Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Paul Hogan - Week 11

Bec Reid

Hello, my name is Bec and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. This week, it’s all about vitality and we are joined by - is it Robbie Williams?

Paul Hogan

Hello everyone! Yeah! Everyone at the seniors festival!

Bec Reid

Is it Dame Edna? It could be Robert de Niro.

Paul Hogan

Come and watch. Come and watch us cos I’m watching you. Don’t mess with me.

Bec Reid

It’s the one and only Paul Hogan.

Paul Hogan

Hey, Bec. How you doing? Yay! How are we?

Bec Reid

Paul, I’m very well.

Paul Hogan

I’m trying to be myself today.

Bec Reid

Paul, where are you joining us from today?

Paul Hogan

In my study.

Bec Reid

In New York?

Paul Hogan

I wish. In Pakenham.

Bec Reid

You’re a singer, an actor, an impersonator. Can you tell us how you made your way into this fantastic performing life?

Paul Hogan

Yeah, I started doing office work and then when I got to about 22/23, my Mum saw in the local paper they were doing a show called Boyfriend - The Boyfriend, which is an old musical, and I auditioned for it. Had no idea that it was musical. Then the - the director said, “I want you to sing.” I’m thinking, “What? This is a musical.” I had no idea. So, anyway, the only song I knew was Cats in the Cradle. I sang about half of that and then the director said, “Well, you’ve got the main role as Tony in The Boyfriend,” and since then I just started to do musical theatre. I did a music theatre degree when I was 25. I’ve always liked to mimic other people since my high school days. Actually, what I love about performing is playing other people. There’s a certain thing about me. As - I’m very shy. I’m very - very quiet and when I’m onstage, I’m totally different.

Bec Reid

And, Paul, who is some of your favourite artists to impersonate?

Paul Hogan

Robbie Williams. Robert de Niro, Dame Edna Everage.

Bec Reid

From Sinatra to, the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, what is it that you really love about these artists and their music?

Paul Hogan

Well, with the Beach Boys and Frankie Valli and even the swing stuff that I do, especially the Robbie Williams swing, Frank Sinatra - you just can’t beat the old classics. It’s got the old showmanship which the world needs more of these days. I think deep down - I think everybody loves that era, that music.

Bec Reid

Have you met any of these artists?

Paul Hogan

I actually have met Robbie Williams. I got really nervous because my friend mentioned that I do a Robbie Williams tribute show. He’s like, “It’s okay, mate. Speak up. It’s okay, don’t - it’s alright. What’s your name? So, you do a Robbie Williams? Oh, that’s fantastic, yeah. Yeah, that’s great.” I could not open my mouth but it was - it - a fantastic guy and, yeah, great entertainer.

Bec Reid

What a great story, Paul. It sounds like you met an absolute kindred spirit. What is it that you love about impersonating?

Paul Hogan

I’m really good at listening to people’s voices. I don’t know what it is. It’s just - I’ve always listened to voices more than I’ve actually listened to what people are actually saying.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us a little bit about your connection to the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Paul Hogan

I did a show at the Melbourne - Melbourne Town Hall about five or six years ago. I just absolutely loved it. There’s just something about performing in front of seniors. I just love to see their smiling faces afterwards and just the singalongs. I think I was born in the wrong era. I wish I was - I wish I was - I wish I was a senior. I don’t like the word senior. I wish I was mature.

 

[Paul singing ‘That’s Life]

That’s life (That’s life), that’s what all the people say
You’re riding high in April, shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June

I said, that’s life (That’s life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks, stompin’ on a dream

But I don’t let it, let it get me down
‘Cause this fine old world it keeps spinning around


I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race


That’s life (That’s life) and I can’t deny it
Many times,
I thought of quitting, baby
But my heart just won’t buy it
And if there comes one thing this here July
I’m gonna jump on a big bird and then I’d fly


I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life (That’s life) and I can’t deny it
Many times I thought of quitting, baby but my heart won’t buy it
And if there comes one thing this here July
I’m gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die
My, my

 

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Actor, singer and impressionist Paul Hogan launched his performing career after his boss advised him to resign his office job and pursue a career on the stage.

