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Tell us about your new show, Home Stretch Baby…

It’s about the glory of middle age from an ex rock ‘n’ roll comic.

What’s surprised you about middle age?

You hear ‘home stretch’ and think it’s about death, and it is not. The premise is: things that seemed before an impenetrable prism of agony, woe and despair, you get to a certain age and suddenly become so far removed from them they become comical.

You realise there is nothing that can happen that you won’t get over with time.

Is it difficult performing a show about your younger self?

I tell a few home stories from the beginning of my career when I was so full of anger. Without the right tone and the gift of hindsight, people are horrified.

I’ve had a lot of betrayal in my life and so there was rage from that. And there’s a retelling of my worst gig which is, hands down, the worst gig in the history of comedy.

What happened?

It was so embarrassing. My sister had lost her husband in a car accident, and our parents came along to a gig I thought would cheer everyone up.

But it went fucking horribly, and basically the whole room couldn’t even look me in the eye.

What else changes with middle age?

You can’t do things as quickly but, then again, you aren’t in such a rush, either. I took my son snowboarding recently and I got pretty bashed up.

It is going to take longer to repair than it used to, but 20 years ago I wouldn’t have been snowboarding in the mountains in the first place – I would have been face down in a pool of my own vomit in a hotel somewhere.

What else have you noticed?

I talk about how I couldn’t make a decent life decision until I was 35, and that I can’t masturbate to Barely Legal teen porn anymore!

You’ve just recorded a new DVD, Y’Know, Love ‘n’ God ‘n’ Metaphysics ‘n’ Shit...

And it got a standing ovation. It’s one of the better shows I have written and certainly one of the ballsiest things people had seen me do.

Has your writing changed with time?


As you get older you learn to take on themes – topical stuff gets old quickly. This is about after my break-up, when I tried to restore my faith.

It’s about trying to find balance in life and making fun of organised beliefs, especially atheism.


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