Tell us about your new stand up show?
The show is basically an hour of my best material, themed around the fact that I have been in the UK for 14 years and I realised I will always never stop being too Greek for my mates in the UK and at the same time I will never be Greek enough for my family. It also deals with the impossible concept of the Greek mother, which is a great source of material.
How would you describe your act in food form and why?
It is like a trifle. Multilayered, sweet but really shaky and totally lacking structure.
Which sketch/joke resonates most strongly with you and why?
I really enjoy Chris Rock and Louis CK. I like stuff that challenges racial issues, therefore I would pick the N-Word from Louis CK where he argues that he is annoyed when people say “The N-word” making him say the naughty word in his head instead of them taking ownership. Eddie Murphy’s bit on buying ice cream as a kid is also fantastic in its silliness.
Any on the road anecdotes?
There are many that are too rude to tell. I once stayed hidden in a train toilet without even using it, for 4 hours because I had the wrong ticket, only to be caught at the barriers later on. Then, as I paid-plus a fine, I needed the toilet and had to pay extra money to use that too. The fine and new ticket was £140 but that extra 30p hurt me the most.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My material is mainly stories from real life situations that happen to me or some of them I just make up from a single joke that pops in my head. I am often silly with my comedy so even when I’m trying to send a message I like to package it in a bit of absurdity. Most of my material I write when I chat to friends over a drink, through conversations. Which is a problem now because I moved to a new city and with being a comic I interact with too few people. And it gets even worse when you end up examining yourself, because you realise that you are a horrible person when no one is looking!
I am hoping to have a great festival in Melbourne, then work in the UK circuit even more and start writing shows every year or so, hopefully have people who like what I do enough for me to do tours every year.
What’s your scene?
I don’t know what that means. I do like films though, so if there was a movie scene for my life the one in Casablanca where it says “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” but it probably is more like the one from when Harry met Sally when Harry realises that women have been faking it all along.
About George Zach
George moved from Greece to study biochemistry in the UK and, in doing so, avoided joining the Greek army for his national service. But instead of becoming a biochemist he became a comedian, taking the UK circuit by storm. Now he is here with his debut Melbourne show bringing tales of his immigrant life, Greek family and trying to fit in a world he believes is much stupider than he is.
George has been living in the UK for the last 14 years. A couple of weeks ago he actually appeared on BBC1’s “This Week” to discuss the Greek Elections.
Oh, and the army have issued a warrant in case he ever goes back to Greece and his Mum still tells people he is a biochemist.
‘Pulls it off well with a style that is thoughtful and unexpected.’
Broadway Baby (UK)
‘Accessible, likeable, his jokes are solid and his timing impeccable.’
The List (UK)
George is at the Red Violin (14 McKillop Street, Melbourne) from March 26th – April 18th.
Tickets available from: http://www.tixnofee.com/listing.php?date=2015-03-25&showid=467