By Caleb Sweeting
A big part of the Adelaide Fringe is comedy, and one comedian we highly recommend checking out this year is triple j breakfast co-host, Matt Okine. Okine’s 2016 show is inspired by Hollywood blockbusters, so it’s fitting that you can catch his show, where else but the Palace Nova Cinema in the East End.
So you're no stranger to the Adelaide Fringe. What can we expect from your show this year?
I've been inspired by the latest trends in blockbuster cinema recently, so I intend to perform this year's comedy show in 3D. I'm really excited. My technology will be so ground-breaking that you won't even have to wear silly glasses.
Your career in making people piss their pants started in 2004 after becoming a finalist in triple J RAW competition. At the time you were only a teenager. Tell us what life was like as 18-year-old Matt Okine.
At 18, I was studying to be an actor and I was broke and living with my dad. I worked at my local convenience store and the highlight of my shift was eating the chicken skin off the racks in the roasters. Still, I was very enlightened. I'd say my spirit animal was a goon-bag.
And now, people wake up to you voice on the airwaves. Do you ever pinch yourself?
Yes! I genuinely pinched myself today, but that was only because my eye was itchy and I was trying really hard to distract myself from indulging in a solid scratch... But also looking back to the days I used to be in the car on the way to school listening to Adam and Wil on triple j makes it a lot easier for me to get out of bed at 4.30am every morning. It's been awesome so far.
Do you ever get pissed off when people ask you to tell a funny joke in interviews?
Not at all! I'm a professional joke teller. That's what I get paid to do, so if you've got the money, I've got the jokes.
Can you tell us a funny joke?
Is there ever a fear that as a stand-up comedian that you'll just wake up one day and stop being funny?
Yes. Every day. That's why I do online typing lessons every day. It's like my "break glass in case of emergency" skill that I can pull out the moment it all falls down and I need to get back into data entry.
Lastly, what's the weirdest thing about Adelaide?
What the hell is an imperial pint?? An "imperial" is the small pointed beard growing below the lip. This is serious. I just google'd it. Why are your beers named after what's growing under Shannon Noll's lip??
You can catch Matt’s show from the 8th through to the 13th of March at Palace Nova – Cinema 9 (251 Rundle Street).
Tickets available here.