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on White, the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking Texan with a rough voice and a rougher sense of humour, has worked his way to the top of the comedy food chain, a long way away from where he started 26 years ago. “At one point I was doing a lot of work for one chain of comedy clubs, and they realised I didn’t have anywhere else to work, so they decided to cut my pay by a third and take away my airfare,” he recalls. “So basically I told them to go eat a steaming bowl of fuck.”
White promptly moved to Mexico with his then-girlfriend, and opened a pottery mosaic factory. “But then this thing called the Blue Collar Comedy Tour happened, which is what made me really popular, and they couldn’t tolerate me living in Mexico. So they said, ‘You have to move back to the US if you want to do this.’”
Posted: June 5th, 2012 under Arts, Arts - Interview, Arts Feature, Brag 465 (June 4), Live Comedy Reviews.
Tags: Arts, Arts Feature, Brag, Comedy, interview, Live Review, Metro Theatre, Moral Compass Tour, Ron White, Roslyn Helper
Mark Trevorrow, better known as camp comedian Bob Downe, didn’t want to do a solo show at first. “I did it because I had to!” he exclaims, somewhat indignantly. “You get spoilt, working with bands and working with other people. You know what I mean? Being backstage and on the road with musicians and other performers is actually a lot of fun. Being on the road completely by yourself can get a little bit lonely and boring.”
For many of us, doing theatresports for drama class was sort of a high-school rite of passage; but the Theatresports National Championships takes that classroom experience to a whole, manic new level – a boisterous night when the best improv comedians from around the country come together to battle it out in teams. “We have group of incredibly experienced players,” MC (and former contestant-slash-champion) Rebecca De Unamuno tells me. “They make it seem effortless when it’s actually really pretty tricky to do well. It’s great to watch them play – the level of characterisation and the level of storytelling is incredible.”
Based on the line stretching out of the Seymour, through the courtyard and around the corner onto Cleveland Street, Sydney absolutely loves Henry Rollins. Given that this show was his fourth in as many evenings at the venue, it was a testament to the former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman’s longevity and talent that he drew in such a substantially-sized crowd – all quite happy to wait in the cold, despite the fact that Rollins is a not-infrequent visitor to our shores, and his opinions are readily available via his radio and television shows.
Bright Club Jan 11, 18 & 25 / Famous Spiegeltent **** The learned learn new tricks at Bright Club, which takes Sydney University academic types, puts them through a crash stand-up course with comedian James O’Loghlin and throws them on stage to mine their academic field of excellence for laughs – all hosted by O’Loghlin [...]