The best comedy always comes from the kids
AUSTRALIAn comedian Josh Earl brings his new show, My Family is Weirder Than Yours, to Lismore Laughs 2018.
Earl's show is geared towards children (and adults), except if you are related to Josh, of course...
From a dad who can't read maps, a mum who can't be spoken to her when her TV shows are on, a Nan who needs table manners, and a dog that burps bubbles. And don't get him started on his brother...
How hard is it to make kids laugh? Or is it just about mentioning farts and poo?
There is an element of that but I'd like to think my fart and poo jokes are sophisticated fart and poo jokes.
I think the secret is to not talk down to your audience, kids are smart and they can smell a fraud very easily.
Once they trust you it's a lot easier to make them laugh.
What is your show like? Is it stand up or more like a play?
There are a bunch of songs in it, some stand up, stories, animations, the kids get to get out of their seats and help out and parents can relax knowing I won't pull an adult out of the crowd and embarrass them.
I've written it thinking "what would I have liked to see as a kid?" and "what would I like my kids to watch?"
It's funny but not cruel or putting anyone down and families can enjoy it together.
And how do you keep the kids attention on you at all times, or most of it?
The serious answer is I change it up every seven minutes.
I used to be a teacher and was told that attention spans of children can only last seven minutes until they switch off, so whether it's a song or an animation or an underpants fight I make sure that the show is constantly moving.
Have you ever come across a kid that came up with a memorable weird family when you're doing this show?
Some of the best experiences I've had as a comedian are hearing what kids tell me after the show.
My eldest son came to watch it one day and at the end I asked for him to come up by saying "my son is here today if you'd like to meet him, come up Oliver" when a completely different kid ran up on stage and took a bow.
I had to do a lot of explaining to my wife and that kid's actual dad that I'd never met him before in my life.
- At Lismore City Hall as part of Lismore Laughs 2018, on Saturday, March 10, 2pm.