Chris de Havilland
What do you do?
A. Usual reply; ‘What do you want done?’ It depends on what the client wants to achieve. Usually I’m hired to entertain and bring humour to an event and/or instil a message and motivate, educate or facilitate to ensure the message is indelibly planted in the psyches of the audience to gain high ‘front of mind’ recall.
Which is the best gig you have performed at?
A. I haven’t done it yet. If viewed from the audience perspective, then they are best equipped to answer that question. Suffice to say, thus far I’ve had the good fortune to entertain and speak with royalty, heads of state, corporate leaders and people who are the best in the world in what they do. Amongst those I enjoy most I’d definitely say the best gig for me is when it’s for those who are the best in the world at what they do.
What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you while performing?
A. The audience applauded? I was on tour in Canberra and during a break was offered to fly the following day aboard the US Presidential jet to the USA. Those offering had that authority and it was the first time I wished I didn’t have a gig the next day.
What is your favourite song?
A. It’s a photo finish between ‘One’ by U2 and ‘Crime Of The Century’ by Supertramp.
What were you doing last Saturday night?
A. Odd question?! I was enjoying the company of my much better half, my ‘salt of the earth’ father in law, and a valued client who manages a winery.
Who would you like to perform with and why?
A. Jesus Christ. I’ve got a lot of questions for him. If that can’t be arranged, then Cirque de Soleil. I love what they did with ‘Love’.
What is your most memorable moment?
A. The moment I met my wife. Performance wise, it was at one of my first tailor made speeches where I posed as an international futurologist. I was invited by the lord mayor of a capital city to join himself, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and himself at the upcoming official opening of that city’s new centre.
What makes you laugh?
A. My own folly.
What is your favourite film?
A. The Usual Suspects.
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
A. What you’d usually suspect. Second favourite; sailing.
Do you have a nickname and how did it come about?
A. ‘De Happening’. Some dancers called me that suggesting I was generally doing things at a pace.
How long have you been performing for?
A. Since I can remember.
What are you passionate about?
A. Enabling others to discover their possibilities.