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Okine’s smooth rise to the top of Aus­tralia’s com­edy cir­cuit is some­thing most co­me­di­ans can only dream about. The Queens­land funny-man had per­formed only three stand-up gigs when he made it to the fi­nals of Triple J’s Raw Com­edy com­pe­ti­tion, aged 18, in 2004. That same year Okine (pic­tured), was a Com­edy God fi­nal­ist. In 2005, he was crowned the Bris­bane New Comic of the Year. The ris­ing star per­formed on Rove Live in 2007 af­ter win­ning the Golden Nut Com­pe­ti­tion for Best Undis­cov­ered Stand-Up in Aus­tralia. Af­ter mov­ing to Syd­ney, Okine shared stages with Carl Bar­ron and Wil An­der­son and was flown to Mi­ami as part of NBC’s show Last Comic Stand­ing. Okine brings his hi­lar­i­ous show to Queens­land for a 10-date tour. ‘‘Th­ese shows are ab­so­lutely world-class and al­ways so fully sick that you should prob­a­bly get vac­ci­nated against them,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s go­ing to be a quiet, in­ti­mate gig. And by in­ti­mate, I mean nude . . . and by nude, I mean small. So please come along.’’

Matt Okine plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast to­mor­row night.

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