Per­fect tonic for tough times

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Kar­ratha com­edy lovers flocked to the Leisure­plex last Thurs­day and Fri­day night for the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Roadshow.

The crowd brought their pic­nic blan­kets and bean­bags to the Leisure­plex out­door bas­ket­ball courts, which were trans­formed into a bou­tique com­edy venue.

Perth mu­si­cian Mor­gan Bain opened the night with his al­ter­na­tive soul tunes.

Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional co­me­di­ans Xavier Miche­lides, Tommy Lit­tle, Nath Valvo, Dil­ruk Jayas­inha and Sharul Channa then took to the stage and had the au­di­ence in stitches.

MC Miche­lides warmed up the crowd with his amus­ing anec­dotes and ac­cents, be­fore Jayas­inha kept the gig­gles go­ing.

Valvo ap­pealed to younger au­di­ences, telling re­lat­able sto­ries about his fam­ily.

Channa in­ter­acted with the crowd and joked about her mar­riage, In­dian her­itage and her time in Kar­ratha — she even gave men­tion to a story she had read in the Pil­bara News.

Tommy Lit­tle ap­peared to be the crowd favourite, keep­ing ev­ery­one laugh­ing through the en­tirety of his set.

Lit­tle said he had a great time per­form­ing to the Kar­ratha au­di­ence. “No one pre­tends you got to Kar­ratha eas­ily, so the crowds are very ap­pre­cia­tive when you come,” he said.

“We flew, ob­vi­ously to Perth, then to Carnar­von and then drove up — it’s a hike.

“Ev­ery­body’s aware of that though — it’s like ev­ery­one goes ‘thank you for turn­ing up’, so it’s a re­ally nice thing to do.”

Lit­tle said he was also ap­pre­cia­tive of peo­ple tak­ing time out to come to the show.

“Peo­ple work and have (stuff) on dur­ing the week and we ex­pect them to drop all their stuff and come to a com­edy show,” he said.

“We’ve been go­ing through some towns that are go­ing through tougher times and a com­edy show’s per­fect — they can for­get all the (stuff) that’s go­ing on in their life for two hours and hope­fully just have a laugh.”

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Co­me­dian Tommy Lit­tle had the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Roadshow crowd at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex in stitches through­out his rou­tine.

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