Taking laughs to the people

Taking laughs to the people

COMEDIAN Ben Darsow (pictured) is saving people a car trip by taking his Fringe World Festival show to the suburbs.

“I think a lot of comics get quite precious about wanting to perform to inner city, arty, comedy-savvy crowds,” he said.

“I like taking comedy out to the average person who has a life of their own that might intersect with the stand-up comedy world two nights a year and just give them a great time.”

The South Australian performer will present his new stand-up show at Leapfrogs Cafe in Wanneroo this Friday.

“It’s the only show that has bothered to go out to them,” he said.

“The venue is awesome and the atmosphere will be great fun.”

Darsow has spent a lot of time in Perth over the past five years and debuted at Fringe World Festival last year, selling 1000 tickets in three weeks.

His new show has been nominated for the festival’s 2016 comedy award.

“That was awesome; it was a really cool feeling,” he said.

“I’m certainly not doing it for awards or anything like that. I’m doing it to have a lot of fun and get what I do out there to people, but it’s really flattering.”

Since 2014 he has travelled around the world, performing to audiences in the US, Canada, UK and Asia,

“I try to make my comedy work with whatever audience I get,” he said.

“I love interacting with people and I challenge myself to interact authentically and playfully with any audience.

“The show kind of has a different path every night depending on who’s in there and I do it in a way where it’s not making fun of the shirt someone’s worn into the show, it’s mucking around as if you’re mucking around with your mates at a barbecue.”

Darsow will perform at 8pm on February 12 at Leapfrogs Cafe in Wanneroo. For tickets, visit www.fringeworld.com.au.