Old Fella heading to the Clink for laughs
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.
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