In from the fringe

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CAMERON Mclaren al­ways be­lieved he would be­come a co­me­dian and as­sumed his big break would just hap­pen when some­one of­fered him his own tele­vi­sion show.

When he got to age 24 and was still wait­ing, Mclaren took mat­ters into his own hands.

“I thought I’d give it a go and started do­ing open mic nights in Perth,” the 27-year-old said.

“I didn’t re­alise how big Perth com­edy ac­tu­ally is; there’s com­edy on every night.

“Now it’s my full-time job, apart from work­ing eight hours a week at Ikea, but that’s more of a hobby just to con­nect with real peo­ple.”

Mclaren is part of the line-up for the 2017 Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val, which in­cludes Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional acts Wil An­der­son, Doug An­thony All­stars, Urzila Carl­son, Matt Okine, Effie, Stephen K Amos, Craig Hill and Ja­son Byrne.

The in­clu­sion fol­lows Mclaren’s suc­cess at Fringe

World Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year, win­ning the WA Com­edy Award with show 6056, named af­ter the post­code of Mid­land where he grew up and still lives.

He will present 6056 at the Re­gal Cho­rus Room on April 29 and 30 and said he had added new, fun­nier jokes for any­one who had seen it at Fringe, while re­tain­ing the same show ev­ery­one liked.

“6056 was kind of like a Franken­stein thing and ac­ci­den­tally hap­pened,” Mclaren said.

“I was putting to­gether an hour of ma­te­rial be­cause I’d only been do­ing shorter club sets and shows. Then I re­alised all my best jokes from over the years had this through-line about me and my whole per­spec­tive is based on the fact that I’m from Mid­land.

“But that’s why I like the show be­cause I did it in Bus­sel­ton and re­moved the whole Mid­land as­pect from it and the show still works. It’s not about Mid­land, it’s about me.”

The sec­ond ac­ci­dent hap­pened when he was tagged with the la­bel of be­ing a “clean co­me­dian”.

“It wasn’t un­til some­one re­viewed me and I re­alised that I try not to swear on stage and I don’t re­ally talk about sex,” he said. “It might sound dumb, but I just feel that if you need the swear­ing to make the joke funny, then the joke’s not funny; it’s the swear­ing that’s funny.”

Mclaren said be­ing part of this year’s Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val made him feel le­git as a co­me­dian and he looked for­ward to see­ing as many other acts as pos­si­ble.

“That’s the best thing about get­ting an artist pass, right?” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d467308

Cameron Mclaren re­flects on his roots for 6056.

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