Joel Creasey: The Hurricane
- Brian Donaldson
- 27 August 2015
This article is from 2015.
An enthusiastic and catty hour of celeb gossip
Usually when a comedian comes to the UK and insists that they are such a big name back home, it smacks of misplaced bravado and a curious insecurity. But when Australian Joel Creasey says it, there’s almost an apologetic whimper to his announcement, yet the evidence is clear: he’s been on the antipodean I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after all.
Naturally enough, he has plenty tales to tell about his days in the jungle but some of his fellow contestants’ names will mean nothing to a substantial segment of an Edinburgh crowd, but he impersonates them so broadly that you get a sense of their horrendous personalities in an instant. There’s also some potentially litigious material about a member of the Neighbours cast that is largely gag-free.
Creasey has an infectious stage presence, both giggly and gossipy with a cutting aside for anyone he feels deserves it. In that sense, it’s no surprise that Joan Rivers had Creasey as her support act during what turned out to be some of her final shows. His moving tribute to her is clearly genuine, but whether he will ever reach the heights of her barb-fuelled success remains to be seen.
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