Old Fella head­ing to the Clink for laughs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

WHEN Rod Gre­gory re­tired from farm­ing, he thought he would go nuts from bore­dom.

So he did what any other re­tiree would do - be­came a stand-up co­me­dian and trav­elled the coun­try.

The Old Fella and his have-a-go at­ti­tude has trans­formed into the fun­ni­est re­tired farmer in Aus­tralia and he’s bring­ing his lar­rikin at­ti­tude to Port Dou­glas.

Af­ter only 12 months as a per­form­ing co­me­dian, Rod au­di­tioned for Chan­nel Seven’s Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent and was ex­pect­ing noth­ing more than his two min­utes on tele­vi­sion.

Rod kept the au­di­ences in fits of laugh­ter with his good old Aussie sense of hu­mour and fin­ished fourth in the 2011 se­ries.

Since then his ca­reer has flour­ished, per­form­ing up to four times a week as he trav­els the coun­try.

But hands off ladies, he is a happily mar­ried man.

The 69-year-old has been mar­ried to Toni for 48 years and they live in Mait­land, South Aus­tralia.

‘‘It’s get­ting a bit cold at home so my wife and I are look­ing for­ward to head­ing north to the warmth for some shows,’’ the Old Fella said.

‘‘The far north is a beau­ti­ful part of the world, but I have never been to Port Dou­glas be­fore, so I am look­ing for­ward to the show.

‘‘Peo­ple can ex­pect to see an hour of good old-fash­ioned stand-up, knock ’ em down, Aussie hu­mour.’’

Clink Theatre ad­min­is­tra­tor Claire Tier­ney rec­om­mends any­one keen for a laugh to head down to The Clink to see the Old Fella in the flesh when he per­forms for one night only on June 5.

‘‘This is one funny guy who shows us all that there is life af­ter re­tire­ment,’’ she said.

‘‘We are priv­i­leged to be con­sid­ered in the national tour cir­cuit for com­edy and mu­sic which is trav­el­ling around the coun­try.’’

Tick­ets are only $35 per per­son and can be pur­chased on­line at www.try­book­ing.com or by vis­it­ing Good­ies Cafe in Moss­man, Ori­gin Espresso in Port Dou­glas or by call­ing 0417 750 231.

Pic­ture: CHAN­NEL 7

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