AK­MAL STANDS UP FOR COM­EDY

South Western Times - - Front Page - Ash­wini Saseedaran

SLEEP­ING in and lazi­ness are traits usu­ally re­lated to the less-than suc­cess­ful, but for Ak­mal Saleh his love for pil­lows and blan­kets is what made the bed for now be­ing known as one of Aus­tralia’s fun­ni­est comic per­form­ers.

From a young age, Ak­mal tried time and time again to keep a va­ri­ety of jobs but hav­ing to wake up at cer­tain times was too much ef­fort so he would sooner or later reach for the cov­ers and choose his bed over money.

His nat­u­ral sense of hu­mour soon led to late-start com­edy gigs so with more sleep time and with a quick rise in pop­u­lar­ity, Ak­mal be­came ad­dicted to a co­me­dian’s life­style.

“Once I got those first few big laughs, I could not stop do­ing it,” he said.

Now an es­tab­lished stand-up co­me­dian na­tion­wide, Ak­mal has also ex­plored other av­enues as a talk show host, ra­dio DJ, guest star on tele­vi­sion shows, pub­lished au­thor and ac­tor.

Pre­fer­ring solo stand-up com­edy shows over tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances, Ak­mal said al­though the on-screen op­por­tu­ni­ties added num­bers to his fan-base, be­ing on stage alone was far bet­ter than hav­ing to work with some­one else’s ma­te­rial.

“It is the thing I do best and where I have the most con­trol,” he said.

“When you are on stage alone,

I do not re­ally re­hearse – I im­pro­vise so it is all fresh. – Ak­mal

you are the writer, di­rec­tor and per­former and you are to­tally re­spon­si­ble for it.”

De­scrib­ing him­self as an er­ratic odd­ball, Ak­mal said his ma­te­rial was a con­stant work-in-progress de­rived from some­where, some place, some time.

“Some peo­ple work re­ally hard and they come up with a new hour but for me it hap­pens very or­gan­i­cally and grad­u­ally,” he said.

“I do not re­ally re­hearse – I im­pro­vise so it is all fresh.”

In­ter­pret­ing com­edy as a ther­apy ses­sion where trau­matic things were turned into jokes at the right time, Ak­mal laughed about hav­ing a plat­form to share his ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The au­di­ence comes in, I dump my prob­lems on them and they pay me money, it is a scam,” Ak­mal said.

Hav­ing per­formed in Bun­bury on many oc­ca­sions, Ak­mal was ex­cited for the not-eas­ily-of­fended South West au­di­ences to laugh along with him on mat­ters and sub­jects he found hi­lar­i­ous.

Ak­mal’s tongue-in-cheek hu­mour and abil­ity to snag laughs out of ev­ery topic imag­in­able will have com­edy fa­nat­ics laugh­ing hys­ter­i­cally.

Ak­mal Saleh brings his con­tro­ver­sial and witty hu­mour to Bun­bury Re­gional Entertainment Cen­tre on Novem­ber 3.

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