When Joe Avati was growing up, he wanted to be a rockstar. Problem was, he couldn’t sing. And according to his dad, Italians weren’t rockstars. Not to be disheartened, he taught himself to play the piano and guitar and he wrote a few of his own songs, finishing high school with a composition major. He then completed a Food Science degree at University which he finished with a distinction average, and he went on to help create the Streets Magnum ice cream!
Comedy didn’t come until a little bit later in life when Joe’s friends convinced him to go to an open mic night at Sydney’s Original Comedy Store. Within 6 months he’d been given his first paid gig, and he’s now selling out arenas around the world!
Joe is bringing his award winning show back to Bankstown Sports this September and says he’s drawn a lot of inspiration from everyday things, and kids.
“There will be a lot of new material at the show. I’ve been writing a lot of new stuff over the past 6 months and I’ve been trialling it at a few different venues and it’s working really well.
He says he likes performing what the audience wants to hear, so he just asks them!
“I actually ask the audience what they want to hear. In the 30mins before the show I ask them to tweet or private message me on Facebook and tell me the topics or segments they want me to do. I then make a mental note and try and get through all of them in the hour and a half show! I don’t have a set list anymore so no two shows are ever the same. It makes shows a lot more fun for me too! I love the improvisation!”.