At 60-odd years of age Rod Gregory leapt to fame as he wowed Australia’s Got Talent audiences with no fewer than five appearances including the grand final.
This late bloomer turned adversity into comedy success after a back injury forced him off the farm.
Rod says he was scared stiff of retirement. ‘At 67 it’s not easy to find a job so I enrolled in a 10-week course in comedy,’ he says.
‘The tutor offered me a weekly spot in his comedy theatre. I went on to have my own show in the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival and then appeared on Channel 7’s Australia’s Got Talent.
‘I ended up coming fourth in the final. You wouldn’t be dead for quids.’
Now at 70 years of age, Rod is performing three or four times a week to packed houses around Australia.
His battered old Akubra and good old Aussie humour has made Rod’s Old Fella a favourite throughout the land.
See Rod Gregory’s one-man show The Old Fella at Ballina RSL Club on Thursday May 22.
Tickets: $28pp. Book tickets online at www.ballinarsl.com.au or phone 6686 2544.