Sammy J throwing Major Party at Regal Theatre

Sammy J in Major Party.
Sammy J in Major Party.

COMEDIAN Sammy J (Sam McMillan) worked at an electoral polling place counting votes during high school “as a way to make sweet money” before he was even old enough to vote.

“I’m really just a classic nerd,” McMillan said.

“I wasn’t into sport at school, I’m still not and I think in my teenage years I just started following politics as a bit of a substitute because I quite enjoyed watching the personalities at play.

“It’s always been in my interest but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve combined that with what I do in the comedy world; I’m combining my two loves.”

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McMillan’s weekly spot on the ABC has seen him build a following with episodes like Playground Politics, National Yoga and Government Coach.

The idea for Playground Politics happened three years ago during the election when the ABC asked him to make daily updates.

“I was watching a lot of Play School with my daughter at the time,” the Melburnian said.

“If their lawyers were talking to me, I would tell them it was a hugely original idea and has no similarities whatsoever.

“But to you I will confess it was a blatant rip off to the point where ABC had to start putting stickers on the ABC iview episodes that said ‘made for grownups’ because too many kids were accidentally watching it.”

Having zero yoga experience did not stop McMillan when he created the concept for National Yoga, which tackles topical political issues (Brexit, Liberal Spill, Trump, Banking Royal Commission) and puts them in to a yoga flow.

“About a year earlier, I wrote a Harvey Weinstein yoga sketch which the ABC decided was not appropriate,” he said,

“So I just kept the idea in my back pocket and it came back out when the Liberals knifed Malcolm Turnbull last year.

“It’s another world to play in because you can make certain jokes with body positions that you couldn’t make in Playground Politics or even in stand-up.

“I’ve had a number of yoga instructors contact me and say that they love the sketches but I really need to work on my alignment.”

All of this and more makes up McMillan’s latest live show Major Party at Regal Theatre, July 13.

“For me, being onstage feels like home because there are no lawyers or producers checking my scripts or editors changing things, it’s just me and the audience,” he said.

“I really structured the show in a way that for people who always come and see me, there will be lots of new things for them. And for people who have never seen me live, hopefully this is the perfect introduction.”

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THE ESSENTIALS

What: Major Party

Where: Regal Theatre

When: July 13

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au