Cracker Comedy Festival, Sydney

Friday, 7 March, 2008

The Cracker Comedy Festival kicks off on 16 April and features a load of local and international acts including Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld), Ross Noble, Charles Ross and his One Man Star Wars Trilogy, and The Chaser team.

A notable omission, at least as far as I am concerned, is any appearance by Wil Anderson, former Triple J breakfast co-host, (and part time… scientific genius in the guise of Professor Wil), who now works for rival radio station Triple M.

In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Anderson spoke of some of the restrictions that a celebrity “alter-ego” can be bound by, including, curiously enough, not being able to “age”…

“I have this theory that in entertainment, you’re always the age you are when you start your job,” says Anderson, who is still in the same jeans that went to a Rage Against The Machine gig the night before. “So if you start Triple J breakfast at 25, you’re 25 until you stop doing it because you can’t grow old on the show. “The problem with that, particularly on Triple J, was I was 30 trying to pretend I didn’t have a partner or a mortgage or blah blah blah. And I don’t have to pretend here. I can talk about the fact I feel really unmanly because I’ve got these light globes at my house I just can’t change so I had to call Hire-a-Hubby.

Inept husband jokes might have been one thing, but I don’t think even Wil Anderson could have turned a topic as eternally boring as mortgages into laughing material.

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