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John Knowles: Storytiller


Tue 24 Mar 2015, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Fri 27 Mar 2015, 7:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross Street, Forest Lodge, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission Full: $21.50 ($19.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • General Admission Concession: $17.50 ($15.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Listed by: danehiser

The Laugh Stand at Harold Park Hotel presents John Knowles - Storytiller as part of the SMH Spectrum Now Festival.

Raconteur John Knowles has been hoarding bizarre family stories in his tiny head for half a century. Eg. Why does he have Johnny Carson’s fish? Where’s the $1,000,000 his Dad found? The somewhat eagerly awaited follow up to his Moosehead Comedy Award winning show Saddle Sore.

John Knowles has worked as a comedian, writer and chlorine salesman in Sydney ever since German sailors put him off the Hamburg Sud container ship he had called home for six weeks on the high seas.

John has ‘inadvertently’ sent three people to hospital with stab wounds. He has worked as a professional Kermit the Frog impersonator. His wife Ronelle is one of 16 chidren (plus a foster child). While John was working nights at a dubious family business called Swanky Franky’s, John’s dad was out drinking and deep-sea fishing with Johnny Carson and selling jet-skis to Haiti’s dictator, Baby Doc Duvalier. (The blue fin tuna in the photo above was caught by Carson on that trip - then stuffed and mounted.) John was expelled in grade 11 for sneaking a chainsaw into his high school and surprising a rival by cutting his guitar in two. A proud father himself, John constantly tries to make his four young children laugh, to which they often reply. “Don’t give up your day job Dad”. His day job is being their carer.

John hoards stories. He can’t help it. Name a topic. It’ll remind him of a true story. Most are funny, some are chilling and others just plain odd. The show is directed by George ‘Rev Slim Limits’ Catsi and presented by Dane Hiser and The Laugh Stand.

John's past theatre shows include Cops On Heat, Gods Cowboys, OfficeJerks, IMPROZAC and his previous solo show John Knowles is Saddle Sore which collected a Moosehead Comedy Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Storytiller picks up where Saddle Sore finished - dissecting family relationships, rash, life-changing decisions, six brushes with death and four with birth. John brings his years as a professional improv comedian and actor together in this amusing and poignant new show.

* 100% Profanity Free.

Plus! 2 for 1 meals on opening night (Tuesday 24 March)!