Donald Trump is 'ruining' comedy

Trumped: December 12 sees the return of an international big gun to Oatley Hotel's comedy night with the hilarious Al Del Bene (left) headlining along with Ciaran Lyons.
Trumped: December 12 sees the return of an international big gun to Oatley Hotel's comedy night with the hilarious Al Del Bene (left) headlining along with Ciaran Lyons.

Donald Trump has ruined comedy, just ask comedian Al Del Bene. 

Del Bene will be at the Oatley Hotel on December 12 along with Turrell comedian Ciaran Lyons.

"It’s weird ever since [Donald] Trump got in office, I used to address things in a willfully ignorant way, ironically play the dummy and say things that shouldn’t be said - but it was obvious I knew what the right thing was," Del Bene said. 

"Since Trump is really doing that now, it takes the humour out of it because now it’s this serious thing where we have this leader who’s kind of ignorant and says stupid things. 

"So it’s not really funny when I do it now." 

Thanks to the President of the United States, Del Bene has turned his comedic sights on his personal life – and he reckons his wife is cool with it.

"She’s always been a champion with that stuff, when we got married she said anything goes," he said.

"She’s totally cool with it, she doesn’t come to my shows that often anymore."

Born in Boston, Del Bene didn’t have to change his show too much to appeal to Australia’s sense of humour. 

Del Bene said his humour is more autobiographical now and he doesn’t address social or racial inequality too much. 

"I find if I stick to myself less people can get mad at me," he said.

"But there are a few things culturally, in the States racism is in your face, it’s out and about and everywhere so when you talk about it audiences are sort of fine with that - as long as you’re making a point and not just going for shock value.

"That’s the only thing I find I can’t really joke about, I can joke about it in Australia but American racism isn’t in your culture so you don’t really get it - it doesn’t go over. So I’ve stopped doing it."

Sharing the stage with Del Bene at Oatley will be Turrella’s Ciaran Lyons.

Lyons, 21, grew up in Perth and moved to Sydney in December 2015 after landing a gig with Triple J and has made a number of apperances on The Project

The comic said his show provided an honest insight into growing up, having fun and everything life has thrown at him. 

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