The evening takes a playful turn as the renowned wit of The Chaser’s Chris Taylor is met with some of the sharpest minds of the Festival. Candid and conversational, highbrow and low, strap yourself in for a lively chat that encompasses everything from pop culture to politics. Relaxed, rollicking and at times risqué, Chris joins My Dad Wrote a Porno’s Jamie Morton; bestselling author of the Captive Prince trilogy, C.S. Pacat and data editor of The Guardian US, Mona Chalabi.

Jamie Morton (International)

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Jamie Morton is a digital director, editor and writer based in London. When his father self-published a terrible erotic novel, Jamie took to reading it chapter by chapter in a comedy podcast entitled My Dad Wrote A Porno. The show immediately stormed to the top of the iTunes chart both in the UK and around the globe and has been downloaded over 50 million times with celebrity super-fans like Elijah Wood, Daisy Ridley and Michael Sheen joining in the smut. In October 2016 Jamie, along with his co-hosts, wrote a best-selling book based on the show.

C.S. Pacat (Australian)

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C.S. Pacat is the author of the best-selling Captive Prince trilogy. Her first series began its life as an original-fiction web serial, which attracted viral attention before being acquired by Penguin USA. The Captive Prince trilogy went on to become a USA Today bestseller after being published to commercial success and critical acclaim.

Mona Chalabi (International)

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Mona Chalabi is a data journalist. She is the data editor of The Guardian US and a columnist at New York Magazine. As well as co-producing a four-part documentary series about vaginas, Mona has written for TV shows on National Geographic, the BBC and VICE. In 2016, Mona’s data sketches were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. The drawings, which are designed to make numbers more relatable, can be viewed on her Instagram account. Before getting into journalism, Mona worked in the nonprofit sector, first at the Bank of England, then Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration.

Chris Taylor (Australian)

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Chris Taylor is a writer, broadcaster and performer who's best known as a member of The Chaser. His television credits include The Hamster Wheel, CNNNN and The Chaser’s War on Everything. Chris has also presented radio shows on ABC Local Radio and on Triple J, including the drive program Today Today and the ARIA Award winning comedy series The Blow Parade. He is one of the few Australian comedians who doesn't have a podcast.