IT’S been nearly five years since Paul Hogan was last in Tamworth, but he’s back to bring his Aussie humour to local audiences this month.
Hogan came to Tamworth and the surrounding region to film Charlie and Boots with Shane Jacobson in November 2008 and brought the rains, causing the city to be cut in half by the flooded Peel River.
He returned with Jacobson in August 2009 for the premiere of the film, but this time he will be solo for his two-hour stand-up show.
Hogan, who was born in Lightning Ridge, said the tour was “like a country tour holiday with stop-offs for laughs” and said he looked forward to driving through the country.
“We stayed in Tamworth for some of Charlie and Boots,” he said.
“I hope we don’t bring the floods this time.”
Hogan said he was touring regional Australia because of the “million of emails and requests” he got after his capital city tour last year.
“People were asking ‘what about here?’” he said.
The show will include “bits of video, bits of film and the stories to go with them” and Hogan said it was all true – and that his true story was funnier than fiction.
“I’ve had a very strange life. Instead of telling jokes, I just talk about the life I’ve led and it seems to be funnier than fiction,” he said.
Not least of all is the past decade of his life, when he faced allegations of tax evasion from the Australian Taxation Office and a divorce from his second wife, Linda Kozlowski.
The Crocodile Dundee star said he just loved making people laugh.
“I love to laugh and to make other people laugh is just fabulous. I’d do it for nothing,” he said.
Hoges: One Night Only! is at the Tamworth Town Hall on July 29.