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Cam Knight 'Almost Bulletproof'

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Stand Up Comedian, TV Host and Actor Cam Knight

Sometimes Brisbane just gets really lucky. I'm here to tell you dear readers, this is one of those times. Lap it up. Cam Knight, the hilarious star of comedy stages around the nation and your TV screens (Big Bite, Stand Up!, Hit & Run, Stand Up Australia, Last Comic Standing, How Not to Behave) has brought his 2016 festival show Almost Bulletproof to Brisbane for a limited run from Tuesday 1st to Sunday 6th of March at the Powerhouse.

Having just come to town straight off a run for Perth's Fringe World Festival, and with a new bub and a new TV project on the way, Cam won't have time in his schedule to hit Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney Comedy Festivals this year, so it's time to bust out our #blessed posts on social media, gang.

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Gees Cam, stop being so humble, charming and talented. You're making the rest of us look bad!

I was very lucky to be allowed to abduct Cam from his hotel this morning and whisk him away to the Funny Cave(TM) for a chat about life, the humour-verse and everything. I found nothing of the egotistical, self-centred man-diva antics one might expect from a guy at the top of his game comedically speaking. Instead Cam's got the aura of someone who has maturity, insight and humanitarianism at his heart.

Check out a five minute edit of my chat with Cam below, or visit Talking Funny for the full-length, uncut interview.

"I love stage because it's immediate... and I love doing TV, it's just a different discipline and you've just got to trust the director," Cam says of the differences between stage and TV work for him as a performer.

This year's stage show, Almost Bulletproof will see Cam's side-splittingly relatable comedy cover topics of masculinity, adulthood, and his own perceived foibles and shortcomings.

"The whole concept of that title," Cam says, "Was that I'm meant to be this man - this macho patriarch, pack leader, dad, alpha dog sort of guy and I'm just not bulletproof."

Nor has he ever been it would seem. Not one to shy away from sticking the boot into himself, Cam's quick to admit he was such a naughty boy in his twenties he's not sure how he's going to have a leg to stand on when it comes to laying down the law with his own kids.

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Catch Cam at Brisbane Comedy Festival this week!

These days, however, he's quit debauchery for discipline, admitting he has a strict process for writing his routines.

"At the start it was a lot less disciplined I think because I was young and you're constantly trying to turn over material," he says, "Now if you're sort of writing a show there is a real process to it, but I can't do it at home, like my office is now a nursery. It's good though because I have to book time at a library to go and I know I have a four hour window in that time to do work."

All that work has definitely paid off as Cam's fan-base is strong and just keeps growing. Not that he'd like to admit that, as he confessed to me after our interview it feels weird to talk so much about himself and do the 'hard sell' for his shows.

So I'm going to do you and Cam a favour and do the hard sell for him. For the love of all that is holy (and unholy) get yourself along to his gigs or regret it forever. After an hour of solid laughter at Cam's well crafted, beautifully delivered stand-up, you'll thank me!
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Why? You Need Laughs? Cam's Your Man!
When: TUE 01–SUN 06 MARCH
Phone: (07) 3358 8600
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: $18–$27 plus booking fee
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