Darch teen wins WA’s Class Clowns comedy competition

lass Clowns WA winner Sam Allison with Perth comedian Famous Sharron. Picture: Sean Smith
lass Clowns WA winner Sam Allison with Perth comedian Famous Sharron. Picture: Sean Smith

DARCH teen Sam Allison is heading to the Melbourne Comedy Festival this month after winning a WA comedy competition.

The 16-year-old gridiron player had never given comedy a second thought until his mother Laura returned from a ‘Canned Comedy’ night and told him he should enter Class Clowns.

Perth comedian Famous Sharron hosted the monthly charity night, where the audience paid in canned food donated to Foodbank, and by chance mentioned the Class Clowns competition to the audience.

“I had never mentioned it to any audience before, but I’d recently been asked to be ambassador for the competition, and threw it in as a passing thought,” Famous Sharron said.

Class Clowns WA winner Sam Allison and MC Matt Storer. Picture: Sean Smith

There were no teenagers in the audience, but luckily there was a parent who spotted an opportunity for her son and after winning the WA final last Sunday, Sam will fly to Melbourne International Comedy Festival to compete on the national stage against other teenagers from all across Australia.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to make a room laugh and to be chosen to travel to Melbourne is truly unbelievable,” he said.

Sam joked about his height, C-sections, “making a good first impressions with your new girlfriends’ fathers and texting girls” and said the most challenging aspect of the competition was public speaking.

“I had no experience in public speaking or being the sole person on a stage which was pretty nerve wracking,” he said. “The best part of the competition has to be when a room full of people laugh at your jokes.”

Class Clowns WA winner Sam Allison. Picture: Sean Smith

Sam said he enjoyed stand-up comedy and joking with friends, and that his favourite comedians included Eddie Murphy and Kevin Hart.

“I plan to study para medicine at uni when I finish Year 12,” the Ashdale Secondary College Year 12 student said.

“I have also always wanted to pursue stand-up comedy but never thought it was achievable but since being a part of Class Clowns I am definitely going to pursue it also.”

Famous Sharron was at the state final at ECU WAAPA by The Gelo Company.

“Obviously I expect a percentage of whatever he earns when he’s hosting on TV in five years, dolls – these jet-skis won’t buy themselves,” she said.

The Class Clowns national final will be held at Forum Theatre in Melbourne on March 29 – visit www.classclowns.com.au.

Sam said he planned to stay a few extra days to see other comedy shows live, and was grateful for the support received from his parents and Class Clowns organisers and comedians.