First published on 14 Mar 2012. Updated on 27 Apr 2012.
Our favourite Canadian ukulele-plucker is back in the land where she is loved, laughed at and lauded: we here at Time Out dubbed her the Comedy Festival’s “Best Newcomer” back in 2008. She’s been a Sydney stage regular ever since – and a regular on shows like Good News Week – and is back with a celebration of western cushy-ness in her latest piece, Livin’ the Sweet Life. Expect some more tunes, free lollies, and for Smith to still look a touch like Master Potter. Andrew P Street spoke to the Montreal funny girl about…
One minute I’m like, “This is great”, the next I’m like, “This is garbage, this needs so much work”. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. But it’s good for me to think of myself as a perfectionist rather than thinking that nothing I ever do is good enough. It’s liberating.
…what constitutes ‘the sweet life’ for DeAnne Smith
My show’s called Livin’ the Sweet Life and, strangely enough, girls factor heavily in the show. Which in my mind is a big part of living the sweet life. A few months ago I went to hook up with a girl, and let’s just say that instead of hooking up we ended up in the ER at nine in the morning. That story’s in there: girl meets girl, knife gets introduced, girl ends up in the ER.
…her show's unexpectedly dark turns
Maybe the show is unexpectedly dark. I tell a story about almost dying in Cairns. But I guess that’s par for the course. It is Australia. It is Cairns. Who’s going to go there and not almost die?
…spending ten days in a silent meditation retreat
I got a new perspective because after I meditated for ten hours a day for ten days in a row, I was like, “Oh my god, everything that’s not meditating is awesome!” I was walking around saying, “How good is walking! How good is chewing food!”
…special treatment for one lucky audience member
One audience member will be getting special ‘Sweet Life’ treatment for the entire show, DeAnne Smith Diamond Class. It takes the pressure off me a bit. I care what the whole audience thinks but I care a little bit more what that one person thinks. I don’t have to try so hard to please everyone, I just try really hard with them. It’s comedy, one person at a time.