OLIVER’S A MUST SEE
COMEDIAN Josh Earl’s eldest son Oliver is a savvy five-yearold.
When Josh asked permission to turn the bedtime story he had made up for him into his next children’s comedy show, Oliver granted it on the proviso the show was named after him.
Oliver Up a Tree is part of this year’s Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things and marks Earl’s return after his debut in the festival’s program last year with My Family is Weirder Than Your Family.
He will also run songwriting workshop La La La to Ha Ha Ha – How to Write Funny Songs on October 4 and 7, plus free Storytime with Josh Earl at the State Library of WA on October 5 at 10.30am.
Known for his work on the comedy circuit and as former host of the revived Spicks and Specks, the Melbourne-based comedian started performing for children in 2007 when the Melbourne Comedy Festival asked him to do a Kids Comedy Club spot.
Oliver Up a Tree is a comedy show for ages five years and older about a small town where everyone keeps to themselves until one day a young boy called Oliver, who wants to learn more about everyone, decides to climb a tree.
“Everyone in the town comes along to try and get him out of the tree,” Earl said.
“The way they do that is by showing off their special skill or sharing something about themselves with everyone else in the town.
“It’s a really nice show in terms of community and how everyone has their own story. I think that’s something really important these days when people can be scared of difference.
“And now my wife (who is from Perth) says Henry, my youngest, needs a show too.”
Comedian Josh Earl contemplates life under a tree.