Comedy gigs are often pretty boozy affairs, which is something Kelsey De
Almeida has come to accept during his four years in stand-up.
“As a non-drinker myself, it’s quite the antithesis of what I would put myself through ± a carnal
atmosphere ± but as long as everybody else is having fun, I’m quite happy to contribute in terms of comedy,” says De Almeida.
shows at Adelaide normally making Edinburgh Fest Best of the Edinburgh Fest De Almeida will be doing just that as part of this year’s Best of the Edinburgh Fest show.
The performance places De Almeida alongside fellow UK comic Jimmy McGhie and Canada’s John Hastings in a one-hour show split into three solo sets.
De Almeida just wrapped a month of shows at Adelaide Fringe and gained a fair appreciation for the Australian sense of humour.
“Australian and British humour’s very similar, however I definitely think it’s harder to be selfdeprecating here because everyone’s quite cool,” he says.
shows at Adelaide normally making Best of the Edinburgh Fest “If you come on as an Australian comedian and talk about how hard your life is and say, ‘oh isn’t the weather crap?’ it doesn’t really work.
diverse audience The British unite on how shit everything is.”
De Almeida is 23 years old and has been performing comedy since he was 19. He started out with an observational spin but has recently been favouring personal content. “
diverse audience I love Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Jerry Seinfeld, I love that kind of comedy,” he says.
“You don’t learn a lot about them, but they speak about your life.
Pandemic Whereas what happens in comedy, you end up not being anything like your heroes and that’s what I’ve done.
I’ve turned from being a very observational comedian to being quite self-reflective.” .
Melbourne audiences can expect to learn quite a lot about De Almeida during his 20-minute stint. “You definitely get a real insight into my life, my beliefs.
performance places I talk a lot about being religious,” he says.
“When people talk about religion on stage, it’s normally making fun of religion, whereas
I talk about religion in comedy from the point of view of a religious person.
“There’s a lot of fear and scepticism around religion, so I talk about what it’s like to live a life where you’re the outsider not only just as a comedian looking at the outside,
which is something Kelsey making but also why it’s hard dating.”
De Almeida is from London, a densely populated city with a significant delegation of amateur comedians
It’s been a prime location to hone and expand his craft.
“It’s a very multicultural city, so travelling around the world doing comedy isn’t as difficult because there are some nights I’m performing and 50 per cent of the audience aren’t from the UK,” says De Almeida.
“It’s quite nice to have a very diverse audience there and tailor material to every demographic of person, no matter what the background is.”
“Australian and British humour’s very similar, however I definitely think it’s harder to be selfdeprecating here… The British unite on how shit everything is.”
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