THE PRESIDENT of the United States has ruined comedy, just ask comedian Al Del Bene.
He‚Äôs coming to Tamworth with the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase this weekend.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs weird¬†ever since [Donald] Trump got in office, I used to address things in a willfully ignorant way, ironically play the dummy and say things that shouldn‚Äôt be said ‚Äď¬†but it was obvious I knew what the right thing was,‚ÄĚ Al said.
‚ÄúSince Trump is really doing that now, it takes the humour out of it because now it‚Äôs this serious thing where we have this leader who‚Äôs kind of ignorant and says stupid things.
‚ÄúSo it‚Äôs not really funny when I do it now.‚ÄĚ
Thanks to Trump, Al has turned his comedic sights on his personal life.¬†
He reckons his wife is cool with it.
‚ÄúShe‚Äôs always been a champion with that stuff, when we got married she said anything goes,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúShe‚Äôs totally cool with it, she doesn‚Äôt come to my shows that often anymore.‚ÄĚ
Al performs alongside Cam Knight, Jacques Barrett, Julia Wilson, John Cruckshank and Oliver Twist.
Born in Boston, Al didn‚Äôt have to change his show too much to appeal to Australia‚Äôs low brow sense of humour.
…my feet were taking me up to the stage and my brain was screaming ‚ÄėWhat are you doing?!’
Al Del Bene
He remembers being scared out of his mind at his first show.
‚ÄúI specifically remember when they called my name my feet were taking me up to the stage and my brain was screaming¬†‚ÄėWhat are you doing?!‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs pretty much what I remember from that night,‚ÄĚ he said.
More autobiographical in his humour now, Al doesn‚Äôt address too much social or racial inequality.
‚ÄúI find if I stick to myself less people can get mad at me,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúBut there are a few things culturally, in the States racism is in your face, it‚Äôs out and about and everywhere so when you talk about it¬†audiences are sort of fine with that¬†‚Äď¬†as long as you‚Äôre making a point and not just going for shock value.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the only thing I find I can‚Äôt really joke about, I can joke about it in Australia but American racism isn‚Äôt in your culture so you don‚Äôt really get it¬†‚Äď¬†it doesn‚Äôt go over.
‚ÄúSo I‚Äôve stopped doing it.‚ÄĚ
The¬†Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase¬†will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the sixth year in a row to bring the cr√®me de la cr√®me of the Festival right to Tamworth‚Äôs doorstep.
The showcase is at the Capitol Theatre on September 15 at 8pm.