Just for a Laugh is coming to Naracoorte on Friday January 25, with a side-splitting line up which includes Gerry Masi, Ross Voss, Billie Dee, Tim Rochow, and Mount Gambier’s own Pam Pudney.
“I used to live in Mount Gambier, and was a village manager there,” explains Pam.
“I moved up to Adelaide, and decided to take up stand up comedy. I completed a course, which held me in good stead for my future endeavours. I tried my hand back in 2016 by having a show down in Mount Gambier, and bringing four other comedians as well, which, unbelievably sold out in 10 days.
“Of course the pressure was on, to be actually funny. Luck has it… I was!”
Pam describes herself as the loud one in her friend groups, and always willing to take the mickey out of someone, so stand up comedy was a natural progression.
“I had been asked on the many occasions I come back to “the Mount” to hold another show, as I have two of my children there, plus my mum and my besties.”
Pam and the other acts will be doing a show on Australia Day in Mount Gambier at the Blue Lake Golf Links at 8pm, but squeezed in an extra show at the Naracoorte Hotel due to Pam’s friendship with the proprietor, Josh Pettman.
It’s $15 for just the show, and $30 for a meal and the show. Dinner starts from 6pm, with the show kicking off at 8pm.
For bookings, ring the hotel on 08 8762 2400.
Below are descriptions of all the comedians who are sure to tickle your funny bone:
FEATURE ACT: Gerry Masi
Gerry Masi began performing and writing comedy while traveling as a performer for the Queensland and Victoria Arts Councils in the mid 1990s. In 2003 he created the comedic character Mad Dog Malcolm – “A King’s Cross streetfighter turned cabaret singer” – and went on to represent South Australia in the Raw Comedy grand final in 2004.
He has since performed comedy in hundreds venues all over Australia. When not performing comedy, Gerry sings at weddings with his band Lucifer’s Lounge, and on the main stage with the State Opera of South Australia.
MC: Ross Vosvotekas (Ross Voss)
Ross is the director of local theatre company Adapt Enterprises Pty Ltd, producing over fifteen productions since 2004. He runs gigs throughout the year, namely “Cranker Comedy” since 2011, which runs every Tuesday at The Crown and Anchor Hotel, and he also hosts “The Gov’s Variety Show” at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel.
He has been doing stand up since 2007 and has performed twice at the Edinburgh Fringe, in 2016 and 2018. He is currently starring in two solo stand up shows during the Adelaide Fringe in 2019 – “Tales From a Comedian” and “Time Out with Ross Voss”, both at The Astor Hotel.
A Mt Gambier native, Billie has only been in the game for a short while but has been making a name for herself in the Adelaide comedy scene, by supporting acts such as Meshel Laurie, Tom Gleeson and Dave Callan. Her comedy can be best described as “animated anecdotes”, with lots of physicality.
Billie won the 2018 ‘Best Newcomer’ award for Adelaide Comedy, and is a part of Adelaide’s “Next Generation” Fringe show at Rhino Room’s Drama-Llama venue for 2019.
A Mount Gambier local, who performs his “tongue in cheek” comedy in the nearby Victorian region (Warrnambool, Geelong and Melbourne). Beginning with the Raw Comedy Festival, Tom has been making the crowds laugh for nearly 15 years. He also is involved in amateur theatre, writing … oh, and collecting Hawaiian shirts.
Alas, a lazy comedian, who can’t wait for the invention of “UBER CROWD”, where she can open the front door of her house and the crowd is entertained from her white leather couch. Pam has performed in the past three years at various Fringe events, Cranker’s Comedy Club, ‘The Gov’, and joked with the audience at her sold out Comedy Show in Mount Gambier in 2016. Her comedic style revolves around her tragic, sad little life of boringness.
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