonathan’s dream to combine all his skills and
passions by performing a Grimm Brothers medley aboard
a well air-conditioned aeroplane at 10,000 feet with his theatre troupe (The Mile High Players).
Sariban - Presenter and Producer
After graduating from RMIT’s Professional
Screenwriting course, Tara has written scripts for several animations and
interactive media productions, most recently for the Austereo Network.
has a background in performance, music video production and script editing.
Having spent time in the murky underworld of children’s entertainment Tara is
pleased to find herself working with adult language and content – of a sort.
Richard Higgins -
Since illustrious beginnings of school plays at Parkdale
Secondary College, Richard Higgins has been acting, puppeteering, dancing,
singing, stage managing, devising and generally ‘showing off’ as his mum puts
it. Former partners in crime include Interior Theatre, Kumquat Theatre, Puppetvision, director Lynne Ellis and RMIT Union Theatre
He has recently appeared in "Penny
Machinations" (winner of the 2005 Fringe Special Event Award, written & directed
by Matt Kelly), "Crave" by Sarah Kane, directed by Jess Murphy, and
"Warhol*Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard Through Andy’s Eyes" and, yes, "The Day My Bum
Went Psycho" by Andy Griffiths – both directed by Lynne Ellis. But that was all
on the stage. He has lost his small screen virginity to Hot Dog with the Lot,
which has been just as seedy as it sounds. Currently Richard is completing a
graduate diploma in Creative Arts (Theatre Studies) at Melbourne University but don’t
hold that against him.