From For­rest­field bo­gan to Fringe Fes­ti­val fun­ny­man

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

BORN and bred For­rest­field co­me­dian Brett Blake is head­ing back to Fringe World with his new standup show Bo­gan Ge­nius that ex­plores his strug­gles in school.

Blake said ADHD and dys­lexia meant he spent most of his time at school ei­ther sus­pended or throw­ing erasers into ceil­ing fans and most of his teach­ers wrote him off as a no-hoper.

After rep­re­sent­ing him­self in court and win­ning seven times, Blake fig­ured he wasn’t as much of a lost cause as his teach­ers thought, so he cre­ated a show about his strug­gles.

“It’s a really unique, funny and ed­u­ca­tional show that par­ents and teach­ers need to watch,” he said.

“I was writ­ten off as an id­iot un­til they made me do an IQ test and I was two points off be­ing a ge­nius.

“My school was quite rough and my show looks at what it is like grow­ing up in the ’90s in that en­vi­ron­ment with two learn­ing dis­or­ders. I was la­belled as a trou­ble­maker and spent a whole term with my desk out­side be­cause I was so dis­rup­tive.”

Now based in Mel­bourne, Blake tours across the coun­try and over­seas.

Bo­gan Ge­nius is show­ing this Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day at The Shoe Bar at Ya­gan Square.

Our top picks for Fringe World 2019 are on pages 14-15.

Brett Blake is back in Perth to talk about his strug­gles at school in Bo­gan Ge­nius for the Fringe World Fes­ti­val.

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