An Interview With

Luke Bolland

Winner of the 2018 WA Comedy Award for Luke Bolland - Name Dropper



How long have you been an artist? Can you tell us a bit about your practice?

I have been performing stand-up comedy for over a decade, I usually perform at least 2 or 3 times a week around Perth and write and work on new material every single week.


Can you tell us a bit about your award-winning show?

My show 'Luke Bolland: Name Dropper' was all about my true life encounters I have had with celebrities and it was the first time telling some of those stories on stage so I was thrilled with the overwhelming positive reaction, I enjoyed performing it so much I am hoping to take it to Sydney and Melbourne over the next year.


How important is it for your work to be seen on a world stage? What have you learnt about presenting work outside of WA?

I have a young family here in Perth so touring can be very difficult, I toured to Sydney a few years back and the response and reviews were all very positive but sadly flights over east aren't as cheap as they once were.


Has there been a particular show that has moved or inspired you?

At this years Fringe World festival I was lucky enough to see quite a few shows and the one that impressed me the most was 'Love/Hate Actually' which was just spectacular and was also nominated for best comedy.


Can you tell us about a time where you have had an amazing show?

Performing this particular show I was totally unsure how it would go, so opening night finishing the show and receiving a huge ovation was just about the best feeling in the world.


Do you have a favourite line in the show you can share with us?

The line I had quoted back to me most frequently from this show probably isn't appropriate to share here.


Aside from FRINGE WORLD, which has been the best Festival you have presented at?

I enjoyed doing the Sydney Fringe Festival, my dream has always been to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and I am hoping that 'Name Dropper' is the right show to take there next year.


What does it mean for you to be making work in WA?

It's a real badge of honour to have people from other states and even other countries come see my show and be impressed with what they see, I think Perth honestly has some of the best talent in the world.


What’s your favourite thing about FRINGE WORLD?

I love how much it brings the city to life, walking through Northbridge during the festival, there is just a buzz in the air people smiling and having fun that you wont see any other time of year.


If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

•  I talk a lot so I would probably be a little hoarse.