Comic twist on relationships
Glaswegian comedian Larry Dean lays his own love life bare writes Raylene Bliss
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.