Show’s no laugh­ing mat­ter

You know it’s se­ri­ous when a co­me­dian plays it straight, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

DON’T ex­pect Vince Sor­renti to be funny on The Celebrity Ap­pren­tice be­cause he says the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was too stress­ful.

Sor­renti’s hu­mor­ous side was sadly in­vol­un­tar­ily shelved dur­ing the tasks and the board­room meet­ings on Chan­nel 9’s re­al­ity show be­cause he was be­ing chal­lenged on a more per­sonal ba­sis than most of the con­tes­tants.

As a self-em­ployed stand-up co­me­dian, Sor­renti says he had to get used to work­ing in a team en­vi­ron­ment and an­swer­ing to third par­ties, which he would nor­mally never do in his line of work.

‘‘It does draw the se­ri­ous side out of you and I’m sure the peo­ple watch­ing it, as with a lot of the fel­low con­tes­tants, were al­ways wait­ing for the joke or wait­ing for me to burst into a rou­tine but it’s too stress­ful to do,’’ Sor­renti says.

‘‘They are putting you in re­ally dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions where you have to fo­cus on what you are do­ing, with lit­tle time to do them in – and the last thing on your mind is how can I make them funny.

‘‘As a comic, I am the IT depart­ment, the sales depart­ment, mar­ket­ing and the ac­coun­tant – ev­ery­thing. In this show there’s hu­man dy­namic – and that doesn’t come into my realm at all.’’

An­other rea­son for Sor­renti keep­ing his jokes to him­self was the fear of be­ing ridiculed and be­ing one of the first fired by boss Mark Bouris, the founder and chair­man of Wizard Home Loans.

Co­me­dian Fiona O’lough­lin and Masterchef favourite Mar­ion Grasby have al­ready been given their march­ing or­ders while US star David Has­sel­hoff made his exit af­ter drop­ping a bomb­shell last night.

‘‘If you try to make too much light of it you be­come the ob­ject of ridicule,’’ Sor­renti says. ‘‘The job has to be done first.

‘‘The show looks dif­fi­cult to peo­ple, let me tell you it is 10-times harder be­ing in it. ‘‘It’s men­tally and phys­i­cally drain­ing.’’ Sor­renti says The Celebrity Ap­pren­tice has taught him a lot about him­self and that some­times you learn more from win­ning than los­ing.

‘‘Some­times you learn how to lose but learn­ing is a far more valu­able as­set.’’ Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days, 8pm, Nine, NBN.

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