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Joel Creasey (born 11 August 1990) is an Australian actor and comedian living in Melbourne. Creasey has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as performing at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2013 and 2014. Creasey is also known as the Acid Tongue Prince.[1]

Joel Creasey
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Creasey performing live in New York City
Born (1990-08-11) 11 August 1990 (age 27)
Sydney, New South Wales
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality Australian
Years active 2007–present
Genres Observational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy

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Early lifeEdit

Creasey was born in Baulkham Hills and moved to Perth at the age of 5.[2] He first attempted stand-up comedy when he was fifteen years old. Creasey came out to his family and friends in 2007, when he was sixteen.[3] He attended secondary school at Wesley College, where he graduated in 2007. At school, Creasey founded and was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Wesley Inquirer, and drama captain. He later studied political science and foreign affairs at Curtin University for three months before dropping out to focus on his career in stand-up comedy.[4]

Stand-up careerEdit

When Creasey was seventeen, he entered Raw Comedy, a national stand-up competition; and made it to the state finals in Perth.[2] Creasey made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut in 2010, with a show entitled Slumber Party at the Kitten Club. The show earned Creasey a nomination for Best Newcomer at the end of the festival and he was signed to Andrew Taylor Management. In 2011, Creasey presented his second show, Political Animal, at multiple comedy festivals. His third show, Naked, saw Creasey gain considerable media attention and positive reviews.[5] This was followed in 2013 with The Drama Captain, which saw Creasey sell out 23 consecutive shows in Melbourne and receive Best Show nominations at both the Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals.

In 2014, he started touring with his fifth festival show, Rock God, which gained him significant media coverage and a sold-out national tour.[6] Creasey toured the show to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Later, he participated in the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, Canada, before presenting Rock God at the Fringe Festival in New York City.[7] Creasey also toured Rock God to the Soho Theatre in London. Joan Rivers, upon seeing his act, booked him to open for her in New York in August 2014.[3]

In late 2014, it was revealed that Creasey had been selected to host the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. It was announced in early 2015 that Creasey's sixth festival show would be titled The Hurricane and was subsequently toured both nationally and internationally.

Television workEdit

Creasey has appeared regularly on Australian television in the 2010s. His credits include co-hosting The Circle and appearing as a panellist on The Project, Tractor Monkeys, Studio 10 and A League of Their Own; as well as appearances on 20 to 1 and It's a Date.[8] Creasey has also performed televised stand-up on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, Comedy Up Late and Just for Laughs; as well as heading up the winning team on the Comedy Festival's Great Debate for 2014.

It was revealed in February 2015 that Creasey would be one of the contestants on the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![9] Creasey lasted 41 days on the show, eventually being eliminated on 10 March 2015.

In 2017, Creasey, along with Myf Warhurst, was announced as one of Australia's commentators for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Kiev, Ukraine. He hosted the SBS coverage of Eurovision again in 2018, during which he made a comment about a stage invader during the United Kingdom's SuRie's performance[10]. As a result, he was awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class by the Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling[11].

He starred as Oscar in Australian television drama Sisters.

In 2018, Creasey made a guest appearance on Hughesy, We Have a Problem.

He was appointed as a team captain in Show Me The Movie! with Jane Harber.

ReceptionEdit

Creasey's shows have received positive reviews. The New York Post named his stand-up show Rock God as one of the top five events of the New York Fringe Festival.[12] Under The Gun's review called it "a side-splittingly funny 70-minute display of stand-up that moves at a frantic pace of several laughs per minute..."[13]

Time Out also reviewed Rock God positively, writing that "the relentlessly hilarious 23-year-old has the chops of a much more seasoned performer, and the charisma of an inevitable star.".[14] The Sydney Morning Herald wrote that "he's a confident storyteller – energetic, concise, but conversational – with a ruthless wit and an infectious oh-my-god enthusiasm."[15]

ControversyEdit

In 2011, Creasey was abused and chased by an aggressive group of teenagers after his show in Colac. He was presenting at Straight Shooters anti-discrimination event, held by local community group DYNAMIC. The group of teenagers threatened to beat Creasey and his friends for being homosexual.[16] In 2014, Creasey returned to Colac with fellow comedian Rhys Nicholson as a part of an ABC documentary entitled Gay Crashers.

Personal lifeEdit

Creasey is the son of the "Solo" man, seen in the 1985 advert.[17] He revealed this on Studio 10 on Wednesday 8 June 2016.[citation needed]

Both of his parents were also extras in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.[18]

Creasey has two sisters.[12] It was revealed on an episode of Australian podcast The Little Dum Dum Club that Creasey's parents Terry and Jenny Creasey own several McDonald's restaurants in suburban Perth. He has also participated in charity events.[19] He is openly gay.[5]

Stand-up showsEdit

  • Slumber Party (2010)
  • Political Animal (2011)
  • Naked (2012)
  • The Acid Tongue Prince (2012; live DVD)
  • The Drama Captain (2013)
  • Rock God (2014, 2015)
  • The Hurricane (2015)
  • The Crown Prince (2016)
  • Poser (2017)
  • Blonde Bombshell (2018)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "JOEL CREASEY: ROCK GOD". Beat. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Creasey's story is of the stupid things he does". Daily Mercury. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Joel Creasey's a star – Joan Rivers said so". Black Town Sun. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "CHOGM brings out comedian Joel Creasey's Political Animal". News. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "REVIEW: Joel Creasey's NAKED". Theatre Press. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "FringeNYC Review: Joel Creasey in "Rock God"". Stage Buddy. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Comedian Joel Creasey shoots talk show pilot ahead of stand-up show in Perth and overseas show". Perth Now. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Joel Creasey". IMDb. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Joel". Network Ten. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "J.K. Rowling Gave Joel Creasey A Shout-Out For His Eurovision Commentary". pedestrian.tv. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "J.K. Rowling on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "Mum's OK with being the joke". Yahoo News. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "UTG REVIEW @ MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: JOEL CREASEY – 'ROCK GOD'". Under the Gun Review. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Joel Creasey: Rock God". Time Out. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Comedy Festival review: Joel Creasey's a young genius with an old soul". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Comedian wary of Colac after anti-gay abuse". Standard. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "The 'Solo Man' has a famous Aussie son". news.com.au. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Creasey's parents were extras on Star Wars". Daily Mail. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Creasey to cheque out at $5m mark". businessnews.com.au. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2018.