From wom­bats to Las Ve­gas

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Ozborn (pic­tured) stars at Cur­rumbin RSL’s Side Split­ting Com­edy night on Wed­nes­day. Ozborn’s first real taste for com­edy came when he won his high school pub­lic speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Rather than de­liv­er­ing a con­ven­tional speech on pol­i­tics or the en­vi­ron­ment he in­stead talked about the anx­i­ety of wom­bats, leav­ing students and teach­ers in stitches. Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Robin Wil­liams and Eddie Iz­zard, Ozborn started hon­ing his craft on the street at Sydney’s Cir­cu­lar Quay. Ozborn cre­ated his own bizarre style of street com­edy, which led to his win­ning the 1998 Street Per­former of the Year com­pe­ti­tion pre­sented by the Sydney Opera House live on 2Day FM. He then moved to Amer­ica and trav­elled ex­ten­sively. Ozborn’s unique ‘‘off the wall’’ com­edy has given him the chance to en­ter­tain au­di­ences from Las Ve­gas to South-East Asia, re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia to tour with Ak­mal Saleh and Arj Barker and a string of com­edy fes­ti­val shows in the past five years. Tick­ets $15-20. Doors open at 6.30pm for show at 7.30pm.

An­thony Salame takes cen­tre stage for Com­edy in The Base­ment at The Arts Cen­tre, Gold Coast, to­mor­row night. Salame launched his stand-up ca­reer in 2005 and built an army of fans with his cheeky di­a­logue, clever observations and en­er­getic per­for­mances be­fore join­ing the cast of the SBS TV hit Fat Pizza. Tick­ets are $20 to $22. Doors open 6.30pm for a show at 8pm.

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