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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 April2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 13 again There are certain taboos in comedy that you can’t even touch. I guess sometimes we get a bit too enthusiastic and carried away. There’s a very fine line. George will be joined by Gabriel Rossi to perform the San Memo Festival. one can still have time to themselves and try something more creative, as long as they love what they are doing. something new and c something new and challenging, which is the eason why he e performers and trying crash-test city is Adelaide, as he believes it consists of a very mainstream audience, very middle-of-the-road, not too posh nor too easy on just any sort of c a a very too p sort of material. Even though he ons onsidered to be a source of omic m al m I hav ause I do stan omic mastery, he has experienced al moments of stage-failure. ause I do stand-up as my main way of making a living, I have to try lots of things to see what actually wor siege and people just wouldn't let me go e. They didn't wa story about how I wan story about how I wanted to get everyone hristm ed to go to th eally nervo emem ed about the Lindt factory after the e. They didn't want to know. I made a hristmas but now I can't, I'm see what actually works and what doesn't. What people love and what people love and what they find inappropriate." ed about the L siege and people just ed to go to the shop. And that made eally nervous in the audience. It emember when there was the uwait, a SCUD missiles. They d SCUD missiles. They didn't go for that either, ust too ause it was just too soon," he confesses. ertain ta an't even touch. get a bit too enthusia ertain taboos in comedy that get a bit too enthusiastic and carried away that we feel some things a ome au puns seem incon espectful. T Despite the ovising during his acts, constantly acting with his audience, even when this involves slamming their racist omments or ann omments or annoying behaviour. "Unfortunatel job difficult and giving the rest of the attend an't even touch. I guess sometimes we we feel some things are acceptable on stage, and ears of the audience the same 'innocent' espectful. There is a very fine line." ouble a lot of times, George keeps omedians, though in the eyes onsiderate and sometimes Despite the fact he has gotten himself ouble a lo ovising d acting wit when this involv "Unfortunately, more than less there will be someone be someone in the audience that just won't shut the attendees a bad experience. If someone attention in my shows, I make sure won't shut-up, making the performer's job difficu someone wants to be the centre of attention uwait, and I did some jokes about performers and trying out new material on stage wh e doing. Kapiniaris is always seeking eason why he enjoys mixing with younger whilst on tour. His favourite they get their fair share of 'fame'," he says. "Another thing is, I do swear. If you go to America, there's not one American comic who holds back. But I'm expected, as a good Greek boy, to not swear. I don't believe in that." "I can't understand the 'I don't like George or John or Mary because he or she swears' thing," he says while laughing. This is his 30th year in the business and he feels more than lucky that he has never been unemployed or obligated to do other jobs in order to make a living. "I've managed to be in the right place at the right time a lot of times. I think I'm pretty good at what I do, but I think luck has had a little bit to do with it aside from skill and talent." "It saddens me, however, that 90 per cent of performers and actors in this country are unemployed," he says. "In Australia, before someone sees an Austr movie they'll see an English movie, an Americ movie and an Irish movie and a Canadian movie, but they won't look at an Australian movie, they won't get one from the video shop. I myself c remember the last time I borrowed an Australian movie, unless it was something I had to see." George thinks that actors have to be trained in doing stand-up comedy, whereas stand-up comedians 'have it in them'. He has always modelled himself on Robin Williams, as he was an improviser who got into sitcoms, became a stand-up sensation and then a Hollywood film star, with a talent spanning every genre. "I always seem to believe that an actor or comedian can only prove themselves live on stage or in stand-up comedy, although actors can't do comedy unless they're stand-up comedians," he muses. "You can't call George Clooney up to do a stand-up show, but you could call Robin Williams, who has been my idol and role-model." "Look at Zach Galifianakis, he was a stand-up comic before he was an actor. He went on stage and improvised, having a fuller understanding of what works on stage and in comedy," he says. To hear some of your favourite songs as you've never heard them before, George Kapiniaris has prepared a comic-music treat that will go on for two hours on Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 April, at the Comic's Lounge. Not to be missed. *For more information and bookings, visit www.thecomicslounge.com.au and www.facebook.com/wogcomedy FEATURE George Kapiniaris, the relentless Greek comic.
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