John Pinder left us on 27 May 2015 and is mourned by so many in Victoria, in Australia, and around the world.
John was described as the number one alternative theatre entrepreneur. He made things happen.
He opened venues in Melbourne in the 1970s where creative performers could pour our their exuberant happy, joyous, funny, crazy, eclectic,clever imaginative genius: TF Much Ballroom (FItzroy 1971), The Flying Trapeze Cafe (Fitzroy 1974), and The Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant and Zoo (Collingwood 1976).
Without him, we would not have the wondrous and internationally important Circus Oz, nor the hugely successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He forged the pathway for Australian performers to the stages of The Edinburgh Festival, which lead to the international circuit that Australian comedy performers enjoy today.
In 2014, John generously gave two interviews to the "Comedy - no laughing matter" project. Thank you John, and Vale.