What’s your link to Townsville?
I’m Townsville born and bred. I loved growing up in Townsville — if it was the weekend or school holidays we’d go swimming in Ross River all day, or ride down The Strand on our bikes. We used to ride our bikes all over Townsville from the dam to Pallarenda. We’d eat chonky apples, Burdekin plums and mangoes and we’d play cricket and footy.
Where are you now?
I’ve been living in Sydney for the past 27 years where my work involves making people laugh. I always say I’m the hardest working person in this biz I know because I’m always touring doing live shows and radio shows and school shows and comedy festivals and the odd TV appearance… I’m always looking for bigger and better things and always challenging myself as an indigenous comedian. I’ve also released a book called 50 Shades of Black about finding love.
How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
Townsville people are gutsy, determined and ready to handle anything. We’re all over the world doing our thing — the amount of Townsville people I run into around Australia or overseas are worse than bloody cane toads! I remember when I was 10 my friend Midgie Ross said ‘You should do comedy’ and I said to myself one day ‘I will and I’ll do a massive show at the Civic Theatre’. Two years ago that dream came true. I’ve performed in New York City, China, Scotland and New Zealand but nothing beats doing a show in your old home town. Mum loves my shows (Sean’s dad passed back in 1990). You walk into my mum’s house and she has all the posters of my shows on the walls!
Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit?
I’m always coming home to Townsville and I love it when you come into Townsville and see Steve Price’s billboard saying ‘Welcome Home’. One day I will replace his mug with my big deadly infectious smile and maybe say ‘Welcome to Country’.