Visit Paul's website: www.therealpaulhogan.com.au

Read his Performer Profile.

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Paul Hogan - Week 11

Bec Reid

Hello, my name is Bec and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. This week, it’s all about vitality and we are joined by - is it Robbie Williams?

Paul Hogan

Hello everyone! Yeah! Everyone at the seniors festival!

Bec Reid

Is it Dame Edna? It could be Robert de Niro.

Paul Hogan

Come and watch. Come and watch us cos I’m watching you. Don’t mess with me.

Bec Reid

It’s the one and only Paul Hogan.

Paul Hogan

Hey, Bec. How you doing? Yay! How are we?

Bec Reid

Paul, I’m very well.

Paul Hogan

I’m trying to be myself today.

Bec Reid

Paul, where are you joining us from today?

Paul Hogan

In my study.

Bec Reid

In New York?

Paul Hogan

I wish. In Pakenham.

Bec Reid

You’re a singer, an actor, an impersonator. Can you tell us how you made your way into this fantastic performing life?

Paul Hogan

Yeah, I started doing office work and then when I got to about 22/23, my Mum saw in the local paper they were doing a show called Boyfriend - The Boyfriend, which is an old musical, and I auditioned for it. Had no idea that it was musical. Then the - the director said, “I want you to sing.” I’m thinking, “What? This is a musical.” I had no idea. So, anyway, the only song I knew was Cats in the Cradle. I sang about half of that and then the director said, “Well, you’ve got the main role as Tony in The Boyfriend,” and since then I just started to do musical theatre. I did a music theatre degree when I was 25. I’ve always liked to mimic other people since my high school days. Actually, what I love about performing is playing other people. There’s a certain thing about me. As - I’m very shy. I’m very - very quiet and when I’m onstage, I’m totally different.

Bec Reid

And, Paul, who is some of your favourite artists to impersonate?

Paul Hogan

Robbie Williams. Robert de Niro, Dame Edna Everage.

Bec Reid

From Sinatra to, the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, what is it that you really love about these artists and their music?

Paul Hogan

Well, with the Beach Boys and Frankie Valli and even the swing stuff that I do, especially the Robbie Williams swing, Frank Sinatra - you just can’t beat the old classics. It’s got the old showmanship which the world needs more of these days. I think deep down - I think everybody loves that era, that music.

Bec Reid

Have you met any of these artists?

Paul Hogan

I actually have met Robbie Williams. I got really nervous because my friend mentioned that I do a Robbie Williams tribute show. He’s like, “It’s okay, mate. Speak up. It’s okay, don’t - it’s alright. What’s your name? So, you do a Robbie Williams? Oh, that’s fantastic, yeah. Yeah, that’s great.” I could not open my mouth but it was - it - a fantastic guy and, yeah, great entertainer.

Bec Reid

What a great story, Paul. It sounds like you met an absolute kindred spirit. What is it that you love about impersonating?

Paul Hogan

I’m really good at listening to people’s voices. I don’t know what it is. It’s just - I’ve always listened to voices more than I’ve actually listened to what people are actually saying.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us a little bit about your connection to the Victorian Seniors Festival?

Paul Hogan

I did a show at the Melbourne - Melbourne Town Hall about five or six years ago. I just absolutely loved it. There’s just something about performing in front of seniors. I just love to see their smiling faces afterwards and just the singalongs. I think I was born in the wrong era. I wish I was - I wish I was - I wish I was a senior. I don’t like the word senior. I wish I was mature.

 

[Paul singing ‘That’s Life]

That’s life (That’s life), that’s what all the people say
You’re riding high in April, shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June

I said, that’s life (That’s life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks, stompin’ on a dream

But I don’t let it, let it get me down
‘Cause this fine old world it keeps spinning around


I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race


That’s life (That’s life) and I can’t deny it
Many times,
I thought of quitting, baby
But my heart just won’t buy it
And if there comes one thing this here July
I’m gonna jump on a big bird and then I’d fly


I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life (That’s life) and I can’t deny it
Many times I thought of quitting, baby but my heart won’t buy it
And if there comes one thing this here July
I’m gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die
My, my