A Nest of Occasionals , published in 2009, is collection of autobiographical essays by New Zealand-Australian comedian Tony Martin. It is a follow up to his first book Lolly Scramble
The people mentioned in the book are not referred to by their real names.
The book is dedicated to Martin's late co-presenter Richard Marsland.
Martin's experience with the school bully, and various adventures while weekend boating with his stepfather.
We Investigate Anything
Tony recalls his childhood detective agency similar to that of "The Three Investigators".
Pornography Before the Internet
Martin reveals his childhood and adolescent attempts to acquire pornography.
They Get Their Heaps
Martin explains the birth of his love of cinema and his first experiences creating films at school. Also includes his first meeting with Richard Wilde/Wilkins.
Tony describes his first job at the local army surplus store and its various unique characters. Hilarity Ensues!
An Actor Prepares, Apparently
Amateur theatre in New Zealand and feeble attempts to get action!
Thinking About Carpet
Tony recalls his work in FM radio advertising in a small New Zealand town.
The Story Bridge
Tony moves to Brisbane, rents some videos and allegedly sets fire to Wickity Wak and punches out Billy J Smith.
The Aspect Planners
Tony moves in with perhaps the most piss-weak spies in the world. Gives Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale" a run for its money though.
Access All Areas
Tony turns his body into the big brother house, just for the fun of it is my guess.
Lost Dogs Home
Tony helps a stranger find a lost dog and along the way learns that the most effective way to cheat on your wife, is to live with your sister.
A Dirty Bomb
Tony learns how to be racist whilst not actually being a racist.
Things to Do in Te Kuiti
Tony returns to his home town to investigate his grandparents. This chapter involves lies, decapitation and perfect spelling.