Com­edy for all ages

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Abo­rig­i­nal Com­edy All Stars Thurs­day, Septem­ber 8, 7pm, Ngurin Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre. Sat­ur­day, Septem­ber 10, 7pm, Parabur­doo Ash­bur­ton Hall. The highly rated Abo­rig­i­nal Com­edy All­stars show will come to the Pil­bara for three nights this week.

The Abo­rig­i­nal Com­edy All­stars was launched at the 2015 Ade­laide Fringe and has since re­ceived rave reviews and a sig­nif­i­cant fan base.

Through­out 2016, the show has toured through­out the East­ern States, South Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Co­me­dian Dane Simp­son said he was sur­prised at the re­sponse the show has re­ceived.

“It’s some­thing we’re re­ally proud of but it’s, to be hon­est, it’s a lit­tle bit shock­ing be­cause I didn’t re­alise that ev­ery­one would come along and love the show as much as they did,” he said.

“It’s a real good show but I just didn’t know that it would be an ab­so­lute hit so that’s cool.”

Join­ing Simp­son on tour is pre­mier indige­nous com­edy star Kevin Kropiny­eri and up-and-comer Matt Ford.

“Kevin Kropiny­eri is one of the best co­me­di­ans in Aus­tralia at the mo­ment,” Simp­son said.

“He’s phys­i­cally hi­lar­i­ous; he’s clever about his jokes.”

Kropiny­eri has ap­peared at the Mel­bourne Com­edy Fes­ti­val, on Chan­nel 7’s Week­end Sun­rise and ABC2’s Com­edy Up Late and has con­stantly toured the coun­try.

“Matt Ford — he’s such a young guy who’s got such a cool dy­namic with the way that he writes his jokes and I think it brings a new el­e­ment,” Simp­son said.

Ford has worked with renowned Aus­tralian co­me­di­ans in­clud­ing Tom Glee­son and Tom Bal­lad and won the Mel­bourne Com­edy Fes­ti­val’s Class Clown com­pe­ti­tion which sup­ports high school stu­dents de­velop skills writ­ing and per­form­ing com­edy.

With a 10-year age dif­fer­ence be­tween each of the three co­me­di­ans, Simp­son said the show can be en­joyed by au­di­ences of all ages.

“Each of us are a decade apart in years so Matt’s 23 I think and I think we all sort of have some­thing for ev­ery­one in the com­edy world,” he said.

“It’s got a re­ally cool Abo­rig­i­nal flavour to it which makes it unique.”

Simp­son, who pre­vi­ously had not ven­tured out­side New South Wales and Queens­land, said he was en­joy­ing get­ting out and see­ing the coun­try while on tour.

“This tour is open­ing my eyes to the rest of the coun­try as well which I’m re­ally lucky to get be­cause… not a lot of peo­ple get to see the coun­try let alone cruise around do­ing a com­edy tour,” he said.

Simp­son’s comedic ca­reer snow­balled af­ter tour­ing re­gional NSW with Kropiny­eri as a sound tech­ni­cian.

Kropiny­eri pushed Simp­son out on stage be­fore a gig to tell the au­di­ence a funny story about his fam­ily.

“We were talk­ing about a few sto­ries about my dad and silly things that he does and my fam­ily and he said get out there and tell that story be­cause it’s re­ally funny,” he said.

“Even though I was re­ally ner­vous, the story still got a good laugh… ever since then I’ve just been work­ing on my act.”

Simp­son went on to be­come the NSW win­ner for the Mel­bourne Com­edy Fes­ti­val’s Deadly Funny com­pe­ti­tion for emerg­ing indige­nous co­me­di­ans.

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Pic­ture: James Pend­lidis

Matt Ford, Kevin Kropiny­eri and Dane Simp­son will be bring­ing their show to the Pil­bara next week.

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