Can you tell us what it is you do?
I make people feel happy, and I get paid to do it.
What got you into comedy, were you always a funny person when you were younger?
I've loved comedy since I was a kid. When I was 8 years old I heard an inflight comedy channel, and loved every minute of it. I stood up on my seat and yelled to my parents that there was a man being funny on the radio. I guess I've been hooked ever since, and twenty five years later I got to listen to myself on the Qantas inflight channel. It was a special moment.
What do you get out of performing?
I get a real buzz out of being in front of a live audience. When it's going well, and everybody in the room is caught up in the moment, it really is an amazing experience. The best feeling is when you look out at an audience and see someone crying with laughter, and think "I did that"
You travel all over the world, how do you handle being away from home all the time?
It's tough being away from home. Every now and again I imagine myself sitting on the front porch of a house in country Australia, and remember "I can be there whenever I want".
Where did the slogan 'Go you Big Red Fire Engine' come from?
"Go you big red fire engine" was a phrase yelled by an audience member several years ago, that the rest of the crowd also started yelling. I promised I would name my next show "Go you big red fire engine", because it was such an uplifiting and genuinely silly moment. It has since been yelled in Parliament by Natasha Stott-Despoja, has appeared in a Detroit newspaper, and on a Swedish website.
As you know, Reach Out! is a service that helps young people get through tough times. Are there any tough times that you've gone through and how did you get through them?
I try to remember to yell "Go you big red fire engine" as often as possible. It sounds stupid, but if I can remember to stay positive, then I can usually deal with life a lot better. I guess I always try to remember that the ultimate test in life is not what happens to you, but how you choose to deal with it.
What makes you happy and warm on the inside?
Seeing my friends genuinely happy.
If there was any other person or creature or thing in the world, what would you like to be?
A sloth. That way whenever I'm accused of being lazy I could say "I'm a sloth. Whaddya expect?"
What would you say is your greatest achievement and your ultimate goal in life?
Greatest achievement - that I've followed my dream in life.
Ultimate goal - to keep following my dream, even if it changes.
How do you chill out?
Reiki. I started doing reiki nine years ago, and ever since I've found that giving myself reiki is a very effective way of getting my head together, and really relaxing.
Clues for life
Listen to your heart. Be true to yourself. And yell "go you big red fire engine" whenever possible.