Eurovision, Mardi Gras, Kylie… if it’s gay, Joel Creasey is nearby with a microphone. We spill the tea with the pin-up boy of comedy.
Eurovision, Mardi Gras, Kylie… if it’s gay, Joel is nearby with a microphone.
DNA: You’ve hosted two of the biggest gay events of the gay calendar year – Sydney Mardi Gras and Eurovision. Do you have the best job in the world?
Joel Creasey: Yes, and I am stoked! Christmas comes three times a year for me. I’m a very lucky boy. There’s a bit of pressure, but I’m very happy to be doing this job. And you chated with Kylie Minogue during her appearance at the Mardi Gras Parade. Last year we had Cher, this year Kylie – it’s very special! I went to Kylie’s Golden Tour in Melbourne and she invited me backstage for a drink after the show, so I feel very in the Minogue clan now.
This will be your third year co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest with Myf Warhurst for SBS; are you looking forward to Tel Aviv? Yes, and Myf Warhurst is, without a doubt, the single greatest person I’ve ever worked with. She’s divine, she’s hilarious, she knows so much about music, she’s human Shazam! Just getting to travel with her is a treat. In our first year there were a few nerves – big shoes to fill – but last year I feel we really put our stamp on it. So, year three, we’re all systems go! Bring it on!
Do you think Kate Miller-Heidke has a chance to bring the trophy to Australia?
Absolutely! First of all, I think Australia needs to unite behind Kate because with Eurovision: Australia Decides [SBS’s televised national selection event] it was completely her song. She is, vocally, a perfectionist. She’s going to nail it every night on stage. What people might not realise about Eurovision is how many times they have to sing their song during that week. It’s a marathon. Sometimes, a few of the top favourites start to falter towards the end because their vocal cords aren’t up to it. But Kate will be great. Plus, I know the staging they’ve got in the works for Kate is going to be mind-blowing. Our Head Of Delegation was recently in Tel Aviv to negotiate what we want on stage because it has never been seen before at Eurovision. Kate is a really fun, really cool girl, too. I’ve been a fan for a long time.
My show is just an hour of funny… you’ll leave dumber but I promise you’ll have a good time!
What else will you get up to outside the commentary booth? Partying with the gays? Well, I hope so! Myf and I have such tight schedules because we do all the backstage interviews, too. The other commentators, generally, just commentate the show, whereas Myf and I do a lot of TV hosting over there as well. But I really hope I get to see Tel Aviv. It’s been top of my bucket list for a long time – such a gay city. My partner is coming and I’ve got friends coming… I hope I get out-and-about with the gays!
There’re a lot of sexy guys participating in Tel Aviv, who’s the hottest would you say?
Ooo… I’ve been listening to their songs but haven’t seen much of them yet. I find it hilarious that Sergey Lazarev [Russia’s contestant] is back! I know the guy from The Netherlands [Duncan Laurence] is the favourite… he doesn’t necessarily do it for me in the looks department, nor am I wild about his song. Maybe that’s a grower, not a shower.
We’ve stalked their Instagrams and it seems their muscles are as important as their vocal cords this year. They’re thirst traps!
I’ll definitely check beforehand because I like to know who I’m interviewing backstage. Last year, after I interviewed the guy from Sweden, Benjamin Ingrosso, I got all these tweets from people saying we had this mad sexual chemistry and we were really flirty. He was the one interview I couldn’t remember doing! It’s the quiet ones you’ve got to keep an eye out for.
Tell us about your new stand-up show Drink. Slay. Repeat.
It’s a really simple stand-up show and, I mean, that in the best way. A lot of shows these days, particularly with comics coming out of Melbourne, are political. They push a message or agenda, which is great, you can make people laugh and cry at the same time. Some comics have set and lighting changes, songs and costumes… I don’t do any of that. My show is just an hour of funny, uncensored send-ups from your sassy best mate. If anything, you’ll leave my show dumber but I promise you’ll have a good time!
How has your style of comedy evolved? When I first started out, I’d think, “Oh, I should add some politics because that’s what everyone else is doing.” Now I have the confidence enough to go, “Nup, you know what? I’m going to do the kind of stand-up that I enjoy watching.” Which is just laughs and stories. People are not only buying a ticket to the show, they’ve paid taxis, they’re going out to dinner, they’ve booked babysitters… some even fly in for the show. I want to give them an escape and a really good belly laugh.
Does anyone ever try and censor you?
Ah, my lawyers have, but I said, “Er, I’ll risk it!” What I do on TV is not watered down, I just choose to do different material. But in my live shows I let rip and sink my teeth into people. Rhys Nicholson said, in his interview with DNA (#218, March 2018) that you’re, secretly, the nicest person in show business. Would you agree?
I really wish he’d stop saying that! [Laughs] Nah, we have a really good friendship and he’s killing it at the moment. I’m so proud of him. It’s nice to have someone like Rhys because we go to a lot of similar events, we’re both the same age, both gay men working in the same industry. He’s one of my favourite comics and best mate.
Finally, when are we getting you into your own DNA photoshoot?
I’m a 28-year-old millennial gay man; I love a photoshoot! Let me know, and I’ll be there… I’ll go to the gym or something!
Joel with Myf “human Shazam” Warhurst hosting Eurovision: Australia Decides.