YOU'LL be doing funny man Akmal (right) a huge favour if you see him perform at Rooty Hill RSL next month.
"You would be helping me pay off the mortgage" he told the Star from his Byron Bay home.
"The one thing I can say is I'll definitely show up. I like to keep it fairly loose so the show stays fresh. No two shows are ever the same. It's like a blind date — you don't know who the audience is and sometimes you've got to work hard to keep the conversation going. You don't stick to a script as an actor does."
Akmal jumps at every chance to go on tour.
"It gets me out of the house," he said.
"I've been everywhere in Australia two or three times. I call the show Akmal so people aren't confused, that way you know they are there to see you. I had a guy walk out after 30 seconds because he thought he was there to see Carl Barron."
"I grew up in Punchbowl, which is a similar place, so I feel I'm at home in these places," he said.
"I know the people and it's a lot easier than audiences at the festival comedy shows, who are a different crowd. It's places such as Panthers and St Marys where I started out and learned my craft, so I feel I relate to those people better."
What advice does he have for aspiring comedians?
"It's hard to give advice as everyone has a different style," Akmal said.
"Just go out there and do it. The audience will tell you what's funny and what's not. Use them as a sounding board and you'll get more confident and pick up ideas."
Akmal performed at Penrith Panthers last week and looks forward to coming to Rooty Hill on November 9.
Tickets are $39.
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Details: 9625 5500 or visit rootyhillrsl.com.au.