HE doesn’t natter about the weather to strangers at bus stops.
Nor does he spout celebrity scandal to passengers on trains.
Canning Vale comic Matt Storer is not captivated by chitchat; he named his new show Small Talk for a reason.
“I see stand-up comedy as the ultimate form of small talk,” the 23-year-old charmer explained.
“You’re put in that awkward situation where you’ve got to have an awkward conversation with the audience for an hour.”
After a stellar 2014, winning WA RAW Comedy and the Funny Faces competition, the singing and piano-playing funny man worked hard at his craft.
In 2015, he performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival – to great applause – and six months ago made comedy a full-time job.
This month he brings Small Talk to the Perth Comedy Festival, marking his second appearance at the much-loved homegrown event.
“In high school I was no good at sport and my way of staying up there in the hierarchy of the class was to be a clown,” Storer said.
“I guess that’s where I earned my chops.
“I don’t know whether my charm came from that or if I was born with it.”
Storer said that like an art form, inspiration came easiest when you weren’t looking for it.
“I try and think of things that will help me be in a creative mood – that’s really all you can do,” he said.
“I like to go for a walk or take a shower, which is good for hygiene as well as creativity, apparently.”
The Festival, from April 26 to May 21, includes international favourites David O’Doherty (Ireland), Stephen K Amos (UK), Phill Jupitus (UK) and Paul Foot (UK).
What: Small Talk
Where: Regal Chorus Room, Regal Theatre
When: April 29-30