Wil Anderson’s live on the Gold Coast
Wil Anderson joins an all-star bill of comics at Jupiters, writes Lisa Simmons
WIL Anderson hopes audiences have as much fun at the second Laugh Your Pants Off comedy event at Jupiters Hotel & Casino tomorrow as he intends to.
‘‘I wouldn’t have said yes to it if I didn’t think it was going to be a lot of fun,’’ he says.
Anderson, who joins a bill that includes Peter Helliar, Dave Thornton and Hannah Gadsby and locals Damian Power, Stephen Head, Lindsay Webb and Ellen Briggs, looks forward to the chance to catch up with some of his oldest friends at the gig, which follows the end of both his 2013 tour and his commitments to ABC TV’s Gruen franchise.
‘‘Touring can be a solitary experience,’’ says Anderson, who wrapped his 2013 tour about three weeks ago. The last instalment of Gruen Planet for the year aired last week.
‘‘The mechanics of touring dictates that if I’m in, say Perth, Peter Helliar is somewhere else – Brisbane perhaps,’’ he says, laughing.
Anderson spends nine months of each year in Los Angeles, so Laugh Your Pants Off will enable him to see old mates such as Helliar perform highlights from their recent tours and catch up with them for drinks and laughs post show.
‘‘I suppose the thing some people know and others don’t is there were a whole bunch of us that started out in comedy at the same time in this tiny, little new comics’ room – five bucks through the door and sometimes we’d perform for audiences; other times there was no one there at all,’’ he says.
‘‘It was people like myself, Hughesey (Dave Hughes), Rove (McManus), Meshel Laurie and Merrick and Rosso. We all started about the same time. Peter Helliar was one of those.’’
The pair’s last encounter was for Date Night, a weekly comedy drama series penned, produced and directed by Helliar, who also starred in the first episode.
Helliar cast Anderson for a cameo in an episode which starred Stephen Curry ( The Cup) as a comic performing standup as the support act to Anderson, the main event.
‘‘I say to him (Currry), ‘You did a great job. You almost made me wish my dentist molested me’ – which in context of the joke the character told on stage and in the storyline seemed OK,’’ Anderson laughs. ‘‘It was a different matter the day after it went to air. ‘‘I had breakfast radio interviews scheduled through the morning . . . and they’d play the line. Talking about it out of context made it sound a lot worse than it really was.’’
Coast fans will get a double dose of Anderson this week. In addition to the Jupiters’ show, he hosts the new TV comedy special Wil Does Montreal – Just For Laughs 2013 on Sunday (8.30pm, Seven, Prime7).
Anderson and Rove McManus are stopped by police in a convertible in the show, while comedy sensation Sam Simmons cuddles Anderson in the bed in which John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous seven day love-in to give peace a chance.
Anderson’s other guests in the TV special include Cal Wilson, Arj Barker, Danny Bhoy, Ryan Hamilton, Alonzo Bodden, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Carr, Kitty Flanagan, Dane Cook, Joan Rivers, Josh Thomas, Sarah Silverman, Ronnie Chieng, and Rich Hall.
The annual Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the largest international comedy festival in the world.
Laugh Your Pants Off, with Wil Anderson, Peter Helliar, Dave Thornton, Hannah Gadsby, Damian Power, Stephen Head, Lindsay Webb and Ellen Briggs, plays Jupiters Hotel & Casino tomorrow.
Wil Does Montreal – Just For Laughs 2013 screens Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven and Prime7.
Wil Anderson headlines Laugh Your Pants Off