Daily Review’s comedy six: DeAnne Smith

It’s been two years since Canadian/American comedian DeAnne Smith has performed in Australia, but she’s set to return with her new show Post-Joke Era.

DeAnne has previously been nominated for the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and has performed all around the world. So we thought it only appropriate to find out how she approaches comedy, by asking our six questions.

Post-Joke Era is playing at Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and Perth Comedy Festival. See full dates and ticketing details here.

Describe your show in 140 characters or less

Frustrated by the oppression of the Party, I write my “criminal” thoughts in an illegally purchased book. No, wait, that’s the plot of 1984.

Do you have a pre-gig ritual?

Does questioning all my life choices count? Frantically scrawling illegible notes on the back of my hand? Panic-dancing to the pre-show music?

Who is the funniest person in the world and why?

My 92-year-old grandma. Here’s a quote: “I’ve only got one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it.”

What’s the most revealing joke you’ve ever told on stage? (assuming you’re happy for it to come up for eternity when people Google your name and stumble across this article)

I talk about everything on stage — sex, mental health, my dog’s many nipples. But the most revealing thing I’ve ever done on stage is take off my shirt for charity. Trust me, it made sense at the time. (Plus, I have a sweet rack.)

What’s the most memorable thing a heckler has ever said to you?

“I’m sorry.” (Don’t heckle, folks! You aren’t gonna win.)

If you weren’t a comedian, what would you be?

An unhinged person ranting on a street corner. If you don’t come to the show, that’s my only other option. Save me.

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