Cam Knight, The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

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The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase is back on the road with a huge 2016 tour!

The funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival are hitting the road and bringing all-star comedy showcases to Taree, Port Macquarie and Newcastle. With an epic comedy line up expertly curated from this year’s festival, audiences will be treated to a huge night that is sure to leave them sore from belly laughs!

MC for the night is the highly energetic, highly entertaining Cam Knight (The Comedy Channel, ABC, Channel 9), who will have the audience wrapped around his finger with his wickedly absurd flights of fancy and quick one liners.

The showcase will feature Jacques Barrett, comedy circuit veteran and heavy hitter, who will be delivering consistent blows of killer lines. With over a decade of experience rocking stages globally, David Williams’ unique brand of humour will also be entertaining the crowds, as will the quirky yet charming antics of award winning comic Penny Greenhalgh. Gearard McGeown, who starred in last year’s Breakout Comedy Showcase for Sydney Comedy Festival, will be showing the crowd why he was selected to feature as a hot emerging talent of the Sydney comedy scene.

With more special guests also in the line up, you will not want to miss these two hours of hard hitting laughter. Get in quick and grab your tickets to the funniest night you will see all year!

FOCUS caught up with the Emcee of the show, hugely talented and funny Cam Knight, in the lead up to this year’s showcase…

What was it about comedy that made you think, “This is where I want to be”?

It’s not an office job; my hourly rate is really good, and I can drink on the job whilst saying and doing whatever I like. Why would I ever want to be anywhere else!

How/when did you break into the comedy scene?

I dunno; I guess when I got a support cast role in the sketch show Big Bite on Channel 7 back in 2000 and something …That got me noticed to audition for a show on Fox 8 called Chain Reaction, which then led to me hosting a bunch of shows on The Comedy Channel for about five years.

Tell us about your very first stand up experience …

My first gig was in 2000. It was in an open mic room in a pub in Melb with about eight people in the audience. Half of them were other comedians … I wouldn’t say I changed history that night, but they gave me a few free beers, so, swings and roundabouts.

You’ve had an impressive career spanning over many years and facets of entertainment on and off the screen. What have been some of your biggest highlights? 

I just interviewed John Cleese a few days ago for a behind the scenes doco on Fawlty Towers Live, which was really special. My parents gave me The Life of Brian for my 12th birthday, so to say I’m a big fan is an understatement. Some people say you should never meet your idols, but that’s a load of bollocks and those “people” are idiots.

What is the formula and process to writing a good joke?

I’m still trying to work that out! Usually I make some stupid mistake in my life, then I think about it a bit until I think I’m comfortable retelling the story on stage. Then I start telling it until it makes me laugh and feel OK about myself again. So in a nutshell … tragedy+time does equal comedy.

What makes you laugh?

At the moment? My two year old son, my actor mate Andy Ryan, comedian Ray Badran, Bill Burr, Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman.

You’ve been given the ever so important job of Emceeing this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase; what are you looking forward to, and how do you feel about setting the vibe for the show?

These shows are the best! I love emceeing them. Huge, appreciative crowds. Killer line up of great comedians, plus free pizza backstage. Bingo bango bongo!

Who is joining you on the bill?

I’ll be joined by comedy circuit veteran Jacques Barrett, the charming David Williams, award winning Penny Greenhalgh and emerging legend Gearard McGeown – awesome line up, not to be missed!

Thanks Cam.

THE PLUG

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy two hours of laughs at the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase at the Manning Entertainment Centre. Thursday 15 September 2016; 7:30pm.

Visit www.mec.gtcc.nsw.gov.au for details.

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