photo: Alex Schoelcher
Indie song and dance man The Bedroom Philosopher is a whip-smart maverick of jollies and jazz-chords. The Tassie born “Jarvis Cocker of Stand-Up” rose to fame with a songwriting segment on Triple J’s Morning Show. He has gone on to release several albums including the genre-hopping Songs From The 86 Tram. His live performances are madcap affairs where a love for improvisation shines. As one reviewer said BP is “obviously uncomfortable with himself, although very comfortable with the audience.”
In 2006 his oddball opus I’m So Post Modern was a Super Request hit, being voted #72 in Triple J’s Hottest 100. The single was taken from the debut album In Bed With My Doona described as “the Sgt. Peppers of indie folk-comedy” (by Beddy Phil writing his own review for Beat under Liam Pieper’s name.)
In 2010 the laser-sharp parody Northcote (So Hungover) became a hipster-slaying anthem. The rock-dog clustered video won international awards and gained half a million views. Songs From The 86 Tram was a sell-out at Melbourne Comedy Festival, taking out the Directors Choice award. It might have gone on to win best show if BP hadn’t been car-doored on his bike (on the 86 line) and broken his humerus.
Often moonlighting under his own name Justin Heazlewood, BP was a senior writer for Frankie magazine. In 2012 he released The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries, earning high praise from Neil Gaiman. In 2014 he secured a deal with Affirm Press to pen Funemployed, a self-help memoir about life as an artist in Australia. He launched it by reading all 300 pages over thirteen hours. He has since published a powerful but playful childhood memoir called Get Up Mum – which was developed into a radio series for RNs Life Matters.
In 2014 he won ABC’s Fresh Blood, writing and starring in Crazy Bastards, a parody of Mad Men set in 80’s Oz. In 2016 he was commissioned by Coburg Carnivale to create Cat Show (his first in five years). He toured it across the festival circuit in 2017 including Sydney Comedy Festival and Queensland Poetry Festival. It went alright.
The Bedroom Philosopher has appeared on Spicks & Specks, Adam Hills Tonight, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (but he just wants to guest program rage). He’s performed at the Big Day Out, Falls Festival & Woodford Folk Festival. He has supported Amanda Palmer, Peter Combe & himself.
“A daggy, sexy and acerbic hurricane of whimsy.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“He is so hip, he’s absolutely not hip at all.” Amanda Palmer.
“It’s a miracle that this odd juxtaposition of delicate songs and such over-the-top stage antics works at all, given that it demands the B.P. be both modest and a shameless show-off simultaneously. But that it’s such a delightful piece of whimsy is entirely down to his irresistible self-mocking charm. Wonderfully touching, quirkily individual and always unexpected. If you liked Flight of the Conchords then you’ll love this.” Chortle
“If Bob Dylan had spent his time growing up in Berwick he might have more in common with the Bedroom Philosopher…one of the few artists making a genuine attempt to explore the oddness of our age.” Helen Razor, The Age
“I’m impressed that this guy’s still around and relevant. I met him at a show a few years ago and we traded CDs, nice guy, sort of a genius.” Art Rush, on Facebook.
Funemployed LP (2015)
Funemployed EP/Book (2014)
The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries (2012)
A Very Beddy Christmas EP (2011)
Songs From The 86 Tram (2010)
Brown & Orange (2009)
Folkstar / I’m So Post Modern Maxi-Single (2006)
In Bed With My Doona (2005)
Living On The Edge…Of My Bed (2003)
Cat Show (2017)
High School Assembly (2012)
Songs From The 86 Tram (2009 – 2010)
The Renegades Of Folk are The Renegades Of Folk w/ Josh Earl (2006)
In Bed With My Doona (2004)
Living On The Edge…Of My Bed (2003 / 2006)