AUSSIE YouTube star and self-proclaimed loose unit Alex Williamson is heading to Albany next week for a show “so wrong, it’s wrong”.
Williamson first hit YouTube in 2003 with the likes of his seven-part Sweet AFL Dream Team series, The Summer of Ben Cousins, and later his most renowned series, Loosest Aussie Bloke Ever.
Along the way, he’s roped in MC Eso from Aussie hip hop trio Bliss n Eso, and fellow Aussie comedians Troy Kinne, Superwog and Frenchy, to perform skits about standard Aussie banter, sex, drugs, booty calls, Pokemon and his beloved C-word.
From there, Williamson’s career spun into an international one, leaving behind his high school teaching career to entertain on stages across Australia and the UK, and wrangling interviews with actors Sacha Baron Cohen, Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Felton.
Williamson spoke to The Weekender while enjoying the sunshine back home in regional South Australia between his Renmark and Ipswich performances of his So Wrong, It’s Wrong tour.
“I was a quiet little kid,” he said, reflecting on his childhood.
“People always ask was I funny in school and I say, ‘nah, I was a f***in’ quiet loser’.
“But I was always talking to people, I never shunned anyone out.”
Williamson said he chose to embrace the Aussie bogan stereotype in his videos because there was “no point” denying it.
“It was hiding deep within,” Williamson laughed.
“Now I’ve realised I’m a bogan, I’m living life to the fullest.”
He said despite being Aussie through and through, he’s had people question his lineage due to his “Aussie-isms” and ocker accent.
“I was overseas and someone came up to me and thought I was doing well, because they thought English was my second language,” Williamson chuckled.
“But when I’m overseas I want to Aussie it up a bit…I flick the Aussie knob to 110 per cent.
“And in the UK, they love it!
“They’ve just got this fascination… but I did feel like I should’ve been in the bogan enclosure at London Zoo.”
His speech has confused a few Americans on his travels too.
“I was at a house party in the US talking to this girl,” Williamson began.
“And at the end of the conversation, I said, ‘ah, fair-o!’ and she looked at me and said, ‘whaaat? Like an Egyptian Pharoah?’”
Williamson is keen to get around regional Australia where everyone “speaks his language”.
“You know us country folk, we can read Harry Potter out loud in five minutes,” he said.
“And I can include all my Aussie-isms that I had to abandon in the UK.
“I had a joke for a UK show and the punch line was Shannon Noll, and when I realised he’s not the next Taylor Swift, I had to change it to some sh** celebrity they would know.”
When informed by The Weekender that Albany is inhabited by a predominately older demographic, Williamson said they might be “a bit stunned and shocked” by his show, but still encouraged all people to come along.
“I had a couple of 90-year-olds come to a show once because they thought they were seeing John Williamson,” he said.
“They left after 10 minutes and complained to the doorman that the only word they understood was the F-word.
“But, they said, ‘well at least he’s getting young people to the theatre’.”
Williamson said he loves regional shows and bringing something to rural towns, as he couldn’t imagine people like Kanye West would make the hike.
So, he’s “stepping in” for Kanye and performing at the Albany Entertainment Centre on November 17.
Tickets can be purchased at the AEC Box Office or online at tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au.