Life offers plenty of fodder for comedian
STEVE Allison describes himself as a 'little ranga who mucked around and made everybody laugh' in his younger years.
Today, he's no different. Steve has been hailed one of the funniest, down-to-earth comics whose material is all based on real life.
"My shows are based on teaching my kids to swim, how to survive a relationship and positive stuff," he said.
Unlike many comics, mocking the town he is performing in isn't something Steve likes to do. Instead he likes to keep things light.
"You are asking for trouble if you have proud locals in the audience (and you make fun of them)," he said.
"Having been married for 23 years, with kids, sports and a beer, there's tonnes to talk about.
"You don't have to know who Bill Shorten is."
Steve was destined to be a comic, always pushing the buttons at his school at the Gold Coast.
"I was expelled twice in Year 10," he laughed. "I was caught smoking in the girls toilets once.
"I was mucking around all the time and making people laugh. I found it was better to make people laugh than to fight them."
Steve tested out a few other jobs but they didn't compare to making bellies hurt and smiles widen.
"I worked in a bakery, I was a window washer and I worked at a fish and chip shop," he said.
"Being a comedian is the best job in the world. You meet nice people, you get free food, and do bugger all."
Fathering his 17 and 19-year-old children is a job Steve gets a kick out of, too.
"Sometimes I am a funny dad and then not a cool dad," he said. "I taught them both how to drive.
"In their log books it looks like they've been on a weird pub crawl.
"They drove me to work all the time, to different pubs around Brisbane and the Gold Coast."
Steve's shows run for around 45 minutes to an hour. They are nothing short of a good time.
"Any longer than an hour, they run out of laughs," he said.
"It's like they have a disease when they walk off. They say 'my jaw hurts, my stomach hurts, my eyes are watering and I pissed myself'.
"I say 'they are the symptoms of Ebola, you really should see someone'."
The father of two has been to Gladstone before and it's a community he enjoys making laugh.
"I don't mind the late-night Maccas, I have stumbled down there before," he said.
"It's a good little harbour there and a good golf course.
"I would really like to see a bunch of people come to the Reef."
- Steve Allison and Nick Penn
- Friday, November 14 at 8pm
- The Reef Hotel
- Tickets $28