With the Federal election cycle now in full swing, people can be forgiven for displaying signs of ‘political fatigue.’
By the time funnyman Sammy J rolls into town next month, the election will be done and dusted and it will be a case of a new PM or ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss.’
However, given the nature of his politically-charged show Major Party, it seems the timing couldn’t be better.
With the level of political discourse in this country seemingly devolving into a form of head-scratching farce, Sammy told Newcastle Live he was more than happy with the current state of affairs.
“It’s kind of an incredible time to be a stand-up comedian in Australia – you’ve got politicians essentially writing shows for us,” he told Newcastle Live.
While first bursting onto the comedy scene with his pint-sized off-sider Randy Feltface, Sammy will be traveling sans Randy this time around.
Major Party will be a celebration of Sammy’s acclaimed weekly satirical spot on the ABC with sketches that include the hilarious Government Coach (who popped up during Malcolm Turnbull’s final press conference after the 2018 Libs leadership spill, eating a chocolate bar), National Yoga and Playground Politics – which brought a much-needed sense of levity to the 2016 Federal election.
“Basically this show will bring all of those characters together for a night of stand-up, songs and sketches,” he said.
“You won’t need to know anything about politics to enjoy it. But if you happen to
know the whole constitution by heart, there’ll be plenty for you as well.”
Sammy, who has had a life-long affinity for the murky world of politics, even admitted that he has taken that affinity to an extreme level – being the first person in history to have licked every Australian State and Federal parliamentary building.
“They really do have individual flavours,” Sammy admitted. “In Hobart you have a real sandstone, convict labour taste, I remember Brisbane tasting quite dirty while Parliament House in Canberra had an almost minty taste.”
Catch Sammy J at Newcastle City Hall on Thursday June 6. Get your tickets here.