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