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The youthful “unique comedian” Blake Everett is bringing “a bit of variety” in his Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘King of Nothing’. “There’s a lot in there”, says Blake, “it’s not plain stand-up… this is a variety hour…except 50 minutes… welcome to the variety 50 minutes”! Blake plans to mix in stand-up, musical comedy and sketches “all on my uno…it’s just me”.
“If you want politics… not this guy” says Blake, describing his show as a bit “narcissistic”. With this in mind, here’s a little bit about the bloke. Born and raised in Coburg, Blake’s “favourite ice-cream is cookies and cream” and he describes himself as a “friendly character on stage” and off. In jest Blake adds, “not only am I a comedic genius… I have the looks to go with it… they call me the David Beckham of comedy… they don’t… my mum does, she thinks I’m a whiny Englishman”.
After some “nice reviews” of his 2016 MICF performance, Blake wants his 2017 show to feel “fresh” and not cover stale material. He hopes any improvising he does will complement the mix of styles in the show. “There is a bit where I do call on the audience… I find it weird, some people are happy to heckle…without any prompt… but I’ve got a bit where I ask someone in the audience to heckle me… and I found no one wants to do it… which is strange… if I didn’t ask, they would be happy to”.
While Blake can be a little “daggy… and a bit naughty”, he also has a truthful streak. “I find my comedy comes from a real place”, some of it might “not necessarily be heart warming” but it will be true. Whether it is a positive or negative experience, Blake will “try and channel this into the comedy”. He covers issues like how to complement your girlfriend in the right way… break ups, studying or finding a new passion.
Blake is still trying to ‘find the funny’ after being king-hit in Frankston in July 2016. “It’s messed up… the moment I got hit in the head I managed to pull myself away from the situation and saw some blood dripping down my face… as I walked away from it I thought, I could get some comedy out of this… the first thought wasn’t you should probably get stitched up”. Blake retells his experience of being interviewed by a range of TV stations… “Channel Nine was the best”. But as I overflow with sympathy for Blake, the conversation quickly turns to news anchor, Peter Hitchener. “I don’t know if you follow him on Instagram or on Snapchat, phitchener9… he does lots of mirror selfies… check it out, he’s great”!
Blake notes that he got in touch with the anchor man following the incident, thanked him for the coverage and invited him to attend a pantomime show he is in. Since 2012, Blake has been part of the Make Believe Theatre at the Doncaster Playhouse, which puts on a production every school holidays. “It’s been great… it’s work I enjoy” says Blake, “a different fairytale each time”. He particularly appears to appreciate the “creation side of things”.
In addition to supporting local theatre productions, news anchors, Otters on Instagram: “I recently followed an otter @carteltheotter… it’s adorable”; Blake is also supportive of others in the Melbourne comedy scene. He is a “big fan of Guerila Comedy”, a comedy club in Hawthorn. “One of my mates Matt Young runs it, with Hamish Patterson… it’s a really cool room… filled with bean bags”! Blake is also glowing with praise for his “good mate” Luke Kidgell, who has put together a debut MICF show titled ‘You Don’t Own Me’, “he’s very funny”, says Blake.
If you’re ready for a comedy show “that Peter Hitchener would approve of” [disclaimer: unofficially], then ‘King of Nothing’ is for you! Comedy is more than a job for Blake, “it is a passion”. He embraces the “great feeling” of making people laugh on stage, bringing joy as well as helping people “forget things, even if it’s just for a five minute” period. Blake is doing something that he loves, and despite his occasionally jester-like disposition, his show promises to have some meaning. “It’s called the ‘King of Nothing’… the moral is… it’s a very loose moral… it doesn’t matter if you’re the ‘King of Nothing’ as long as you’re doing what you love”.
See Blake Everett in the ‘King of Nothing’ from 10 to 13 April & 18 to 22 April 2017 at the Tasma Terrace, click here for more information and to book tickets.
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