Creasey feels the Force of fam­ily act­ing vo­ca­tion

The Sunday Times - - CONFIDENTIAL -

THE Force is most def­i­nitely with WA stand-up co­me­dian Joel Creasey who has Star Wars to thank for his in­ter­est in act­ing.

Creasey, right, ap­pears in the new TV drama, Sis­ters and has fol­lowed that up with a guest role on Neigh­bours.

His par­ents, who met on the set of Star Wars, are de­lighted with his ca­reer turn.

“My par­ents are ac­tors and do­ing this job (Sis­ters) is one of the first times I have had a real job to them. Ide­ally my mum wants me to be in a mu­si­cal be­cause that was her back­ground. That would be like I have fi­nally got a proper job,” he said.

“It was re­ally nice do­ing this job and not be­ing me be­cause the rest of the time I am be­ing me for a liv­ing and it was nice to have a tem­po­rary es­cape.

“And Os­car the char­ac­ter (in Sis­ters) is re­ally nice, he is much nicer than Joel Creasey.”

One of Aus­tralia’s top stand-ups, Creasey’s com­edy is drawn from his of­ten sly ob­ser­va­tions of the celebrity and celebrity cul­ture.

He ad­mits be­ing em­bed­ded in a cast has pro­vided rich pick­ings for his fu­ture com­edy rou­tines.

“The act­ing world is so dif­fer­ent to the stand-up world. It was such a gear change,” he said.

“I don’t usu­ally have cast­mates. I am nor­mally sit­ting backstage, hav­ing a beer on my own wait­ing to go on. It was nice to be part of a cast. “I had a lot of scenes with

Barry Otto and he is mag­nif­i­cent and bizarre and nutty and there will def­i­nitely be some ma­te­rial there for my next show about work­ing with Barry.”

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