Comedian Amos Gill just wants to laugh off the chaos.
In his brand-new hour of stand-up, 'The Sheeple's Champion', Amos will comment on the year that was and try and find the funny in it all – because if you don't laugh about it, you cry about it.
After a debut season in Perth which already got him an award, he's bringing the show to Adelaide Fringe.
Here, he answers a few questions about what he's bringing to audiences for the festival.
You have debuted this show at Fringe World in Perth. How did it go? It was so well received COVID-19 broke out of hotel quarantine to come and check it out. It also won an award for Best Comedy at the festival.
There are many elements of stand-up comedy. What part of your comedy do you think audiences embrace the most, and why do you think that is? Taking an angle on topics that they don’t see represented in mainstream media. Playing a devil’s advocate for the sake of entertainment. You know, making jokes.
And what part of comedy and all of its facets do you, as a comedian, enjoy the most? Getting people to laugh at things they entirely disagree with/staying in mediocre-appalling regional motels.
For anyone not familiar with Amos Gill, describe your comedy as best you can with a song lyric. “With a taste of your lips, I'm on a ride You're toxic, I'm slippin' under With a taste of a poison paradise I'm addicted to you Don't you know that you're toxic? And I love what you do Don't you know that you're toxic?”
You've played (and are also now residing) in the US. What's the biggest difference between your standard US crowd, and your standard Aussie crowd? I think Americans respect stand-up comedy. To Aussies, we might as well be operating the Ferris Wheel at the show. We’re just carnies they check out once a month.
What will you be presenting to Fringe audiences in 'The Sheeple's Champion'? It’s an hour of talking sh.t about the insanity of the position we all find ourselves in. It’s just some wild jokes about a chaotic time. I’m not here to pull your heartstrings or lecture you. We’re f...ed but we might as well laugh about it.
For you, where does the creation of a new set begin? When I’ve invested thousands into a new tour and my manager calls me up and says, “do you have anything?”
And how are you hoping audiences respond to the set? They lose all their fear and insecurity and amalgamate into one complete and satisfied entity. A sea of flesh that holds me on their shoulders as some kind of cult leader. Which I will politely decline. I dunno guys, just laugh and then piss off. And if they didn’t agree with parts or hate me, get COVID.
Amos Gill plays The Cornucopia at Gluttony – Rymill Park (Adelaide Fringe) Fridays and Saturdays from 19 February-20 March, and Sunday 7 March.