Creasey breezes in

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy - Laura Pond

AN “in­tense” run-in with ac­tor Christoph Waltz are among the sto­ries au­di­ences will hear in Perth co­me­dian Joel Creasey’s new show TheHur­ri­cane.

Creasey was in Perth last week­end to premiere the show, which he wrote last year while per­form­ing stand-up around the world.

His high­lights of 2014 in­cluded tour­ing with the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val Road­show through Asia and per­form­ing at the invitation-only Just for Laughs Com­edy Fes­ti­val and Chevy Chase Gala in Mon­treal.

He also staged a solo show in New York and sup­ported Joan Rivers two weeks be­fore she died.

Creasey said Rivers gave him the best ad­vice he ever re­ceived.

“She said to me ‘just be funny’; at the end of the day, peo­ple are here to laugh so just be funny,” he said.

“It’s so true be­cause at the mo­ment, comics are get­ting so caught up in get­ting try­ing to push a mes­sage and be po­lit­i­cal and that’s won­der­ful, but if that’s at the risk of not be­ing par­tic­u­larly funny then I don’t get the point be­cause peo­ple buy a ticket be­cause they want to laugh and es­cape their lives for an hour.”

A proud Perth boy, Creasey said he was ex­cited to de­but the show in his home­town.

“But it also means that my par­ents will pos­si­bly be in the au­di­ence one night so that’s al­ways in­tense,” he said. “They come quite of­ten, I’m cool with them com­ing, but they both en­joy a drink and they’ll have a few drinks, bring friends and be very vo­cal and then after the show, mum will give me feed­back, which is in­cred­i­bly an­noy­ing.”

After sold out shows at Fringe World Fes­ti­val, Creasey will re­turn to Perth in April for more of The Hur­ri­cane and said peo­ple could ex­pect some scan­dalous sto­ries, in­clud­ing his in­tense morn­ing with Christoph Waltz.

“He’s a terrifying, angry per­son and he and I are def­i­nitely in a celebrity feud, but he doesn’t know it,” he said.

Perth co­me­dian Joel Creasey.

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