In from the fringe
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.
Cameron Mclaren reflects on his roots for 6056.