Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - RESIDENTIAL - Sara Fitz­patrick

PAUL Fenech is not afraid to of­fend.

Watch his cult com­edy TV show, Pizza – a low­brow slice of drugs, sex and may­hem – or slap­stick se­ries Housos – with its mob of pub­lic-hous­ing dole bludges – and you’ll recog­nise that im­me­di­ately.

But the glo­ri­fied bo­gan of Sydney’s in­ner-west says he isn’t try­ing to be con­tro­ver­sial - he’s just telling it like it is.

“Don’t shoot the mes­sen­ger: this is what I see and what I hear – I didn’t make it up,” Fenech said.

“It’s the hu­mour of the Aussie bat­tler, which is kind of a cliche, but there are a lot of peo­ple do­ing it tough.

“Aus­tralians’ sense of hu­mour has al­ways been pretty broad and a lit­tle rude but it’s get­ting a lit­tle edgier and I think that’s be­cause peo­ple are do­ing it tougher now than ever – the tougher the times, the cra­zier the peo­ple and then the cra­zier the hu­mour.

“I don’t see many things on TV that are real. Even when they try do things that are real, like Struggle Street (2015 TV doco) which was try­ing to be like Housos but for real, the at­ti­tude is re­ally judg­men­tal – ev­ery­thing I do is true but there’s love there.”

Son of a Mal­tese-born father and part-Abo­rig­i­nal mother, Fenech takes pride in his mul­ti­cul­tural roots.

More­over, he takes pride in be­ing a “reg­u­lar stooge” who goes to the movies, hangs at the mall and or­ders takeaway food.

“I’d worked in TV for 10 years be­fore I got the chance to make my own stuff and I was at SBS at that time and I’d just won Tropfest three times with lit­tle short films about pizza de­liv­ery,” Fenech said.

“South Park was do­ing very well for SBS and they ba­si­cally wanted an Aus­tralian South Park. I showed them these short films and we made a pi­lot and they waited two years be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.”

With a loyal fan base stretch­ing back to the ’90s, Fenech sees his au­di­ence as “bud­dies”.

“They re­mind me of all my best mates and I travel around so I’ve got this mad, in­cred­i­ble na­tional friend­ship that keeps back­ing me up,” he said. Fenech brings new show,

Fat Pizza & Housos, to Perth in De­cem­ber.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to Fat Pizza & Housos Com­edy Show at As­tor Theatre on De­cem­ber 1. En­ter at­mu­ni­ by 10am, Novem­ber 3.

Paul Fenech is back on the road.

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