Matt Okine goes OG

Matt Okine is best known for his co-hosting spot on Triple J’s morning show, but his incredible award winning stand-up is what is getting him noticed as of late. Matt is in Adelaide as part of the Fringe Festival, and we were lucky enough to chat to him regarding all things comedy and Kanye whilst he finished off doing some laundry.

I see you’re doing your show at The Palace Nova. Are you actually in the cinema where the screen is?

Matt Okine: Absolutely! I mean, that’s the beauty of doing a show at a movie theatre. That’s the whole point of a theatre, they were made to put on entertainment, then the bloody movies came along and got in the way of all the performers! I’m deciding to take it back to the OG style. Granted my show has probably a slightly smaller budget than most of your mainstream blockbusters, but it’s got 100% the feels.

What can we expect from your show this year?

MO: Last year’s show was a bit of a sad one. This is definitely more of a fun one. It’s kind of like how Kanye did 808s & Heartbreak and then he did My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which is OG Kanye. So last year was my 808s and this year is my Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I’m going back to my original shorter storytelling, some really fun sort of observational stuff and all the times I’ve been a bit of a goof in the last twelve months.

Do you talk much about Triple J or is it more your life out of work?

MO: It’s probably more my own life, but there is definitely a crossover with the Triple J world and I will talk about it. Though I’m not going to stand on stage and divulge all of Zan Rowe’s deepest darkest secrets, besides the fact I don’t know any of her secrets!

Famously Chris Rock critiqued your stand up, and I think you should have a chance to do the same to him. How do you think he went hosting The Oscar’s given all the controversy leading up to them?

MO: He’s half the reason I went into stand up! I think that he played it really well despite what was going on. I would like to see the people who were really adamant that The Oscars was white-washed, what they thought of it. I think with these sorts of situations it’s important for people to bring attention to it or else nothing gets done.

What is worse for you, an awkward interview or a stand-up crowd not laughing at your jokes?

MO: Definitely a stand-up crowd! It’s a really terrible moment when the very first joke in your show doesn’t work, your heart just sinks, and you just think to yourself immediately, “Oh, okay, only fifty-nine more minutes of this!” Luckily I’ve been doing it long enough now to know that you can do seven shows in a row that are incredible, and you can do the exact same show on the eighth night and it just sucks for some reason. It’s just like any job, sometimes you go to work and the computer just doesn’t start or a customer gets angry at you, you just have to glaze your eyes over and go to a happier place.

What can we do to help the discrepancy between male and female comedians in Australia?

MO: It’s difficult to do in festivals because you’ve got really strict time limits but, going on tour, finding a local comedian that I can have on stage before me, to let whoever is coming to see me also see that there’s some really funny women out there. It’s difficult to talk about because we live in a world — if you say you’re doing something, often the reaction is, “Well, it’s not enough.” Compared to the people who aren’t doing anything at all. I try to do what I can and I try to do it personally and quietly.

Are there any comedians that people may not of heard of that you could recommend to our readers to check out?

MO: Nick Cody and Anne Edmonds, they’re both really on game at the moment. Also Becky Lucas is killing it.

Matt is only doing six shows and they’re selling out fast. You can catch him from Tuesday 8 March – Sunday 13 March by checking out the Fringe guide.