Comedy Cave with Fred Lang
COMEDIAN Fred Lang has done his time in Goonellabah.
“I served eight months in 1990,” he says. “I did it for love, but I learnt very quickly that it wasn’t going to work so I toddled off back to Sydney.”
Judging by our chat, Lang isn’t particularly fond of the region. In his short time here he didn’t make any lasting relationships and his idea of our uni students is less than inspirational.
“I’m looking forward to seeing if the uni students are any smarter. The ones I met were all doped up muppets,” he says.
Despite his dim (and perhaps bitter) view of our area, Lang is known for his social commentary and has impressed the likes of the biggest in politics – Prime Ministers John Howard in 2006 and Kevin Rudd in 2008.
Since then he has done seven tours for the Australian Defence Force where he was forced to reconsider his values.
“I was ready to mock them but within three days I realised they were to be commended,” Lang says. “I may not approve of the political machine that puts them there, but the people who do (the job) deserve recognition.”
Lang’s shows can feature anything from political rambles to why children should stay in school, but you can be sure there will be “no jokes”.
“I love waffling stories that ramble on but eventually I’ll get to my point,” he says.
Most of his tales will be of a national base but he’ll add in a few gags about the local area, too.
“Like how Alstonville is the Aboriginal word for retirement village,” he says laughing.
Why should we see Lang’s show?
“Because Lismore needs to laugh and we can discuss town planning. I mean, really, who puts a town on the river where it’s bound to flood all the time?”
Lang is the second comic to perform at The Northern Star’s Comedy Cave.
Fred Lang stirs a laugh at Lismore City Hall on Saturday, from 8pm. Tickets $18.