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Interview | Australian comedian Joel Creasey on his latest show ‘Drink. Slay. Repeat’

The 'Acid Tongue Prince' will be performing at LiveNation in London on May 9

By Steve Brown

Australian comedian Joel Creasey is set to bring his one man show to London’s Leicester Square Theatre for LiveNation this Thursday (May 9).

Best known for being the ‘Acid Tongue Prince’, the comedian has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe – Creasey is also Australia’s commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Myf Warhurst.

Ahead of performing his latest show, Drink. Slay. Repeat, the comedian – who is dating model Jack Stratton-Smith – sat down with Attitude to discuss everything about his show, whether he uses his sexuality in order to get laughs and who would be his dream guests at a dinner party.

What’s Drink. Slay. Repeat all about?

It’s just an hour of laughs. Debauched stories from my life. Most of them involving drinking too much and slandering celebrities.

Do you ever feel you have to pander to the crowd with your sexuality to get the laughs?

A comedian will do anything to get laughs. It’s our job. Comedians who happen to be gay get held to a high standard than others for some reason.

Sometimes I get told I play it “too gay” on stage. I’m not playing anyone, I’m just me! But I’m not trying to appeal to everyone. That’s boring.

If you like me and my humour that’s great. If you don’t, that’s also totally fine.

Is it annoying being labelled a ‘gay’ comedian?

Yes and no. But I’d rather be a ‘gay’ comedian than a ‘straight’ comedian to be honest.

What’s the worst heckle you’ve ever had?

I’m not sure really!

What should you never ask a comedian?

Haha to be completely honest… that last question! I get asked it all the time and I’ve never had an answer. Maybe I just need someone to come along and give me a really hardcore heckle (but please don’t actually).

Are you generally always in a good mood?

God no! However, I think there’s no occasion where humour is not appropriate, if that makes sense? Even when I’m in a foul mood I still have time for a laugh.

Is it frustrating that people always expect you to be funny?

Sometimes, yes. Or people will try and compete with you for the laugh. If you’ve got a better joke than me, go for it. I quite often miss the glaringly obvious joke right in front of me.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I have no solutions. And I get it all the time. I guess I just have to wait till it comes to me. I spend far too much time on my computer and phone to be giving any advice.

How does (or did) your Grindr profile read?

Oh gosh I can’t remember. I don’t think I had anything written down. Or if there was it would’ve been something super lame. Perhaps a quote that I thought was whimsical but cool.

What’s your go to Christmas cracker joke? 

I am far too drunk every Christmas to ever remember the jokes!

Who would be your dream dinner party guests?

Joan Rivers, Hilary Clinton and my mum.

What three emojis describe you best?

Eggplant, eggplant, eggplant.

What’s your drag name?

Sarah Tonin. She never shows up for work on a Wednesday.

Joel Creasy 9th May Leicester Square Theatre, London. Tickets available