Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Danielle Jarvis

AK­MAL Saleh has been one of Aus­tralia’s pil­lars of com­edy for more than 20 years and he’s about to roll into Rooty Hill RSL.

He’s def­i­nitely not an ac­tor but Ak­mal Saleh’s per­sonal brand of com­edy thrives on the au­di­ence and pure spon­tane­ity.

“The au­di­ence dic­tates how the show goes,” Saleh said.

“Some­times I do (give a theme) and it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent (on the night).

“My style has al­ways been to feed off the energy of the au­di­ence.”

De­spite ap­pear­ances on tele­vi­sion, ra­dio shows, in movies and as a talk-show host, Saleh in­sists he can­not fol­low a script.

“Peo­ple are al­ways ask­ing me to be in their movies,” Saleh said. “I just can­not read a script.” But it is spon­tane­ity that makes Ak­mal so en­dear­ing to his fans.

Saleh said, like many co­me­di­ans, his jokes orig­i­nate from the triv­i­al­i­ties of ev­ery day life.

“It comes from all those places,” he said.

“You can’t be choosy. It’s usu­ally the stuff that frus­trates them.

“If you look at any joke, the core is the frus­tra­tion to un­der­stand the world around us.”

In the spirit of not giv­ing any­thing away, Saleh guar­an­teed three things for Satur­day’s show: he will turn up; he will be on time (keep­ing his rep­u­ta­tion for punc­tu­al­ity) and there will be a mys­tery sup­port act.

“It’s just me do­ing stand-up,” he said.

The Egyp­tian-born, Aus­tralian­raised co­me­dian will be stir­ring the pot with top­ics like re­li­gion and pol­i­tics from 8pm on Satur­day.


Ak­mal Saleh will bring his high-energy com­edy to Rooty Hill RSL.

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