Ross Purdy just wants to change the world in new show, ‘Clownbaby’

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Ross Purdy just wants to change the world in new show, ‘Clownbaby’


Tell us about your show. Clownbaby is a full-on absurdist comedy about one man’s quest to enter into show business in order to gain a platform and positively influence the minds of the masses. Along the way he encounters political assassinations, Dominos Pizza, entry into the corporate world and milk that gives you infinite knowledge.

Who are your biggest influences? The Simpsons, Tim & Eric, Eric Andre, Brett Gelman, Xavier: Renegade Angel, Chris Morris, South Park, Mr. Show and Neil Hamburger. I’m probably more influenced by TV comedy than live acts, generally, and I think that comes through in the show.

Describe your show in three words. Messy, chaotic, weird. 

How have the events in your life turned into material? Events from my life don’t necessarily turn into material, as much as thoughts, ideas and obsessions I’m having spin off into ideas. I had a bad experience at a Dominos in Adelaide that helped birth an idea for a bit in the show that definitely veered off into something else.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year at the festival? Neal Portenza, Demi Lardner, Viggo Venn, Louise Reay, Seymour Mace, Josh Glanc, Zoe Coombs Marr, Duff, Ben Volchok, Martin Dunlop, PO PO MO CO, Double Denim, Dr. Duck. This Late Night Party Boyz show also looks pretty good, but that’d be harder to see while I’m performing in it.