HIT: Self confessed 'artisanal humorist', Mark Swivel.
HIT: Self confessed 'artisanal humorist', Mark Swivel.

Mark Swivel's dad jokes are actually quite funny

DAD Joke is Mark Swivel's latest comedy show.

The witty and sharp-tongued Byron Shire resident does not consider himself a comedian but an 'artisanal humorist.'

After performing in Sydney, Swivel said the show has changed from its initial test runs in the Northern Rivers late last year.

"I really am more like a storyteller, that's why I call myself an artisanal humorist," he said.

"There are different kinds of comedy, and currently the trend is for classic stand up in an American format, with a laugh-rate that is also like a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) that you need to meet for a comedy show to be successful.

"But comedy is a super broad church and I just took a decision to be me the show ended up being more like (American author) David Sedaris or people you don't really associate directly with humour."

Mr Swivel said that Dad Joke was born from his struggle to write a speech for his son's 21st birthday.

"Under a lot of comedy there is often anger and pain, and that's where the comedy comes from," he said.

"My son lives in the UK and we haven't; been under the same roof for a long time.

"A lot of the comedy comes from the anguish of being a long distant dad.

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