Ivan siz­zles with jokes on sausages

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy - Greig John­ston

EV­ERY­ONE has a view on the Bun­nings sausage siz­zle, but none have de­con­structed it like Mel­bourne co­me­dian Ivan Aris­tegui­eta.

Aris­tegui­eta moved to Aus­tralia five years ago to es­cape tur­moil in his na­tive Venezuela and he will visit Perth this week to per­form in the Mel­bourne Com­edy Fes­ti­val Road­show.

He said he was im­me­di­ately struck by the quirk­i­ness of the sausage siz­zle and a Face­book video of Aris­tegui­eta lam­bast­ing the pe­cu­liar rit­ual has been viewed more than 1.4 mil­lion times.

“I was very lucky – it was my lucky shot,” he said.

The for­mer hos­pi­tal­ity worker said food in­formed much of his comedic style.

“Most of my ob­ser­va­tions are around food be­cause I think ev­ery­body re­lates to food,” he said.

“We have that emo­tional con­nec­tion with food.

“I think if you want to un­der­stand how peo­ple do things in a dif­fer­ent place, just ob­serve how peo­ple re­late to food.”

Aris­tegui­eta grew up with Latin Amer­i­can co­me­di­ans, but cites Chris Rock as his big­gest English-speak­ing in­flu­ence.

He spends much of the year on the road and said events such as the Road­show were es­pe­cially good fun.

“It’s the best part of the year for me,” he said.

“When you do your solo show for so long it’s just your­self be­hind the cur­tain – you do your hour and that’s it.

“When you’re tour­ing with other comics, it’s the best.

“You share back­stage with more co­me­di­ans, you travel around, get to know the coun­try.”

Other co­me­di­ans in the Perth show are Bob Franklin, Adam Hess, Gil­lian Cos­griff and Guy Mont­gomery.

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