Gavin’s ‘sem­pel’ style proves a com­edy hit

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Drop­ping out of law stud­ies to pur­sue stand-up com­edy.

It wasn’t ex­actly wel­come news to his father, but Drouin res­i­dent Gavin Sem­pel is tak­ing on this un­likely ca­reer change with great strides.

His lat­est achieve­ment was beat­ing out more than 1000 com­peti­tors to make the na­tional fi­nal of the “Raw Com­edy” open mic com­pe­ti­tion.

Gavin be­lieved “I’ve got this in the bag” af­ter step­ping off the stage in the state fi­nals. How­ever, a friend per­formed and gained a big­ger au­di­ence re­ac­tion.

The judges couldn’t de­cide be­tween the two, and both were ad­vanced to the na­tional fi­nal to be staged at the Mel­bourne Town Hall on Sun­day as part of the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

“I was speech­less, I couldn’t even take the mic,” said the 20-year-old.

Gavin is one of 11 fi­nal­ists and stands a good chance of tak­ing out the ma­jor prize – jet­ting off to the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val.

Gavin was given his first taste of stand-up com­edy af­ter win­ning a va­ri­ety show whilst study­ing year 11 at Drouin Sec­ondary Col­lege. The prize was a com­edy course.

He de­cided to fur­ther pur­sue his pas­sion about two years ago. Last year he dropped out of law at Deakin Univer­sity af­ter strug­gling to bal­ance the two.

Gavin’s self-dep­re­cat­ing sto­ry­telling style is quickly prov­ing a hit to au­di­ences and win­ning over his proud father David. He has per­formed at com­edy fes­ti­vals in Mel­bourne and Ade­laide as well as gigs across Vic­to­ria and New South Wales, in­clud­ing a re­cent show in Bun­yip.

Gavin even had his own solo show, “Plain and Sem­pel”, at the Base­ment Café in Mel­bourne last week as part of the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

Help­ing him along the jour­ney has been friend and men­tor Dil­ruk Jayas­inha who af­ter seven years pur­su­ing com­edy has now reached TV.

Gavin said Dil­ruk didn’t even make it past the heats of the “Raw Com­edy” com­pe­ti­tion, which high­lights how hard it was to be a na­tional fi­nal­ist just two years in.

The “Raw Com­edy” na­tional fi­nal will ap­pear on TV in late Septem­ber to early Oc­to­ber, a huge thrill for Gavin.

His next goal is to per­form at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val’s “Ox­fam Gala”. “It’s the big time. That’s my goal.” His mes­sage to West Gipp­s­lan­ders was to sup­port un­known co­me­di­ans.

“There’s so many co­me­di­ans you don’t see on the TV who are bril­liant. Some of them even sell-out their shows. But come and watch mine as well.”

Gavin Sem­pel will take cen­tre stage at the Mel­bourne Town Hall on Sun­day as a na­tional fi­nal­ist in the “Raw Com­edy” open mic com­pe­ti­tion as part of the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

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