Comedian Pat McCaffrie on the many changing prime ministers: 'It feels like everyone will get a go'

POLITICS, NOT POLAR BEARS: Political comedian Pat McCaffrie will perform in Bega as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow on May 18.
POLITICS, NOT POLAR BEARS: Political comedian Pat McCaffrie will perform in Bega as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow on May 18.

The conveyor belt of prime ministers Australia has gone through recently - six since 2010 - has exasperated political comedian Pat McCaffrie.

"It does feel like everyone will get a go at this point," he said.

"But honestly, it's really depressing.

"It's just changing the face in charge, it's not changing the problem in the first place."

These days the 28-year-old focuses exclusively on political comedy, evident by his solo show Politics and Polar Bears (There Will Be No Polar Bears) which he took to the Adelaide Fringe.

The former host of Channel 31's The Leak and writer for Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell is joining other comedians to travel into regional Australia with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, which comes to Bega this weekend.

But back to politics. While McCaffrie said the federal election had been a "dispiriting campaign" in general, there were a few interesting parts.

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"For instance, the sideshow with Clive Palmer having his face on every available space, and it will be interesting to see if that works," he said.

"But the other thing is what will Scott Morrison do after the election?

"If he loses the election, he has already peaked as a human being. You're never going to get better than prime minister of a country!

"So what do you do, do you stick around and do something helpful or do you start running a fish and chip shop?"

While he did not always write political comedy, he took inspiration from a hated phrase repeated by a high school English teacher - "write about what you know" - although these days he does see the point of the advice.

Speaking from his partner's parents' "very fancy" house in Melbourne, he said it was also that politics could be easy to write about as there was always something happening for inspiration.

"I just sit at home with news sites, hitting the refresh button, waiting for a politician to say something stupid and there's my hour of work," McCaffrie said.

After growing up in Adelaide he studied law, before discussing with a friend how neither of them actually wanted to become lawyers and instead decided to pursue his talent in comedy instead.

While he enjoyed his time on The Leak despite the hard work - "the pay's not great for community TV, funnily enough" - he left his hosting role to focus on writing for Mad As Hell, which he described as a "dream job".

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow will come to the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre in Bega on Saturday, May 18 with doors opening at 7.30pm.

It will feature emcee Dave Callan with comedians Pat McCaffrie, Danielle Walker, John Hastings and Rahul Subramanian.

The roadshow's performances often contains coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. Tickets $42, click here to book.

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