Italian-Australian comedian and award-winning producer Joe Avati has put together a new show as part of this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival.
Straight Outta Compo stars Rob Shehadie and Tahir Bilgic – the guys from Here Come The Habibs and Fat Pizza – plus George Kapiniaris and Joe Avati himself.
“We believe a funny name captures the audience first, so we usually come up with a show name before we even start writing it,” Shehadie said.
The Australian-born actor of Lebanese descent has created a number of shows including the hit comedy From Lebanon With Love Part 1 & 2, Lord of the Kebabs and Habib on Parole – just to name a few.
He said some of the show’s inspiration has come from family life and events while growing up in western Sydney.
“Things that happen in our everyday lives can be funny if you look at it in a different perspective, and almost anything that’s multicultural works in Australian comedy,” he said.
“People from different ethnicities can relate. The good ol’ Anglos love wog comedy – and I love bogan comedy – everyone just loves to have a laugh.”
In the show the four funnymen perform solo stand-up routines, interspersed with skits, songs and videos about how to get rich quick without even lifting a finger.
“The four of us combined means there’s more than 90 years of comedy experience on one stage,” Shehadie said.
The 40-year-old said even though becoming a comedian was an accidental pathway he took in life, he still feels like he’s in his 20s – which helps in his industry.
“I’m responsible when I need to be but I’m really just a big kid,” he said. “I just don’t take life too seriously.”
The North Parramatta resident assured Straight Outta Compo is a family-friendly show and encourages people of all ages to watch it.
“I’m excited for it. I hope all our fans from all walks of life come and watch the show,” he said. “It’s going to be a good night, just tell everyone to keep the burnouts to a minimum.”
- 8pm, October 27, Castle Hill RSL, 77 Castle St, Castle Hill. Tickets: $49.50. Bookings: 8858 4800 or castlehillrsl.com.au.