Sydney Comedy Festival – Shad Wicka

by | Mar 4, 2024

Shad Wicka – Well, well, well

How would you describe the show to someone who knows very little about it?

I witnessed an old man fake a heart attack so he could be the first person to leave a packed flight, and it was the most inspiring thing I’ve ever seen. This show is about getting older, and wiser.

What sets your show apart from others appearing at this year’s SCF, and why should audiences see it?

I love to chat. If you come to the show and are up for it, we’ll have a laugh and make it feel like friends hanging out. Plus I promise you, there is a story at the end of this show that will keep you up at night (…with laughter).

What about your show are you most proud of?

The ending; it’s really fun, but a tad scary too. I lived in Sydney for a chunk of my twenties, so returning to perform there is always a pleasure.

Who or what was the inspiration for the show?

The aforementioned 85 year old man who cleverly faked a heart attack.

How long was the process from idea to writing to stage? Any challenges along the way?

My writing process is likely simpler than most; I have an idea, I try it out on stage, I remember which parts worked, then I do it again the next night. Rinse and repeat until I’ve got it – pressure makes diamonds! If I knew how to write efficiently, I would’ve had the show done much sooner with far less procrastination.

What attracts you to comedy and how long have you been involved?

There’s no boss who can fire you from it – although, I’ve seen some acts over the years that probably should have been. I started performing on stage about seven years ago, but really gave it a proper crack after I was sacked from my on-air radio position for calling former Prime Minister Scott Morrison a… bad word. Google it.

Who would you say have been your biggest inspirations?

The 85 year old man who faked a heart attack! How many more times do we have to cover this?

What are three things that would surprise people to learn about you?

  1. I was born in Vava’u, Tonga
  2. I was sacked for holding a novelty mug next to ScoMo in a photo-op 3. I stole Peking Duk’s rider at a music festival and let some random band take the fall

What comes after the SCF for you?

Depending on sales, either crippling debt, or a Family Feast at KFC all to myself.

Shad Wicka – Factor Theatre – Thursday 9 May, Saturday 11 May, Sunday 12 May


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