Stephen K Amos shares The Story So Far

Stephen K Amos.
Stephen K Amos.

BRITISH comedian Stephen K Amos has been a regular on Australia’s comedy circuit for years thanks to one simple reason – we get his sense of humour.

“What that is in a nutshell, I’m not sure, but things that have made me laugh seem to make the Australian audiences laugh,” Amos, who lives in South West London, said.

“I’ve been coming back regularly for about the past 12 years and the audiences have been wonderful and supportive.”

Amos is reflecting on this fact during his latest stand-up show The Story So Far that is at Regal Theatre for Perth Comedy Festival, May 9 to 11.

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“I’ll be pulling some old jokes from those years to see if they’re still relevant today,” he said.

“Also a wealth of new material because my whole focus is that the show is going to be proper belly laughs.

“It’s not about deep meaning or too much thinking, but if, in amongst that show I can throw in little nuggets that might resonate with people then yeah, that’s what I’d like to go out on.”

This final part alludes to Amos taking a break from touring for the next couple of years to work on other projects he has “bubbling away in the UK and US”.

One has already been filmed called Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome where Amos and six others retrace a Roman Catholic pilgrimage from the bottom of the Swiss Alps to Vatican City.

“On the last day of filming they sprung the news on us that we had a 30-minute private audience with the Pope,” Amos said.

“Not being a religious person myself, and having been very critical on certain aspects of the Catholic church, I questioned whether I should do it. So I said I’d meet him if I could ask questions, thinking they would say no and they said yes.”

Amos, who studied law with ambition of a career in criminal justice, said he got into comedy by mistake after growing up in London during the late ’70s when programs like The Black and White Minstrel Show were still on television.

“It wasn’t a time for a young black kid to think that they could do funny,” he said.

“The programs on while I was growing up didn’t speak to me. I didn’t even know anything about the live stand-up comedy scene.”

Now he makes a living from finding the funny while at the same time fundraising for a personal cause following the death of his twin sister in palliative care last year.

“I’m on a mission to raise awareness for the work of the palliative care industry and hospices,” he said.

“Every city we go to, I find a local hospice or relevant charity and we raise money for that one charity during our run. Like many other people I was very unaware of the work hospices do and the palliative care industry as a whole, which is so important.

“We did a show in London in early December where I rang around some of my comedy chums and even got Graham Norton to come out of retirement to do stand-up. I’m still collecting wherever I go.”

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THE ESSENTIALS

What: Stephen K Amos – The Story So Far

Where: Regal Theatre

When: May 9 to 11

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au