TOP COMEDIANS HEAD TO COAST FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS
With a sense of humour Matt Okine says reflects his lifestyle, the big-smiling comedian is getting laughs by making fun of himself
Life’s been treating Sydney comic Matt Okine well. He and Ronny Chieng blew away the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2012, sharing the best newcomer award and then heading overseas on tour.
Last year he was nominated for a best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe, the biggest comedy festival in the world.
Then he replaced Tom Ballard on the Triple J breakfast radio show.
Okine is deeply suspicious: “I’m terrified of being happy – it’s that whole what goes up must come down thing. If you’re happy and feeling great it is only so long before something comes along to screw that up.”
The funnyman arrives on the Gold Coast this weekend for the fourth instalment of Laugh Your Pants Off, a onenight stand-up comedy show at Jupiters Hotel & Casino.
Hosted by popular local Lindsay Webb, Okine will warm up the stage for comedy masters Tom Gleeson, Denise Scott, Rusty and Another Guy, and Sammy J and Randy.
Canada’s Marty Putz, Aussie jokers Paul Brasch, Fiona McGary and Bev Killick are also part of the line-up.
Okine says his segment will feature parts of his latest standup show Happiness Not Included.
“The show is comprised of several different stories leading up to the biggest day of my life, which became both the best and worst day of my life,” he says.
“If I had just one story to tell I would tell it, but this is not based around a story. It’s just my life as it’s been for the past couple of years.
“I’m not political. I don’t do sex jokes. I’m life-embracing – the small quirky stuff. But then that’s what I do in real life with my friends. It’s what I do on the radio, if I feel something, I’ll express it, whether it’s a vacuum cleaner or a toaster.’’
Speaking of which, how is life on radio treating him?
“The early starts are probably the worst part of life at the moment, but it only really sucks for about five minutes then it’s totally fine,” he says. “So I cry in the shower for a bit, then once I have my clothes on and I’m outside I think, ‘You know what? At least I walk out of work at midday’.” Matt Okine plays Laugh Your Pants Off, Jupiters Hotel & Casino, tomorrow night.
Brisbane comedian and Triple J presenter Matt Okine is on the
Laugh Your Pants Off line-up.