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