Comics make whistlestop visit

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Road­show, Satur­day, June 17, 6.30pm, and Sun­day, June 18, 5.30pm, Kar­ratha Leisure­plex. Visit kar­ratha.wa.gov.au/com­edy.

Some of the coun­try’s finest co­me­di­ans will be stop­ping in Kar­ratha and Hed­land as part of the 2017 Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Road­show.

The road­show will stop at Hed­land’s Matt Dann Theatre and Cinema on Fri­day, June 16, and at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex on June 16 and 17.

Now in it’s 18th year, the com­edy road­show de­liv­ers a night of belly laughs to more than 80 ci­ties and town across the coun­try.

This year’s line-up in­cludes Jess Perkins, Tommy Dean, Bob Franklin, Guy Mont­gomery and Danielle Walker.

Perkins is a Mel­bourne-based co­me­dian whose com­edy ca­reer was launched af­ter she made it into the na­tional fi­nals of the RAW Com­edy Com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

“I was a big com­edy nerd as a teenager ... I think it was al­ways sort of at the back of my head as some­thing I would love to do but I never ac­tu­ally be­lieved that I would do it,” she said.

“I signed up to RAW kind of on a whim ... be­cause I’d in­vited friends and fam­ily to come along, which meant I couldn’t back out.

“It’s kind of all blown up from there, which has been a re­ally ex­cit­ing jour­ney.”

Perkins has since ap­peared on ABC2’s Com­edy Up Late, on SBS2’s The Road­show, as a break­fast ra­dio host on JOY FM and in her pop­u­lar pod­cast Do Go On with fel­low co­me­di­ans Matt Ste­wart and Dave Warneke.

“The next log­i­cal step is a solo show, which peo­ple put a lot of pres­sure or pres­tige around,” she said.

“That’s kind of my plan for next year — hope­fully tour­ing more, see­ing more of Aus­tralia and gig­ging around places be­cause it’s kind of an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Perkins’ style of hu­mour has been de­scribed as jaunty, bright, silly and light-hearted.

“I think it’s hard to put any­body in a box or a cat­e­gory, es­pe­cially your­self, be­cause to me

I don’t think there’s any­thing weird or left­field about my hu­mour be­cause it’s just how my brain works.

“The great thing is, do­ing com­edy, it makes your skin a lot thicker for nor­mal life be­cause you sort of think if any­thing bad or em­bar­rass­ing hap­pens, well, at least you’ve got ma­te­rial out of it.”

Al­though this will be Perkins’ first ven­ture to WA, she toured re­gion­ally on a com­edy road­show be­fore.

“It was truly re­mark­able to get to go to those places and have an amaz­ing hol­i­day and meet all th­ese great peo­ple and get to per­form — it’s the ab­so­lute best,” she said.

Perkins said she was look­ing for­ward to the tour as she can catch up with old friends and see a new part of the coun­try.

Both Franklin and Dean have per­formed with Perkins and she con­sid­ers Walker to be one of her best friends.

“It’s ba­si­cally just go­ing to be like a hol­i­day with pals and you get to see parts of the coun­try that other­wise you just wouldn’t see,” she said.

Be­fore their Sun­day show in Kar­ratha, the co­me­di­ans will be ap­pear­ing at the Kar­ratha Li­brary from 5pm for a Funny Busi­ness pre-show talk.

The talk is free but places are lim­ited. Con­tact Kar­ratha Li­brary on 9186 8660 to se­cure your spot.

Co­me­dian Jess Perkins.

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