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American comedian Tom Rhodes has had a
prolific career between hosting television shows,
performing stand-up and travelling the world
over. We spoke with Tom about his plans
for spending time in Perth when he plays at
the Wild West Comedy Festival.
What can you tell us about the show
you’ re bringing to Perth?
Head-cr unching hilarity wrapped in tender
morsels of ever-loving faith in humanity.
You’ re a big AC/DC fan – will you be paying
homage to the band while here?
For me, coming to Perth is my hajj; the way that
every Muslim must once in their life make a
pilgrimage to Mecca, I must come to Perth
in order to visit Bon Scott’s grave. AC/DC got
me through the eighth grade. AC/DC got me
through life. AC/DC has helped me get revved
up for countless performances – specifically the
Bon Scott period. Pow erage is the single greatest
AC/DC album of all time. I still listen to it
full length every short while for its spiritually
uplifting powers and I plan to have it playing
in my ears often as I walk across the sacred
soil of Perth and its outlying areas. For this
reason I am grateful to come to Perth and rip
the balls off the joint like Bon would, with a
microphone in my hand. I would also like to find
a Ben Cousins jersey.
What material resonates best with
Pooping on the British.
What’s your advice to aspiring comedians?
The best thing I could tell them is something
my Mom said years ag o when she was taking
tennis lessons. I asked her how it was g oing and
she said: “It’s OK, I think the trick is to never
get frazzled and to smack the shit out of the big
ones.” It’s g ood advice for comedy and for life.
Smack the shit out of the big ones.
Wild West Comedy Festival, Northbridge and Mt
Lawley, May 18-29, wildwestcomedy.com.au.
Popular Australian actors, the husband and wife
team of Ian Stenlake (Sea Patrol, Guys n Dolls) and
Rachael Beck (It Takes Two, Hey Dad), star in this
Broadway hit, about the lifelong correspondence
of two people via letters. April 1, Octagon Theatre,
Penned by renowned British playwright Peter
Quilter, Duets explores the lives of four couples.
Combining romance and good humour, it’s a charming
look into contemporary relationships.Until March 26,
Harbour Theatre, www.bocsticketing.com.au.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Drift into the enchanting realm of Shakespeare’s classic comedy,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – where love, mischief and magic
unfold in a fantastical forest. Presented by the Black Swan State
Theatre Company, the production stars leading local actors including
James Beck and Elizabeth Blackmore. May 9-22, Heath Ledger Theatre,
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