YouTube sensation and stand-up comedian Alex ‘Shooter’ Williamson has achieved an international following as the ‘Loosest Aussie Bloke’, a portrayal of the reckless bogan stereotype. Williamson discusses his propensity for the word "cunt", his past glories and what to expect from his live shows. Worryingly, we can't tell if he's answering our questions in character or not...
Alex, what inspired your ‘Loosest Aussie Bloke’ character and why do you think he has become so popular?
I think he's popular because he's just one of the lads. He talks like a country lad, behaves like a country lad, and although he does do some horrible crimes, he does it with this little half smile and you can't stay mad at him. 'Loose Aussie' was inspired by some of the more feral yet fun humans I've met in my hometown in South Australia.
How do you find women in the audience respond to your sporadic cunting?
They love it. They've all got them right? So they dig the word. I get some pretty young kids coming up to me saying 'cunt' too, that fills my eyes with tears of pride.
You've just had your Comedy Festival debut. Do you ever see yourself entering the Australian comedy mainstream in film or TV?
Well ideally I'd like to go to America and turn it on over there just like every other cunt in Australia wants to. I want to play some feral Aussie cunt on the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, who smokes cones on the couch and fucks with Larry David's shit (essentially a white Leon). But if the right opportunity came around back home, I'd probably get involved. Coz I bloody love Straya!
Besides your regular YouTube videos you also release tracks as ‘Music Drug Dealer’. Which genre came first?
Comedy came first. I originally started learning piano and guitar when I discovered I couldn't use copyrighted music on my YouTube videos. Now I'm pretty handy on the keys. I'd just smoke a cone and play for hours on end. Mum would say, "What the hell are you playing piano for? Get a job!" I wouldn't respond coz I was too stoned.
You’ve collaborated with a bunch of Aussie hip hop legends on your videos, including Seth Sentry and Eso. How did that come about?
They kinda hit me up on social media. Although Eso got my phone number somehow and called me up, the stalker cunt. I have grand plans to collaborate with these fine gents, as well as many other Aussie hip hop gems in the near future. It's gonna be siiiiick.
Top three acts at the Comedy Festival this year?
Greg Fleet, all quality. Wil Anderson, very funny man. Trevor Noah, sick cunt from South Africa. Check 'em out, people.
You’ve been meeting and interviewing a bunch of famous people on your trips to the USA. Who has been your favourite celebrity encounter?
Interviewing Jen Aniston was interesting. I commented on her tattoo, which turned out to be in memory of her dog that had died during the week. I totes fucked my chances with her. (Nah, I'll get her one day...)