The comedian, 35, looks back on a year of sketches in Sammy J: The Twelve J’s of Christmas (airs Thurs., Dec. 13 at 9.30pm; ABC Comedy) and tells us about the last …
… time he took a break from following politics
For a week in the school holidays I managed to switch off. That was just after Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership spill so I think the whole nation switched off as well.
… news coverage that made him gasp out loud
When the Brexit vote came through. To be watching something that could change history was intense. And I think we all gasped a lot at the start of Donald Trump’s presidency; now it’s more of a sigh.
… time he was surprised by the response one of his sketches had
The Nauru generation one. The show goes out on Facebook at 5pm every Thursday, and I remember we posted that and checked back two hours later and the number of notifications and messages had just gone through the roof. I realised we struck something of a nerve there. It was getting a lot of attention, and I was nervous that might have been the one where we jumped the shark because a comedy show with no jokes is a bold move.
… series he binged
I’m making my way through The Crown. I love something that feels like you’re still learning while you’re getting all the buzz of a good soap opera.
… time a politician did something he couldn’t make fun of
When Emma Husar announced she wasn’t standing again because of scuttlebutt about her private life and did a very tearful interview on TV. With those personal things, you think, “There’s a human behind it all.”
… road trip he took
Driving to the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It’s an annual pilgrimage for Australian comedians.