Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

CO­ME­DIAN Tommy Lit­tle has just one gripe with his WA au­di­ences – stop rec­om­mend­ing tourist desti­na­tions hours out of Perth.

“The clos­est place they sug­gest is Freo but usu­ally they tell me to go to Mar­garet River,” Lit­tle said.

“So the first time I went I thought it must be re­ally close, but it’s a three-and-a-half hour drive.

“But the peo­ple of Perth are awe­some and Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val is the last in the run (fol­low­ing Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val and Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val), so it’s when all the shows are at their best be­cause we’ve had time to tweak and weed out all the s***.”

Lit­tle will bring Good Talk to Studio Un­der­ground from May 18 to 21 and said the show’s ti­tle said it all.

“Es­sen­tially it’s about the op­po­site of most of the com­edy fes­ti­val shows go­ing around at the mo­ment,” he said.

“Every­body is talk­ing about Trump and how ev­ery­thing is so hor­ri­ble and I do none of that.

“It’s just a funny show that you don’t have to think about too much and can for­get all the stuff that’s go­ing on in your life. Just sit back and have a good old-fash­ioned belly laugh with me, or at me, I don’t re­ally care.”

Lit­tle said he was in­spired to cre­ate Good Talk af­ter hear­ing ev­ery­one else’s opin­ions on the world, es­pe­cially co­me­di­ans.

“If po­lit­i­cal com­edy is done well it’s great, but if it’s done poorly than it’s just an un­e­d­u­cated man telling you their views on some­thing they’re not qual­i­fied to talk about,” he said.

“I was so sick of ev­ery co­me­dian think­ing they had to chime in on world is­sues that I went ‘I’ve just got to make sure I’m not that per­son at the mo­ment’.”

Lit­tle, who does af­ter­noon ra­dio with Perth’s Car­rie Bick­more, said stand-up would al­ways be the back­bone of his work, de­spite suc­cess on tele­vi­sion shows The Project and Whose Line Is It Any­way?

“Com­edy came out of ne­ces­sity be­cause I just sucked at ev­ery­thing else,” he said.

“I was study­ing drama, like a lot of lost kids who don’t know what to do, and I met a co­me­dian while do­ing that drama course; he en­cour­aged me to do stand-up, gave me my first gig and I just fell in love with it.

“That was nine, al­most 10 years ago. A decade of d*** jokes; what an achieve­ment.”

Tanya MacNaughton

Tommy Lit­tle

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