COMING OUT TO VICTORIA
It was a rather dodgy debut for Joel Creasey in one southern country town, but he and on-screen partner Rhys Nicholson persevered
The first time comedian Joel Creasey went to Colac, in rural Victoria, a local told him, “I hate faggots.” On his second visit, he was chased out of town by an angry mob. But Creasey won’t give up on the country town.
With fellow gay comic Rhys Nicholson and a camera crew in tow, he went back for a third and final crack at winning the hearts and minds of Colac locals.
To kiss and make up, so to speak. “We open-mouth kissed – it was very passionate,” Creasey jokes.
“I guess because I’d had such a hideous experience there in the past, I assumed Colac was full of hicks, but that’s not true.
“It wasn’t nice to think there was a town in Australia that hated me.
“I can say that’s not the case any more.”
Creasey, 24, and Nicholson spent a week trying their hand at timber milling, beer swilling and attempting to sell a few tickets to their stand-up gig at the RSL.
“I am in country towns all the time. I love them. I love a vanilla slice, and I love sleeping,” Creasey says.
“I had never really had issues before until I went to Colac. I’ve toured regionally all over. I’ve played mining sites in Western Australia, all the way up through Far North Queensland. If you want to be a comedian in this country, that’s what you have to do.”
Creasey recently won rave reviews in New York, and performed in Montreal along with Wil Anderson, Adam Hills and Dave Hughes.
“A couple of months ago Patrick Stewart came to my New York show. I had no idea he was coming … He waited around to say hi, that was kind of mind-blowing.
“I was so starstruck that I was probably a total a...hole to him. I just didn’t say anything and kind of walked away.
“The show got such great reviews there … that I went, ‘Yeah, I can really do this!’ ’’
Rhys Nicholson and Joel Creasey in
Opening Shot: Gaycrashers,
to be shown on ABC 2.