Comedian Sean Choolburra is one of the many talented people who will be making their way to Boomerang Festival for the October long weekend. Sean has the kind of charisma and charm that has audiences just eating out the palm of his hand.
Probably early in life, telling stories to people and hearing them laugh.
Did your family encourage you? Who were the people that influenced you most on your early path?
A friend named Midges Ross; also my family are characters in my comedy routines so I guess they help a lot. Other influences include Eddie Murphy, Bob Maze, Ernie Dingo, and Gary Foley; also Charlie Hill, Richard Prior and Bill Cosby.
Tell me about 50 Shades of Black. Is it a new standup show?
Yes, it’s a new standup show based on interesting relationships and bad dates I’ve had until meeting the right one.
How are you using dance in your show?
I use dance to show people what guys and girls like when pursuing their ideal wife/husband, eg girls like bad boys and guys like good girls.
What are the things that make you laugh on a daily basis?
Interesting and crazy things or people; also what really makes me laugh is hearing people laugh.
Are you constantly working on material? Do things happen and then you work them into the show?
Yes, I’m always working on new jokes; my brain is on 24/7. Anything and everything can make it on the show.
I have heard you tell stories of your aunties that were hysterical. Do you ever work family story like that onto stage, or is there a difference?
Yes, definitely! You have different jokes for your friends and stage. They are a little bit different.
What issues do you bring up in 50 Shades?
I guess healthy relationships, AVOs, kids, internet dating… Anything to do with the pros and cons relating to dating.
What’s a typical day for Sean Choolburra?
A typical normal day is I wake up, do yoga, wake kids, the wife and I make the kids’ school lunch; do some boxing, drive kids school, go shopping (centre or markets), get a facial and pick the kids up. Also, I go to the airport almost every second day to fly to do gigs.
What should we expect for Boomerang?
The audience will want me back just like a boomerang. I am the only comic in the world to have done a joke about boomerangs so I’m suited for the Boomerang Festival, ha-ha!
For more program information go to www.boomerangfestival.com.au.