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Laid back laughs: Tommy Dean's love of Australian culture is coupled with his Arizona drawl and American penchant for analysing things from many angles.

Laid back laughs: Tommy Dean's love of Australian culture is coupled with his Arizona drawl and American penchant for analysing things from many angles.

Oatley Hotel has a cracking line-up of comedians this month including two of Australia's most sought-after funny men - Peter Berner and Tommy Dean.

Dean has appeared on TV shows such as Spicks and Specks and Good News Week and is the main chair on ABC Radio program TGIF every Friday.

His love of Australian culture, coupled with his Arizona drawl and arguably American penchant for critically analysing things from many angles, is a constant source of interest.

Dean's initial love affair with Australia started, as it does regularly - at least in movies - with him falling in love with an Australian girl.

"My first wife was backpacking when I met her. And then I had that crazy love thing that happens sometimes, and that's when I moved over here."

The story of Dean's discovery of the country, fittingly, is tied to football - for better and worse.

"I like to joke that my first marriage actually ended because of football," Dean said.

"We got to a point where I would be like, 'Yeah honey, just after this game'. And then at some point, she said to me, 'I thought because you were American you wouldn't love football. But you're just liker every other man in this country!' So it's got it's bad side, I guess."

As much as he has embraced Australia, Dean still has close connections to the US - his family mostly still lives there - but the way the country has changed in recent years has left him feeling more attached to his country of adoption, rather than birth.

"I grew up in Arizona, so there wasn't much going on, it was quiet. But it was nice," he said. "But it's like it's a completely different place now. I left in '93, when I went back a few years ago, my old high school had these huge razor-wire fences around it. The mall was about to close down ... everything that meant something to me was either going or gone."

Feel the bern: Peter Berner's smart humour sees him comfortably straddle comedy styles as disparate as satire, observational comedy and reactive comedy.

Feel the bern: Peter Berner's smart humour sees him comfortably straddle comedy styles as disparate as satire, observational comedy and reactive comedy.

Rather than being a loss, though, Dean said he felt the transition America has been going through has lead him gradually to identify more as an Australian than anything else.

"I love the people here, I always have," dean said. "I have family members back home who are pretty right-wing, so when everything happened and Trump won ... I don't know, it was the same as the whole country really, people just drew lines in the sand. I don't have any feeling of wanting to go back.

Dean will be back at Oatley on Wednesday, July 31.

Before that comedy fans will get to enjoy the witticisms of Peter Berner who returns to Oatley on Wednesday, July 17.

Berner has more media credits than you can poke a stick at including his shows The Peter Berner Experiment on Triple M, BackBerner and The Einstein Factor.

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