WATCH OUT: Irish-born comedian Dave Callan may try his hip hop moves in Ballinas.
WATCH OUT: Irish-born comedian Dave Callan may try his hip hop moves in Ballinas. Contributed

Comedy gets physical at Ballina this weekend

DAVE Callan heads a comedic line-up of hilarious proportions coming to Ballina this week.

As well as Irish-born Dave Callan as MC, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow line-up includes Becky Lucas, Tommy Dean, Rhys Nicholson and Nick Cody.

Dave Callan said the show offers a number of different styles of Australian comedy.

"The good people from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival have realised that everybody's sense of humour is different so they pick five very different acts so people can expect to be entertained no matter what they like to laugh at," he said.

"If they love comedy they will probably love all five of the acts they will see".

Asked about his own style of comedy, Mr Callan said his style is more of the 'observational' type.

"I also do a lot of physical comedy as well, because I am a sort of big clumsy guy, so I do a little dance every now and again to a Beyonce song, because the incongruity of seeing a big hairy man doing some hip hop moves is quite funny to people," he said.

"So, yeah, my comedy's been getting physical lately."

A Little Less Conversation is the name of Callan's latest show, but as he will be the MC for the evening, he will be performing snippets of his routine in between the rest of the line up's acts.

"A Little Less Conversation is a one-hour show with a theme around dancing, where the physical comedy comes from," he said.

"I can incorporate that into the show and maybe do a dance at the end of the first half."

With Beyonce recently releasing her latest video album Lemonade, Dave Callan is considering incorporating some of the new songs into the show.

Asked if being born in Ireland played for of against him in order to conquer Australian audiences, Callan said it was a blessing in disguise for him.

"I honestly think that the Irish and the Australian sense of humour are very compatible," he said.

"We both like making fun of authority because we both have been under the rule of the English in the past.

"We like to make fun of people that think they are too important, and I think that's a great thing."

Asked if he prefers TV, radio or live stage performances, Callan said he preferred radio.

"I like radio because I don't like to wear pants," he said.

When advised he doesn't have to wear pants at live performances, he said: "Oh! I may sell more tickets!"

Dave Callan will appear at Ballina RSL Club tomorrow (Friday) night from 8.30pm. Tickets are $30.



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