Comedian thinking on his feat
“It is the biggest comedy website in the world, so for me personally, for a boy who grew up in Floreat and went to John XXIII College, who made a little film with no budget and then gets contacted by something that amazing, it’s just unbelievable,” the 29-year-old said.
“We originally thought the email was from a spam account but once clicking on it, realised it was sent from the FunnyorDie channel.”
Each episode of the web series features comedians improvising a scene, where at some stage they read a piece of paper revealing previously unknown information.
Saraceni and Zwolenski have turned the concept into a live show, with Written It Down running for a season at Fringe World, featuring Jimmy James Eaton, Liam Ryan and Michelle Nussey in all shows, joined by a rotating cast of Perth and Melbourne comedians.
“We will have that specific moment where the performers will read live suggestions written down by the audience on their way in,” Saraceni, show host, said. “There will also be games like Spontaneous TED Talk, where performers get up and start a TED presentation, but don’t know what the slides are going to be until they have to incorporate them into their talk.”
Saraceni is no stranger to Fringe World, being one-quarter of the Lords of Luxury, who sold out their Spiegeltent season last year and are back with LordsofLuxury:AfterDinnerMint.
“I would call selling out the Spiegeltent another life moment,” he said.
“You wonder if Fringe World can sustain it, but so far the word is everything is still selling out and everyone is having a great time, even on the wet days.
“Adelaide Fringe used to be the place to go and try new stuff before Melbourne Comedy Festival, but what we’re finding is Fringe World is better populated, the crowds are having fun, shows are selling out and the vibe here is incredible.”
Funny things happened to Matt Saraceni after growing up in Floreat.