Harmony Week launches with all star comedy lineup

Dane Simpson’s dad is the only heckler the Wagga Wagga comedian has ever had.

“For some reason he just likes, if there's a little bit of silence or a bit of nothing happening he feels like, ‘now’s time to entertain the crowd’,” Simpson, who will headline Comedy For A Cause this Saturday, says.

“He’s just a really unpredictable character. He can click his fingers really fast and really loud. I’m back stage at a theatre in Dubbo and I wonder if my dad made it, and then all the lights went down and I just heard this guy start clicking. From what I remember he was clicking Another One Bites the Dust by Queen.”

I used to be the only stand up comedian in Wagga, second to my dad, but now because we’re doing the Riverina Comedy Club we’re starting to see some local people thrive. - Comedian Dane Simpson

The same packed out show, Simpson’s dad Bow stood up and yelled out at his son mid-performance.

“He stood up at the theatre and he’s like, ‘don’t tell that story’

“We’d packed out the theatre at Dubbo. You could feel the crowd go ‘somebody yelled out something’ and then I’m like, ‘that guy is my dad’ and everyone just erupted with laughter and then he just stood up and started waving like the queen.

“What was really funny was he didn’t turn up until almost lights down.”

Deadly funny: Wagga Wagga comedian Dane Simpson has led a comedy revival in his hometown. Picture: Kieren L Tilly.

Deadly funny: Wagga Wagga comedian Dane Simpson has led a comedy revival in his hometown. Picture: Kieren L Tilly.

Simpson, along with comedians Dilruk Jayasinha (Have you been paying attention?) and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa (Australia’s Got Talent) will launch Harmony Week in Ballarat with a comedy night for Ballarat’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network.

Since winning the Deadly Funny finals in New South Wales in 2015, Simpson has led a comedy revival in his home town.

“I used to be the only stand up comedian in Wagga, second to my dad, but now because we’re doing the Riverina Comedy Club we’re starting to see some local people thrive.

“It’s cool to see all these people from random places in life really come together for the sake of doing some comedy and then bringing that to the Wagga community.”

Comedy For A Cause is hosted by the Centre for Multicultural Youth, BallaRatCat Comedy and the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council on Saturday, March 18 at Suttons House of Music.

To book visit suttonshouseofmusic.com.au. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for concession.