Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Carl Barron

Carl Barron is one of the most successful comedy performers in Australia. Barron’s unique storytelling style allows him to mine his own life and childhood for comic gems. He was born in Longreach, Queensland, the son of a sheep shearer from the outback and worked as a roof-tiler for 13 years before he moved into comedy and became a national icon with millions of fans worldwide. In July 2016 Ticketmaster rated Barron as Australia’s most popular comedian and as the third most popular comedian worldwide, based on sales of his stand up shows. He is also the highest selling stand-up comedian on DVD in Australian retail history. His last tour sold over 300,000 tickets in his homeland alone.

What is the last thing you do before you  go on stage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)?

I remind myself that life is short and I’m going to die (it helps with the nerves)

 

• What irritates you?

I was sitting in a window seat on a plane-the guy in the aisle kept looking out the window. I reckon he looked for too long.  it just went on and on. 

 

• What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

I used to stand at the tube stop and see how close I could get my nose to the oncoming train. 

 

• What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

See above

 

• What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?

I’m an ambivalence survivor. Sometimes I fake surprise so I don’t make people suspicious of my disease. 

 

Interview continues here.

 

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