CREASEY FUL­FILS HIS DREAM OF A LIFE­TIME

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

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

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