Comedy man returns home
After sellout shows around the world, Joe Avati will bring his talent to town
DESPITE the huge success of Australian-Italian comedy export Joe Avati, it’s the simple pleasures in life that draw him back to Australia.
“I love Vegemite and butter on white bread and a good old-fashioned meat pie and sauce,” Avati said.
The second-generation Italian is returning to Australia, and more specifically Rooty Hill RSL, next month with a new show Joe Avati Live.
The show celebrates 20 years performing around the globe.
Avati has forged a career on clean humour that teases out the differences between cultures and generations, and is known for crafting comedy from personal experience.
“My grandparents were a big source of my material but now it’s more about the kids of today and how our parents are adapting to the new generation,” he said.
Avati said he was not sending up Italians but “imitating them”. “As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery,” he said.
Since starting his comedy career in 1995, the performer went on to sell out shows in Australia, the US, the UK and Canada.
“I think the smaller towns really appreciate an artist taking the time to visit. ”
As for the country that appreciates his humour the most, Avati put his money on the US.
“I would say the American audiences really lap it up because they haven’t seen anything like this before,” he said.
Joe Avati appears at Rooty Hill RSL on October 8.