It was a rather dodgy de­but for Joel Creasey in one south­ern coun­try town, but he and on-screen part­ner Rhys Nicholson per­se­vered

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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.

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