Shows: An evening with Paul Ho­gan..........................

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PAUL Ho­gan is back home in Aus­tralia to per­form his one-man show An Evening With Ho­ges – ‘‘a slide night but with mov­ing pic­tures’’.

‘‘I don’t just talk about char­ac­ters and peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions I’ve been in,’’ the for­mer kid from Light­ning Ridge, NSW, says.

‘‘I’ve got film to go with it. It should be a good, colour­ful, laugh-filled night. That’s the plan.’’

The show opens a three-night stand in Jupiters The­atre tonight and sees Ho­gan share sto­ries from his showbiz ca­reer – from The Paul Ho­gan Show and mem­o­rable char­ac­ters such as Ho­ges, Leo Wanker and Arthur Dunger to his fea­ture film de­but in Croc­o­dile Dundee.

‘‘It’s fab­u­lous to have that much ma­te­rial – clips of videos and movies that stand the test of time and you snatch 10 or 20 sec­onds from them, talk about where it came from,’’ Ho­gan says.

‘‘My life’s been in­ter­est­ing enough to make a book, but I thought it would be more in­ter­est­ing to tell it. Some things get lost in print. And I’m get­ting old.’’

It’s been 27 years since com­edy fea­ture film Croc­o­dile Dundee made Ho­gan a world­wide star. He has never been able to repli­cate those heady days and says he couldn’t be­cause it was unique.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing was a first. It was my first film script. I’d writ­ten 500 sketches but this was a long sketch.

‘‘John (Cor­nell) had never pro­duced a movie. Peter Faiman was the boy won­der of tele­vi­sion but he’d never di­rected a movie.’’

‘‘It went through the roof. It be­came the most suc­cess­ful in­de­pen­dent movie ever made around the world. It was like go­ing to the Olympics and rolling your jeans up and say­ing: ‘Can I have a run in the 100?’ and win­ning the gold medal.’’

Ho­gan re­flects on his be­gin­nings in his stage show. He’d been the rig­ger on the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge who went on New Faces and did a sketch.

‘‘I went on that strictly to take the mickey out of it, as a one-off thing. Other peo­ple in­sisted I do more. I was poor and fa­mous, which sucked, still work­ing on the Har­bor Bridge and do­ing spots on Wille­see once a week be­fore it started to get reg­u­lar,’’ he says.

Ho­gan, who re­cently an­nounced the end of his 23-year mar­riage to Croc­o­dile Dundee co-star Linda Ko­zlowski, with whom he has a son Chance, 15, says he’d love to re­turn per­ma­nently to Aus­tralia. ‘‘That’s been my plan for sev­eral years,’’ he says. Ho­gan wants to live in Syd­ney and buy a house in By­ron Bay, where his close friend and man­ager Cor­nell has spent so many years.

‘‘All my kids are here, I’ve got 10 grand­chil­dren and they’re al­ready not kids,’’ he says.

‘‘The chances (of re­turn­ing) are fairly good be­cause Chance has a good time when he’s here. He moves straight in with my daugh­ter, who’s got four sons around his age . . . he’s like part of the fam­ily.’’

An Evening With Ho­ges plays Jupiters The­atre from tonight un­til Satur­day at 7.30pm.

Paul Ho­gan brings his live show to Jupiters.

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