Show’s no laughing matter
You know it’s serious when a comedian plays it straight, writes
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.