Larry Dean

We aall need to ac­cept each other, oth and if you ac­cept Larry Lar Dean, he’ll ac­cept even your wrong opin­ions


“Mel­bourne au­di­ences gen­uinely want to en­joy the show”

SCOT­TISH CO­ME­DIAN LARRY Dean has been do­ing a lot of think­ing about ac­cep­tance. His new show, Fan­dan, is en­tirely de­voted to the topic. And he says he’s will­ing to ac­cept au­di­ence re­ac­tions, even if they don’t know their funny bones from their el­bows. “It’s about ac­cep­tance of others, dif­fer­ences of opin­ions and my own faults,” he says. “I def­i­nitely think this is the best show I’ve done. But if peo­ple don’t agree, I ac­cept that, no mat­ter how wrong they are.”

But ac­cep­tance is a two-way street. “This year’s show is about ac­cep­tance, so I do jokes, and peo­ple have to ac­cept that, OK?”

Don’t ex­pect New Age self-af­fir­ma­tion mantras, though – Dean is fond of colour­ful lan­guage, and he de­scribes his sense of hu­mour as “silly and self-dep­re­cat­ing”. And of course, there’s one of his favourite kinds of jokes: “any ex­cuse to make a joke at a mate’s ex­pense.”

Dean was voted Scot­land’s best co­me­dian in 2013 – a big deal for the home of both Billy Con­nolly and the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val – when he was just 23. He says au­di­ences in dif­fer­ent parts of the world can bring a com­pletely dif­fer­ent vibe to what is os­ten­si­bly the same show. “Au­di­ences can be jaded from watch­ing too much com­edy and can greet quips and ban­ter with a kind of, ‘oh, I knew you were go­ing to do one of those kind of jokes …’ rather than laugh­ing,” he says. “Mel­bourne au­di­ence are just a lot of fun, and gen­uinely want to en­joy the show – which is a lot of pres­sure as a per­former.” Larry Dean: Fan­dan, ACMI Cube, Fed­er­a­tion Square, Flin­ders St, Mel­bourne 3000.­e­dyfes­ti­ $27-$33.50. Mar 29-Apr 22.

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