Hot Australian Comedian Whoops It Up For Northern Nsw Drought-Affected Communities

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Drought-affected communities in northern New South Wales might for once have something to laugh about with one of Australia’s hottest new comedians committing to tour across some of the hardest-hit drought areas including Bourke, Moree, Narrabri, Collarenebri, Walgett and Coonamble.

Aboriginal comedian Kevin Kropinyeri has vowed to serve up his side-splitting takes on life with his North Western NSW “Drought Drubbing” tour, which includes a special promise to explore the funny side of living amidst severe drought.

Best of all, the shows will all be free of charge.

Jokes to one side, the tour has been organised by leading community mental health support service provider RichmondPRA and Australian Red Cross to deliver some light relief for communities impacted by drought and raise awareness of supports and services available.

The shows are being funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Targeted Community Care (TCC) Drought Assistance Package.

The tour idea stemmed from a recent performance Kevin delivered in Cobar at the request of RichmondPRA as part of an initiative to spread the word about hardship assistance available to farmers struggling under drought conditions.

“The feedback was that Kevin delivered a very funny performance that was well received by every person in the audience,” RichmondPRA CEO Pamela Rutledge said.

“Given that Kevin is an extremely talented performer and a rising start of the comedy scene it dawned on us that we should ask him to bring some cheer to other drought affected areas across New South Wales.

“Kevin’s been most obliging and it’s wonderful that he’ll be bringing his brand of comedy to so many people in so many towns.

“The added bonus is that it provides an opportunity to make communities aware of assistance funding and supports that are available for farmers and other people struggling with drought.

“Quite often people simply aren’t aware that such help is available.”

Kevin said the six free shows would be a highlight of his busy touring schedule.

“Drought doesn’t affect just farmers – it can take a toll on entire communities,” Kevin said.

“Laughter is one of the best tools to help people realise that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how bad the circumstances might feel.

“If anyone needs a bit of laughter and light at the moment its people in drought-affected communities, so bring it on!”

Kevin said the tour was particularly meaningful, given his own personal struggles.

“I’ve experienced the dark side of depression in years past, to the point where I tried to take my own life,” Kevin explained.

“But what I learnt was the importance of weathering the storm and moving forward with the help of love and laughter from those around me.”

Kevin exploded onto the comedy scene in 2008, winning the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s “Deadly Funny” comedy competition.

He’s since become a fully professional performer on the national comedy circuit, winning audiences over with his sharp, likeable and joyfully ridiculous humour.

As part of the “Drought Drubbing” tour, Kevin will perform at

Bourke: Bourke MPC Hall, Bourke High School: Tuesday 28th October, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Moree: Moree Town Hall: Wednesday 29th October, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Narrabri: The Crossing Theatre: Thursday 30th October, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Collarenebri: Collarenebri Bowling Club: Friday 31st October, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Walgett: Walgett Sporties Club: Saturday 1st November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Coonamble: Coonamble Bowling Club: Monday 3rd November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

RichmondPRA is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with mental illness in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a foremost mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 55 years.

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