Com­edy man re­turns home

Af­ter sell­out shows around the world, Joe Avati will bring his tal­ent to town

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

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.

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