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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS HOOK

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.

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