Wil An­der­son’s live on the Gold Coast

Wil An­der­son joins an all-star bill of comics at Jupiters, writes Lisa Sim­mons

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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

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