Shows: Paul Ho­gan, Croc Dundee and me......................

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS - – SUZANNE SIMONOT

LIFE’S a punch­line for lar­rikin en­ter­tainer Paul Ho­gan, 73, one of Aus­tralia’s best-known comics. The star of Croc­o­dile Dundee made his name with his own TV show and in­tro­duced such char­ac­ters as Luigi The Un­be­liev­able, Leo Wanker and Arthur Dunger.

‘‘I’m a stand-up comic and first and fore­most, a com­edy writer who’s lucky enough to do his own ma­te­rial,’’ Ho­gan says.

‘‘I wrote 600 sketches and half a dozen movies. That’s the good part about writ­ing your own ma­te­rial – you can’t muck it up be­cause no one can say you for­got your line.’’

Ho­gan will rem­i­nisce about his life as a co­me­dian, ac­tor and Aussie tourism ambassador when he brings his stage show, An

Evening With Ho­ges, to Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino in Novem­ber. ‘‘I got it all worked out long ago. Peo­ple have been nag­ging me for years to write a book, then theatre peo­ple came up with the sug­ges­tion of do­ing this kind of thing live,’’ he says. A sort of Un­cle Arthur’s slide night? ‘‘With mov­ing slides. I’ve got lots of stuff. It’s a mat­ter of get­ting it down to stage and not bor­ing peo­ple,’’ he says.

Ho­gan isn’t wor­ried about be­ing able to learn his lines – there won’t be any script.

‘‘I don’t do that. I never did. I got to be fa­mous for not re­hears­ing, right from the very be­gin­ning. I like to en­ter­tain my­self as well,’’ he chuck­les.

Ho­gan toured the US, the UK and Aus­tralia per­form­ing standup long be­fore his suc­cess with the film Croc­o­dile Dundee.

‘‘I’ve got a lot more to dis­cuss and work with now – some re­ally unique ma­te­rial and sto­ries.

‘‘I can tell sto­ries I couldn’t tell be­fore – a cou­ple of them are about dead peo­ple. There’s one or two in par­tic­u­lar I couldn’t tell while they were alive.’’

Ho­gan even­tu­ally pulled the pin on The Paul Ho­gan Show be­cause he’d ‘‘been there, done that’’.

‘‘I only stopped do­ing it be­cause I fig­ured I’d done ev­ery­thing on the planet. So I thought I’d do a long sketch that turned out to be a movie,’’ he says. He’d happily re­turn to TV – per­haps as a so­cial com­men­ta­tor. ‘‘A talk show/so­cial com­men­ta­tor – a unique, opin­ion­ated news­reader,’’ he says. With a rogue’s gallery of char­ac­ters to draw from, Ho­gan cites

Croc­o­dile Dundee’s Mick Dundee as his favourite. ‘‘If you ask me which was the most most pop­u­lar around the world, it would be Leo Wanker,’’ he says.

‘‘He had noth­ing to say – he just strut­ted around and made a goat of him­self. He wasn’t po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect – Wanka is a Pol­ish name, as I’ve had to point out many times,’’ he laughs.

Ho­gan prom­ises the shows will be ‘‘heavy with ma­te­rial that hasn’t been seen be­fore’’.

Paul Ho­gan

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