Comic twist on re­la­tion­ships

Glaswe­gian co­me­dian Larry Dean lays his own love life bare writes Ray­lene Bliss

Penrith Press - - LIFESTYLE -


GLASWE­GIAN co­me­dian Larry Dean’s re­la­tion­ship strug­gles are strewn across his stand-up rou­tine but that ex­tra twin­kle in his eye is thanks to an Aus­tralian guy.

His show, Far­cis­sist, at the Syd­ney Com­edy Fes­ti­val, lays bare the break­down of a three-year re­la­tion­ship.

But be­fore you start to feel too bad for Dean, he is back in Aus­tralia, for the first time in 12 months, and is off the sin­gles’ mar­ket.

“I found a new Aus­tralian lad – a Mel­bourne guy,” Dean says.

“I met him while I was here for my Out Now show last year. I didn’t meet him af­ter one of my gigs – I met him on Tin­der. The longdis­tance, monog­a­mous thing, is not easy for a gay man of 27. Not be­ing able to see each other all the time was hard, but it was def­i­nitely worth it.”

Dean’s new part­ner is 25year-old Syd­ney ac­tor Luke Few­ster.

“If you see him, you will ›› Larry Dean’s solo show, Far­cis­sist, is at the Fac­tory Theatre from May 3-7.

›› He will also be in the Syd­ney Com­edy Fes­ti­val Show­case, at Pan­thers Pen­rith, on May 27. Tickets are $35-$39. know I’m punch­ing above my weight. But I have promised him I won’t point him out in the au­di­ence,” Dean says.

Dean’s re­la­tion­ship with his fam­ily is also an­other con­stant and in Far­cis­sist, his for­mi­da­ble Ir­ish grand­mother shines.

“She was the one per­son who I did not feel like I had to be funny around,” he says of his “lit­tle wee” Ir­ish granny who lived down the block from him in Glas­gow.

Dean was the self­con­fessed class clown at school but he did have a sober­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that made him ques­tion just how funny he was grow­ing up.

“I thought I was the class clown but af­ter a few years of do­ing com­edy, some of my school­mates came to my show and, ac­cord­ing to one of my other mates who was in the au­di­ence, he said my school­friends said: ‘I can’t be­lieve he is do­ing this now be­cause he was never funny at school’,” Dean says.

Larry Dean says his com­edy is “silly rather than of­fen­sive” and (be­low) with Luke Few­ster at the Com­edy Fes­ti­val Open­ing Gala.

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