ON TOUR: Comedy legend Col Elliott.
ON TOUR: Comedy legend Col Elliott. Contributed

Col set to deliver 'True Blue Comedy'

COMEDY legend Col Elliott may no longer be "whipping himself into a frenzy" on tour, but he hasn't lost that sense of humour that has endeared him to Australians over the last 40 years.

The inventor of such diverse caricatures as Giuseppe Lasagne the AFL fan, Hari Kari the failed Kamikaze pilot, Slugger Mulligan the bush poet and Chooka the Roadie is part-way through a four-month national tour that will take in many of the country's rural and regional nooks and crannies.

Ipswich is lucky enough to be on the list, with Elliott to perform at Brothers Leagues Club this Sunday, August 3.

Speaking from the comfortable surroundings of his Gold Coast residence - where he has enjoyed a two-week break from the tour after kicking it all off with six shows in eight days - Elliott said he knew Ipswich was one of the places he had to include.

"I don't like the old days of the full-on tour anymore," he said.

"These days I will do three of four shows and then have a bludge for a while - I'm actually at home, sitting on the back of my boat at the moment.

"I haven't been to Ipswich for a while so I am really looking forward to it - I know I have a good following there."

While the show will no-doubt involve flashes of some of Elliott's favourite characters from the last few decades, he also likes to adapt new material and he hasn't been short of inspiration.

When he has the chance, Elliott likes to keep up with the news of the day and find the funny side to the madness.

"I like the politicians," he said.

"I look at people like Clive Palmer and his crew and they give me so much material, they could just open their mouth and there is half a show."

It's not all about lampooning the pollies, however.

A lot of Elliott's humour is drawn from his own rich life experience, which included Navy services and being called up for Vietnam as a 17-year-old.

It might sound odd, but Elliott actually partly owes his career in the comedy business to his time with the Navy.

While camped in Nee Soon in Singapore during peaceful times, he was a member of the Nee Soon City Ramblers Jug and Jazz Band.

"That was how it all started," he said.

Many of his life's stories are included in his new book, In Between the Laughter, volume one of his memoirs of life as a touring comedian.

The book is due for release soon, along with Elliott's COL-fessions double CD compilation of his work over the last 40 years.

"People still call out for me to do Giuseppe and it still goes down so well," he said. "It is because of the nostalgia and people just love the accent.

"When it comes to political correctness, I'm too old to be trained and if anyone asks why I do it, well I just say it's True Blue Comedy at its raunchy best."

For more details on this Sunday's show, phone Brothers Leagues Club on 3817 2999 or visit brothersipswich.com.au.

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