THEY say laughter is the best medicine - for this man it is also a rewarding career.
Hilarious comedian Steve Philp will be bringing a bunch of laughs to Gladstone at the Yaralla Sports Club on Wednesday, March 6.
While he may not think he is funny, Steve is in his 11th year of stand-up comedy, so he is obviously doing something right.
The comedian has recently released a DVD, which he will be selling at his performance.
The DVD features some hysterical antics involving midgets and even dancing girls.
"I get a bit bored doing stand-up all the time," he said in relation to his multi-entertaining DVD.
"I like to mix it up a bit."
The DVD is only $10.
"It only cost $1.20 to make so you're only getting ripped off by $8.80," he said laughing.
Steve said he was excited about coming to Gladstone and entertaining a crowd.
"I love the regional gigs," he said. "I always have more fun.
"If they want to see stuff that people will be talking about for the next week, saying did you hear what happened in that comedy show - that guy's a lunatic," he said, predicting the future response of Gladstonites.
Based in Sydney, Steve originally grew up in Newcastle.
Since then he has had a number of career highlights, including gigs in Singapore and making it as a finalist in a competition called Last Comic Standing.
"It's like Australian Idol for comedians," he said.
If they want to see stuff that people will be talking about for the next week, saying did you hear what happened in that comedy show - that guy's a lunatic
While he admits he is not a massive fan of comedy competitions, he was more than happy to be flown to Miami about five years ago for the event.
Starting from a three-minute audition spot, Steve managed to work his way into phase two of the competition.
"It was another three-minute spot in front of 30 Rock," Steve said.
"I had that weird sort of out-of-body experience where they were talking about me while I was in the room.
"I made it to the finals and got to perform in front of about 400."
Steve said he generally tried not to watch any comedy, though he admitted he enjoyed Whose Line Is It Anyway?
"Sometimes there's a blurry line between, did I write that or did I hear that somewhere," he explained as to why he barely watches comedy.
The comedian said he would not consider himself hilarious, but he certainly looked at things differently.
"I can sit on a park bench and have a great time on my own.
"You'll see something and the comedy alarm in my brain goes off saying, that's a joke."
- What: Comedy night - Steve Philp and Greg Sullivan.
- When: Wednesday, March 6, 7pm for 7.45pm show.
- Where: Yaralla Sports Club, Corner of Wood and Bell Sts, Barney Point, South Gladstone.
- Cost: General admission: $55; for emerald members $49.50; ruby members $27.50; platinum members free and includes dinner.
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