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McDermott ditches beard for Thirroul show

TELEVISION personality Paul McDermott has shaved off his COVID-19 pandemic beard and is ready to hit the stage at Thirroul’s Anita’s Theatre to perform his new show next month.

Appearing alongside Glenn Moorhouse, Paul McDermott is hot off a successful season at Adelaide Fringe Festival, where he won the weekly award for Best Comedy, and direct from Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival respectively.

Paul McDermott has been fighting tyranny, injustice and ennui for 40 years, armed only with comedy and a pretty voice.

Presenting a suite of beautiful damnation, and the usual standard of malarkey, McDermott will be joined by Glenn Moorhouse in this “spectacle of mellifluous wonder” in his show, Plus One.

“It’s more of the same. Overtly – the pretence that I’m grappling with universal concepts and ideas in a comedic fashion, but really every thought expressed on stage has passed through the prism of the self until it’s just rampant ego, a pretty voice and what Dr Google and friends have described as a virulent example of narcissistic alexithymia,” McDermott said.

“On a positive note, I will be joined on stage by Glenn, and between bouts of self-indulgent, but hopefully humorous, misery we will sing glorious songs.”

McDermott’s cohort Glenn Moorhouse has enjoyed a rich and colourful 23-year career in the Australian music industry. His musical journey has delivered more twists and turns than the rugged coast lines of his island home, Tasmania: from guitarist with the critically acclaimed rock/pop outfit The Dead Abigails to Musical Director of Green Day’s American Idiot (Shake & Stir Theatre Co). Glenn recently produced two concept albums: Testament (featuring Kamahl, Abby Dobson, Prinnie Stevens and iOTA) and Dubbo Championship Wrestling (featuring David Campbell, Lucy Durack and Eddie Perfect).

Paul McDermott’s 80 minute show, Plus One will be at Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul on June 18, 2021.

Bookings: anitastheatrethirroul.com Tickets: $56.87.


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