CREASEY FULFILS HIS DREAM OF A LIFETIME
Comedian Joel Creasey has a bad habit of answering people’s questions with Taylor Swift song lyrics, passing them off as his own wise words.
It’s left the 25-year-old rising star of stand-up (above) in some awkward situations lately.
While backstage at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, acclaimed actor Sir Patrick Stewart asked for the youngster’s advice.
“He’s not a stand-up comedian so he asked me for some tips, and I just about lost it,” Creasey laughs. “I probably said something stupid that I thought sounded profound at the time. I really don’t remember — I was in a daze.”
When he was a kid, Creasey would sit down with his family each year to watch highlights from the festival, which attracts the biggest names in comedy.
And this year, he’s hosting the Network Ten TV special.
“I was so surprised when they asked me,” Creasey says.
“But to be honest, more than the prestige of the festival, I was so excited to be going to Montreal, to the home town of Celine Dion.”
The festival is invitation only — so only the best in the industry will do.
“I interviewed all the big names too, like Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris and Sir Patrick Stewart, and went behind the scenes. It was very cool,” Creasey says.
But interviewing some of his idols and performing for a crowd of 3000 people at the magnificent Place des Arts Theatre was an overwhelming experience, he says.
“There’s so much to process in your brain — and mine’s limited, at best.
“I had to think about breathing. Normally that’s something you can do without thinking about it, but not this time. That was the level of pressure. It was like a strange, out of body experience.
MONTREAL COMEDY FESTIVAL SPECIAL, CHANNEL 10, WEDNESDAY, 8.40PM