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“It’s quite a tragic story…I find it funny”, says George Dimarelos, as he gives me a taste of his 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘Self-Sabotage’. George has some stories to tell, and not all of them paint him in the most positive light. Despite the “embarrassing” catalyst for some of George’s material, the show promises to be a little silly and full of wit. The show is largely stand-up based but may feature a bit of music and maybe even a little dance! With “loud and energising” elements, George hopes to “break it up” and keep the shows momentum going.
The former banker is embarking on his second MICF show following multiple sold out nights last year. While George has material from the banking side of his life (which do not feature in his show), he has “learnt to cut all my inflation jokes… they go over people’s heads”. “It’s frustrating sometimes… referencing George Soros… or whatever, no one knows who he is”.
George’s first solo stand-up show was a full run at Edinburgh, meaning “28 days (of performing)… not even a break”. He describes the experience as “brutal”, “great”, “awesome” and “intense”. It appears George has had some of his best and worst comedy experiences in Scotland, and not all them were related to his time on stage. “In Edinburgh I learnt my lesson”, “manage your partying” he insists. George reiterates the need for “eight hours sleep, a nap, some vegetables… that’s what I need… water, I’m obsessed with water… big hydration fan”.
Gong shows in Edinburgh can be a cruel thing but George relished his experience during the event two years ago. At that stage, George had not performed much and was warned of the merciless audience. He retells a story of an audience begging for blood, “one time a guy got up on stage and said, ‘Hey, I’m Matt’, and the audience goes, ‘what? You don’t have a last name? Who the fuck do you think you are… Madonnna? Get off the stage’!” Thankfully George’s experience was not so unpleasant, he describes the “the rush” of making it through his full five minutes without getting shafted off stage, a moment that “hooked” him on stand-up.
“When I was at the bank, I did some night acting courses… just to do some kind of creative outlet” but then George ““did a stand-up comedy course… those exist”. During the first few years, he approached stand-up as a hobby but then took his gigging to the next level. “How do you know you love it?” he asks rhetorically, “because I’m still doing it”! “It’s a real test of something… are setbacks stopping you or not”.
From performing in Perth and the beer gardens of Adelaide, George has “tightened” his show and was thrilled to see “everyone responding so well”. He describes the experience of improving as a comedian, after performing during the day in Adelaide. “People are not as comfortable laughing… because you can see each other”. “When I eat popcorn in a cinema… it’s completely different to how I eat popcorn everywhere else…it’s like that with laughter… the sense of theatre is gone”.
George has a “warm glow of love” for the people who take a punt on his show, particularly if they have not seen him perform before, “you are my favourite”. He is looking forward to setting a “silly and fun” mood to “get everyone on the same level”.
Check out George Dimarelos in ‘Self-Sabotage’ from 30 March to 23 April 2017 at The Bull and Bear Tavern. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
George will also be performing in Sydney on 11, 13 & 14 May 2017 at The Factory Theatre (go here for tickets). In the event you’re in Edinburgh later in the year, you can catch him between 14 and 27 August 2017.
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