There's lots to love about the life of a comedian
MICK Neven boasts over 10 years in the comedy industry.
From entertaining Aussie troops overseas to opening for Meatloaf, this man has a collection of great and hilarious yarns.
The experienced stand-up will be performing with Steve Allison at the Yaralla Sports Club at the next Sit Down Comedy Club on Wednesday, February 5.
This week we chat with funny man Mick in a Q&A.
Q - What do you love about the comedy industry?
A - You get paid to work with the funniest people in the country, you get to work in interesting places and you get free beer. What's not to love?
Q - Mick, since your first gig at the Gold Coast Arts Centre in October in 2003, how do you feel your comedy act has changed?
A - In over 10 years doing comedy, my act has changed a lot. In the beginning, it was very structured, but as I've gone on, I'm more confident reacting in the moment and finding laughs in what's happening around me.
Probably the most important change is that it's gotten better.
Q - What has been the highlight of your career and why?
A - The highlight so far has been travelling to entertain the Aussie troops serving overseas. A great bunch of people doing one of the toughest jobs in the world and just so happy to have people over there entertaining them.
It was a real honour. Opening for Meatloaf was another highlight.
Q - Who would you choose, hands down, to perform with and why?
A - I like working with comedians who make me laugh when they're on stage. So Steve Allison is perfect because he's one of the funniest getting around.
If I could choose anyone in the world, I'd have to go for Jerry Seinfeld. I love his act, loved his show and I've heard he's very generous to the comics he works with.
Q - Do you tend to stick to one style in your comedy routine?
A - Yeah, I just have one style. I start with making the audience laugh, and then I stick with that.
Q - Anything else you wish to add?
A - I went to school in Emu Park and also in Middlemount out in central Queensland so it's good to be back.
I'm really looking forward to some Big Rooster in Emerald and showing Steve Allison all the places I used to hang out when I was a kid: the causeway, Roslyn Bay, the Singing Ship.
Plus I remember a kid named David Wallace who gave me a hard time at Emu Park primary. I might pay him a surprise visit, just to see how he's going.