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Dead funny DAAS wheels its way West
Watch out Geraldton, the Doug Anthony Allstars, who took the comedy world by storm in the 1980s and 90s, are back and heading your way. But it's not a chirpy fun-filled brand of humour they are bringing with them.
This is the kind of humour that will leave you with your sides splitting with laughter but will then make you wonder if your laughter is more than a little inappropriate. But if you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at?
And in Near Death Experience, it is definitely Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Paul 'Flacco' Livingston who are on the receiving end and who make us laugh at ourselves through their own foibles.
Ferguson, now wheelchair bound with Multiple Sclerosis, doesn't escape the dark and cathartic humour, contributing his own sight gags, slumping gormlessly as McDermott jokes about his illness.
The 90-minute show comes to Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton at 8pm on Thursday, October 26 as part of a WA tour taking in Albany at the Albany Entertainment Centre on October 24 and Perth at the Heath Ledger State Theatre on October 27 and 28.
Earlier this year, the trio performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of a highly successful UK tour, reviving the successes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where the then DAAS consisting of McDermott and Ferguson on vocals and Richard Fidler on guitar really earned their stripes.
DAAS have never been gentle with their comedy and not much known for political correctness, but McDermott says they are now older, sicker and angrier, which provides a wealth of dark experience that makes them better than ever.
Many will be familiar with DAAS from their live shows and television appearances in the 80s and 90s, helping move Australian comedy beyond joke telling to something more topical and controversial.
The trio broke up in 1994 after an Australian farewell tour, but reformed in 2013 when McDermott and Ferguson teamed up with their mentor Paul 'Flacco' Livingston and began to create a new version of the Doug Anthony Allstars.
They returned to the UK and won the Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award in 2016.
They played to sell-out audiences in London's Soho Theatre and were highly acclaimed, before a full season at the Edinburgh Fridge in 2017 and winning acclaim from the likes of Eddie Izzard and Dawn French.
The show comes with a warning: Sexual Images, Violence, Magic, Extreme Conservatism, Dogs, Uncensored Whistle Song and Wheelchair Dancing.