Joe White: Ethiopian & Still Not Hungry (New Show)
Tilahun Hailu aka Joe White is a former corporate banker turned comic.
Dressed in a dapper blue blazer, Joe returns home to WA from Melbourne with his signature good natured, easy going demeanour and jokes about life in the northern Perth suburbs where stabbings are just another way for neighbours to say hello.
Joe’s stage presence puts you at ease as he navigates through topics like casual racism, illicit drug use, and privilege with a suburban rapport that almost feels like you’re reconnecting with an old friend at a high school reunion.
With a runtime of about an hour (which felt more like 30 minutes), Joe seamlessly weaves between his comedy routine and striking random conversations with audience members all the while still delivering punchlines that at worst make you giggle and at best make you snort with laughter.
His relaxed nature and slick delivery allows him to banter with the audience and make jokes at their expense in the same way that childhood friends launch insults at one another at the local playground.
While there may have been one or two jokes that may have not hit their mark, Joe delivers a solid stand up performance, the type we’ve come to expect from the Perth talent.
Joe is a must-see for those who haven’t had the chance to see him perform live on stage.
Not only because he works a room as effortlessly as Pauline Hanson demonising an ethnic minority, or because he happens to be one of our own, but because his positivity and ability to find laughter in suffering and hardship is incredibly endearing and, more importantly, incredibly funny.
An even more incredible achievement when you consider that he fled war-torn Ethiopia as a refugee and resettled in Mirrabooka, two war zones in their own right.