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Fri 10 Oct 2014, 7:30pm

Where: Helensvale Cultural Centre, Sir John Overall Drive, Lindfield Rd, Helensvale, Queensland

Restrictions: 18+


One of Australia’s favourite sons, Col Elliott, is hitting the road for a mammoth Australian tour throughout 2014. Promoting both the recent re-release of the double CD set COL-FESSIONS, and the new release of his book In Between The Laughter, Col is doing what he does best – telling his side of the story. He has been a household name on the comedy circuit for almost four decades.

For Col, everything he does, hears and sees in everyday life provides fodder for his humorous stories. For the first time ever, he recently sat down to etch these stories into the history books, and the result is his memoir In Between the Laughter which is due for release in the next couple of weeks. Col admits it was actually his wife who made him put pen to paper. “She constantly listened to the stories and told me to get them down before I was too old to remember,” he says. “It was a very cathartic experience.”

From joining the navy at 16, sent to Vietnam at 17, Col’s life has been a varied and interesting one. There are highs and lows, however, all told with this entertainer’s down-to-earth style. He says the experiences throughout his life have helped shape who he has become and how his meagre beginnings led to a life in showbiz.

“As I wrote, more and more stories came to mind,” he explains. “I had to make sure my time frame was right, but I loved the process of it all. I remember reading Billy Thorpe’s book – it was huge. As I wrote mine I became more aware that I couldn’t get it all down. It became a memoir rather than an autobiography, the difference being the memoir told stories from my life rather than my total life story. Maybe there will be more to come, I certainly have more stories!”

Just because he’s written some of these memories down doesn’t mean that Col is going to change his ever-popular live shows. The shows are always off-the-cuff, with this comedic genius constantly sourcing inspiration from everyday life – and the quirkier angle of current affairs. “Comedy to me is a work in progress,” he says. “There is always new material spliced with classics, but my shows often change from night to night. I am not politically correct and I know that is a bonus in my type of show. No one is sacred, but I take the mick out of myself more than anyone… except our pollies! Politicians are like chimpanzees – the higher they climb, the more you see of their less attractive parts!”

The release of the COL-FESSIONS double CD is really an extension of Col’s live shows. The two-hour album features some of the most popular Col Elliott stories to date – and that’s almost 40 years of stories that Col has had to sift through. It’s certainly a credit to this entertainer that he just keeps getting better (and funnier) as the years go on, but Col is the first to admit that is all about keeping your feet on the ground and enjoying the ride. As he quotes in his forthcoming book – ‘even when you’re getting your a** kicked, you’re still technically in front’.

When it comes to touring the world though, Col’s favourite place to be is back on home ground in Australia. “Aussies make me feel that we are mates when I’m performing to them. It’s not an act, it’s me sharing with them. Aussies are the best audiences in the world. I have been all over this country – I mean, I go places where they still vote for Menzies! But no matter where I am, I feel at home. No other country can do that for me.”

Don’t miss Col Elliott as he brings his show to a town near you. Tickets are on sale now. Col’s memoir In Between the Laughter is out now.