Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson won't change humour to suit PC world
NAVIGATING this modern politically correct world can be a challenge at the best of times but veteran Australian comedian Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson isn't too worried about it.
For the past 40 years, the irreverent 71-year-old has plied his trade performing politically incorrect comical songs around the world, playing over a hundred shows per year, earning himself a cult following in the process.
Calling The Morning Bulletin from Burnie, Tasmania in advance of his (estimated 12th) return to Rockhampton next month for the 2018 Almost Awesome tour, the man born in Sydney under the name Dennis Bryant, described in his easy going manner how he went from being Kalgoorlie electrician to a career comedian.
"We had a little top 20 cover band and when the song drifted away from the top 20 I used to quite often sit at home alone, with or without a beer and rewrite the lyrics, then reintroduce the song as a comedy song into the set until eventually we were getting more requests for the f---ed up versions of the songs than we were from the originals,” Kevin said.
He describes his act as consisting of 80 per cent songs and is currently in the midst of working on his 19th album - his second Christmas album - which he was preparing to road test material from on his upcoming tour before returning to the recording studio.
Featuring a song roasting Cardinal George Pell and fun song titles like It's beginning to look like syphilis, A way with the stranger and Silent wife, the new album promises to deliver the laughs in time for Christmas.
Kevin's touring show is a real family affair with his wife Betty handling the business side of things and his daughter Jenny Talia (born as Tammy-Jo Bryant) slated as his opening act.
One of his biggest problems these days is what to leave off his set list from his 200-300 song back catalogue, which collectively has sold almost four million albums.
"There will always be some of the early ones like Santa Claus, Living next door to Allan, Do you f--- on first dates, It was over before it began, and those songs will always be a part of it,” he said.
"You get really good feedback in as much that people sing along with it, that to me is the joy of the show, is that everybody's getting into it.
"[A crowd favourite from the] last ten years has been a song called D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F, I always open the show with that song, it really does set up what the show's about and it gets everybody singing along, it's a great way to get the show started.”
The acronym D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F. (which stands for Do I look like I give a f---?) is tattooed on Kevin's wrist, summing up his unapologetic approach towards making potentially offensive jokes in a society which has become increasingly more politically correct.
"It is very much a mantra, I really don't give a f---,” he said.
"Everybody's worried about everyone else, what they say is offensive, or they are offended by certain things that they say or do, well if that's the case, well stay offended, I don't give a f--- you know.
"I'm not going to live to anyone else's rules, my rules that I set myself are absolutely within the boundaries of decency and fair play, that's all that matters.”
He said people were entitled to their views and opinions but they should "stick to their knitting”, stay clear of what he's doing and focus more on their own lives.
"Here's a great analogy I heard recently - if you have a sense taken from you, like your sight, your other senses become exaggerated like your hearing and your sense of feel,” Kevin said.
" It's the same when people lose their sense of humour, their sense of self importance gets exaggerated and they think that theirs is the only opinion that matters.”
Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson has earned his place in Australia's entertainment history with his boundary pushing songs and if you would like to see the legend while he is in Central Queensland, he's provided plenty of opportunities with his Almost Awesome tour.
Wednesday 13th June 2018 | 8pm
Harvey Road Tavern, CLINTON QLD
1 Harvey Road, Clinton QLD
07 4978 7102 | www.harveyroadtavern.com.au
Thursday 14th June 2018 | 8pm
Biloela Anzac Memorial Club, BILOELA QLD
94 Callide Street, Biloela QLD
07 4992 1511 | www.biloelaanzacclub.com.au
Friday 15th June 2018 | 8pm
Emerald Star Hotel, EMERALD QLD
47-51 Clermont Street, Emerald QLD
07 4982 1422 | www.emeraldstarhotel.com.au
Saturday 16th June 2018 | 8pm
Pilbeam Theatre, ROCKHAMPTON QLD
Victoria Parade, Rockhampton QLD
07 4927 4111 | www.seeitlive.com.au
Sunday 17th June 2018 | 7pm
Capella Cultural Centre CAPELLA QLD
89 Peak Downs Street, Capella QLD
07 4984 9300 | www.capellaentertainment.com.au