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Cue the laughs, Akmal’s on time

Comedian Akmal Saleh is coming to Deniliquin on Saturday, May 2.

TYLA HARRINGTON April 17, 2014 3:34am

When Akmal Saleh (pictured) performs at the Deniliquin RSL Club he might not make you laugh but he will definitely be on time.

The popular Australian comedian of Arab heritage made the promise when speaking to the Pastoral Times last week.

Akmal is coming to Deniliquin on Saturday, May 2 with comedian Clint Paddison. They will both perform at the Deniliquin RSL Club, with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Akmal is no stranger to Deniliquin and although he’s not sure exactly how many times he’s visited the town, he estimates it to be ‘‘five or six’’.

Unfortunately, Akmal won’t be spending much time in Deni as he has to take off for a show at Barooga Sports Club on Saturday, May 3.

‘‘All I ever see is motels ... you don’t get time to explore, you have to go straight away. It’s unfortunate,’’ he said.

‘‘I look forward to working and I’m looking forward to working in Deniliquin. I’ve been there before and I’ve loved it.

‘‘You never really know what to expect (from his show) but I’ll be there on time. I’m well known for my punctuality. I might not be as funny but I can promise you I’ll be there on time.’’

As well as being on time, Akmal is known for continually displaying an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a non-offensive way.

He touches on issues such as religion and terrorism in his hysterical look at modern day life in Australia, and has toured nationally with Jimeoin, Ben Elton, Steady Eddy, The Amazing Jonathon, the Umbilical Brothers and has supported Steven Wright on two of his Australian tours.

Akmal has been a comedian for more than 20 years and admits he took up the career because he ‘‘failed at everything else’’.

‘‘It was a last resort,’’ he said with a laugh.

‘‘I come from an academic family with a lot of doctors — some are registered. I’d have a job but just wouldn’t show up.

‘‘I’m not really good with my hands — I can’t build and I’m a real idiot when it comes to that.

‘‘I tried everything else so I thought I’d give this a go.

‘‘It’s the best job too ... you can sleep in in the morning and it’s brilliant.’’

Akmal rates stand-up comedy like going on a blind date and says being a comedian is more like an extended holiday than a job.

‘‘I’ve never been on a blind date but I imagine it would be the same stress,’’ he said.

‘‘You make a relationship with the audience. Every night is completely unique and no two shows are ever the same.

‘‘Hopefully it’s a good night when I come to Deniliquin.

‘‘People ask me what they can expect but I don’t really plan it, I work off the audience ... that’s just my style.

‘‘What I enjoy most in life is my job. Stand-up fills my entire life. I love it ... it’s a really good experience.’’

Akmal has been extremely busy lately. He released a DVD, The Life of Akmal, on April 2 and will perform at plenty of venues in coming months.

Tickets for his live show are $35 per person and are available at the RSL Club’s reception.

For more information phone the club on 58811455.

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