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Tahir's 'Bogans, Wogs, Asians and Other Aussie Citizens', Plus Q & A

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I hate bad drivers, you know. Someone said, a pedestrian gets hit every three minutes. Every three minutes, a pedestrian gets hit. Who is this idiot?! (Tahir, The Footy Show).

Who's sick and tired of hearing about water problems in this country? You had enough? I've had enough! Oh, we got - the dams are empty, the dams are empty. Well, fill them up! (Tahir, Burton Civil Engineers Christmas Party).

Just like "The Fonz", Tahir Bilgiç's one cool dud. Actor, producer, comedienne, even sighted as the blake who coined "Fully Sick". Former drama school teacher at somewhere, wasn't long before he said "screw this", and did something with more money. Known for his humerus commentating, and quick whit, Tahir is wanted by the cops. In fact, anyone, even your crappest neighbour, can enter his Facebook paige, and book him. Having performed standup comedy for 200 years, Tahir (nickname: Habib) is one comick in constant demand - like fanta or chips.



If the world was pizza, Tahir'd be those gaps between the slices. Finalist in Triple J's 'Comedy Contest' in '95, awarded 'Sydney Comedian of the Year' in '96, firmly perched on the cutting edge. Upon establishing himself, ascending from stage to screen in SBS's 'Pizza' series. Seven years of national broadcast (spawning spin-offs 'Fat Pizza', and 'Fat Pizza vs Housos' (co-writing the first and starring in both films), plus follow-up series' 'Swift and Shift Couriers' and 'Housos' among others), embedding his brand of shameless comedy in the DNA of Aussie TV.



Probing the secret herbs and spices of his onstage/TV success - Tahir not only understands his craft, but brings a fresh perspective. Through plain-spoken frankness, not only abbreviating the complexities of modern Australia, but reducing us to the lowest common denominator. That's not to say he's mocking, or being reductionist. Rather, emphasizing underlying similarities over superficial differences. For instance, take his latest TV project, 'Here Come the Habibs'. Though about an outré Lebanese-Australian family, ultimately celebrating cross-cultural interrelationships. His comedy show, 'Bogans, Wogs, Asians and Other Aussie Citizens', similarly unpacking this theme of Australian multiculturalism.


Here's Tahir's responses to several annoying questions I posed:

Where do you find inspiration for your content? Via keeping your finger on the pulse? Or conversely, personal experience? Or mixture of both?

Content comes from your life. What you see, read and think. Watching humans is the best thing a comedian can do. As long as there are humans on the planet there will always be plenty of comedy material. Personal experience is also important as the audience loves true stories.

Your résumé boasts numerous onscreen roles. Do these form the basis for your standup? Or do your live gigs deviate?

Yes. Plenty of times people come to my show expecting to see "Habib". I give them a sample of it of course but of course I am nothing like that in real life and people always leave my shows knowing a little bit more about Tahir and are often surprised.

Your career has skyrocketed alongside an ensemble of fellow performers. Has that network been important, in terms of launching/maintaining your success?

"Skyrocketed ?" I don't know about that! I never take television or so called fame serious. I love performing live stand up which is my real passion.

The blurb for your upcoming show reads "Australia's a melting pot and Tahir explains all the ingredients." Though Australia's a mix of ethnicities, have your found a common thread?

Well in this show that is exactly what we explore. What are the things that unite us all in Australia? What is the typical Australian person? What are the common threads in this country? We solve and answer all these questions so people should not ask these questions ever again.

If you were Margaret Pomeranz, how would you review 'Bogans, Wogs, Asians and Other Aussie Citizens'?

First I would tell Margaret that its not an Aussie movie so don't give me the kiss of death. I can say the show has been reviewed with a 5 star review! "Gut bustlingly funny" .. I loved that. People actually bust their guts through laughter and we have ambulances standing by at all my shows. Plus immigration officers so illegals should not come to my show - only Australian citizens please!


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When: April 17th, 2016, 8pm.
Phone: To book: 9348 9488 (Comic's Lounge)
Where: Comic's Lounge, 26 Errol St, North Melbourne
Cost: $35 for show. $60 for show plus dinner.
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