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It seems that comedy can no longer be served plain. For proof, look no further than
puppeteer-comics Sammy J and Randy (see below left) and the rising tide of singer/
stand-up slashies both at home and abroad. Simon Taylor takes the concept of
comedic multitasker to a new level, as a stand-up comic and magician extraordinaire.
After beginning his career on the Melbourne comedy scene, he catapulted to success,
writing for Jay Leno at The Tonight Show, as well as ABC’s Mad As Hell. Returning
to his roots as a stand-up comic, Simon brings his warm but sharp humour to Fringe
this January. Performing stand-up everywhere from New York and Cambodia to
Mandurah, Simon has tweaked his comedy for tourists, ex-pats and locals alike, and
loves “working out how to make such a mixed bag all laugh at the same time”. His
show Funny will include tales from his extensive travels – and the many accents he
encountered along the way – and the story of some rather “extreme lengths” he
has gone to in order to impress a woman. “We’ve all been there, right?” says Simon.
The show’s biggest crowd-pleaser? “I do an impression of my 84-year-old Italian
grandfather as if he has taken acid,” he says. “It’s ridiculous.” Yeah... you may not want
to miss this one. Circus Theatre, Jan 29-Feb 3.
1. JOHN SAFRAN – MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI
For an unusual comedy experience, listen to documentarian John Safran combine his
distinct brand of intelligent comedy with the true and twisted tale of meeting a white
supremacist and, one year later, his black murderer.
Victoria Hall, Feb 6-7 .
2. MICHAEL WORKMAN – WE HAVE FUN DON’T WE?
Storytelling and comedy make a fantastic combo, especially if the raconteur is as
brilliant and captivating as Michael Workman. Winning the Best Newcomer award
at the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, he’s practically a veteran.
The Stables, Feb 9-15.
3. STRUGGLE STREET
Melbourne-based Perth native James Masters will perform Struggle Street for the first
time in his hometown. His silly, conversational style will have you cackling as he conveys
his discontent with the world around him. Don’t worry, he’ll keep it light – think less
whiny ex-pat and more bloke at a barbecue.
Elephant and Wheelbarrow, Feb 10-15.
4. JACQUES BARRETT AND BRYAN O’GORMAN
After their triumph as finalists for the 2014 Fringe World Comedy Award, Aussie
Jacques and his Canadian counterpart Bryan are returning to Perth for an unbeatable
night of ‘tag-team’ jest.
Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge, Feb 15-22 .
5. AN EVENING WITH SAMMY J AND RANDY
ARIA-nominated and Barry Award-winning troublesome duo Sammy J and his sassy
potty-mouthed puppet, Randy, will perform a night of self-proclaimed life-changing
comedy in Perth following various Fringe appearances around the nation.
The Gold Digger, Feb 17-21.
EDDIE IZZARD –
Two-time Emmy winner
comic Eddie Izzard
swaggers into Perth with
his hit worldwide tour,
Force Majeure. Come
have a chuckle with the
slightly absurd, Monty
Python-esque comic. Perth
Convention and Exhibition
Centre, Feb 4-5 .
Named one of Comedy
Central’s Top 100 Greatest
Standups of all Time, Sandra
Bernhard has paved the
way for female comics since
starting out in LA at 19.
Forty years on, she’s ready
to shock and impress on her
return to Perth. The Regal
Theatre, Mar 10.
RUSSELL PETERS –
Don’t sit in the front row
unless you’re ready to
get picked on by one of
the world’s most famous
comedians, famous for his
razor-sharp wit and mad
improv skills. Perth Arena,
The festival that has hosted
Axis of Awesome, Tripod
and Bob Saget is back
with a boom in its fourth
year. Join the big names
from Australia and abroad
for two weeks of pure
hilarity. Various venues,
Apr 29-May 17.
HIGH HORSE TOUR
After 50 years of worldwide touring, it’s fair to say
that Billy Connolly knows what he’s doing. Practically
an institution in the UK and Australia, the lovable Scot
returns to Perth with his High Horse Tour.
Perth Arena, Mar 10-11 .
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/comedy
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