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The Old Fella


Sun 7 Jul 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Wests New Lambton, 88 Hobart Road, New Lambton, Hunter Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members: $25.00
  • Non Members: $30.00
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Rod Gregory “The Old Fella” is coming to Wests New Lambton live and uncensored. Join us for a night not to be missed with this Australia’s Got Talent finalist.

Scared stiff of retirement, in May 2010, he enrolled in a ten weeks, comedy course to help him learn to create a caricature, wishing to write amusing short stories of his farming days. On completion of the course his tutor offered him a weekly spot in his Comedy Theatre. From this start he gained enough confidence to have his own show in the 2011 Adelaide Fringe.

You have to believe in fate, as how can one man’s life change from farming to appearing on Ch7 2011 “Australia’s Got Talent”. Rod decided to attend the auditioning for Aust Got Talent hoping for just 2 minutes on National Television, to gain some profile as a comedian, hoping he could attract a larger audience to his comedy shows. Rod had said “Due to his age 67 years old at the time, he did not have the luxury of time on his side”. Quite to our amazement and pleasure, he achieved 4th placing in the Grand Final.

Rod was asked to entertain, flood and fire victims of the devastated areas of Victoria. This tour was designed to bring a little entertainment and laughter to these poor people who had been though devastation. Calavil and Natimuk, flood appeal, and Whittlesea to Bendigo areas for fire devastated areas. Apparently mental health and suicides in the regions was of great concern. The Calavil evening won a Victorian award for, “The most rewarding event to a region in 2011”. It was an honor to be a part of the healing recovery.

Rod has just been asked to be an Ambassador in SA for “Autism SA” which he has gladly accepted. He has a passion for the cause, as he has two Autistic Grandchildren and understands their constant battle with daily life.
In the words of Australia’s Got Talent judge, Kyle Sanderlands “It gives people like me who are over 40, hope for our senior years”

But as soon as Rod Gregory sets foot on the stage, he owned the crowd… and with good reason.

Opening with a pissing-on-your-feet viagra joke, the show progress, using his wife Mary as a foil for most of his mockery, he somehow managed to conjure up a very real image of the woman; it was almost as if she was onstage with him, playing a silent straight-man role. You could almost see her rolling her eyes.
But Gregory’s work wasn’t all smut; there were plenty of jokes from his former life as a farmer. And it didn’t matter that the tales were likely to be of the tallest variety available; the laconic gruff gusto with which he laid the jokes out meant that there was many an aching side in the house (and there were plenty of tears of persistent laughter, too).

For all his rough edges, The Old Fella is a class act. He’s living proof that a comedian doesn’t need to rely on an edge, or some kind of unique hook; just good, honest jokes told with conviction, and maintaining a sense of trust in the audience. After his TV appearances, I’m sure squillions of people know who Rod Gregory is; his fame is richly deserved.