READY TO LAUGH: The Flannel Panel trio are on their way to Brothers in Ipswich.Gareth in centre will be joined on stage by Tim Kershaw and Jimmy Kuratz
WHEN comedian Gareth McKean steps onto the stage at Brothers Leagues Club later this month many in the crowd may believe he reminds them of a lad they knew from school.
They will be right; Ipswich was once his home. “I am really excited to be coming back to the first place my
family landed in after immigrating from England,” Alistair said.
“I was just 10 years of age and Hi Ho Lodge in Woodend was our home, and my first Aussie school was Blair State School.
“Alfie Langer’s mum, Rita, was the tuck shop lady and like many at the school she had a little trouble understanding my broad Pommie accent at the time.
“The lads at school actually gave me the tag of “pommie” and I had to work hard to learn the Aussie slang so I wouldn’t standout so much in the playground.”
Gareth played a lot of sport in Ipswich and part of that was junior cricket for the Brothers Club.
“I have great memories of Ipswich including death defying rope swings into the Bremer River, meeting the love of my life in Easy Street, eating Joes Pies washed down with Jacaranda Ice Coffee, Jimmy Wah’s Spring
Rolls and chasing girls at the Skateway and Bluelight Discos.
Gareth is coming back to his home patch with two other well known comedians as part of the “Flannel Panel” show.
“In a world gone mad with political correctness, we are Australia’s most unapologetic band of comedians. I am joined on stage by an uncivilised American redneck and a country Victorian conspiracy theorist
“Our comedy show is hard-hitting, politically incorrect, and fast paced! You will not find us waffling on about soft, new-age, we-can-save-the-planet rubbish.
‘We think we have got something special here. That is why we tour from small town to small town. Driving all over hell and taking our comedy to the people.
“Our previous show—Trailer Trash—sold out Perth’s Regal Theatre during the height of the pandemic and our recent show —The Flannel Panel Live— also sold out at the Perth Fringe Festival this year.
You can book tickets for Alistair’s Flannel Panel Show on July 22 direct with Brothers Leagues Club.