Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014
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20 SUNDAY LIFE SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 COMEDIAN Jimbo Bazoobi has said his gig in Darwin was the most successful he has performed in 10 years on the road. And judging by the social media response to his visit to the Territory with his mate, Gary the Goat, he seems to have found his perfect audience away from the seriousness of Down South. He played sellout shows at the University Pirates clubhouse in Brinkin last week. We spoke to Jimbo whose real name is James Dezarnaulds on the banks of the Adelaide River. If you need an introduction, he has almost 800,000 follow ers on Facebook, where he posts short, funny daily videos. GOATING AROUND JIMBO came to worldwide fame in 2013, when he and Gary beat a civil court case where Gary was accused of eating vegetation on Sydneys Circular Quay in 2012. Asked if he thought he was a funny comedian, he said: Its not really up to me to answer that. Its like asking: Do you think Im a good root? Some jokes, some people love it and some hate it. Thats why I like the country, you can get away with stuff. Ive got a rough skeleton of what I want to do. But pretty well I like the interaction. I just do some dirty joke and get Gary on and then tell people to get naked and then a tit and a cock come out and then Ive done my job. He bought Gary for a carton of Emu Bitter in Gingin, Western Australia, about three years ago. Gary is my ideal travelling partner. He doesnt complain, he sleeps anywhere, he gets me in the right amount of trouble, he said. They drive around and sleep in their white Toyota Dyna painters van, powered by used vegetable oil, which he begs from the pubs and roadhouses he visits. He filters it through $1 tote shopping bags the green ones you get in large supermarkets. Ive done three laps of Australia for free, he said. You get accommodation for free. You can do it if you want. You dont have to rely on the dole or anything. They bought the van six months ago for $3000 after it was left idle in a yard when its owner died. The painter had planned to tour Australia, but some machinery fell on him and he died. Jimbo feels like hes living the dream the painter never could. CHANGING TACK JIMBO, 44, grew up in Drummoyne, NSW. He did a oneyear advertising degree at the University of NSW. I got into an agency and was looking out the window one day and said to myself: Have I got another 20 years of this? he said. I had done clowning through uni and did kids parties and stand-up comedy but all the money is really in corporate stuff. I was just doing suburban pubs and stuff, where youve got to be a bit edgy. I went to London once and had a crack, but didnt have any money and was sleeping rough at Queensgate for a few months. I went on an outback tour and that was unreal. I just loved the life of a nomad going around Australia. The latest surge of Gary the Goat fans on Facebook has thrust the unlikely Jimbo into unprecedented fame. I was selling these I f***ed a goat T-shirts, and thats not very commercial, he said. I was wondering: Is this what I want to do? Then I got Gary and hes taken on a life of his own. A FREE SPIRIT THE comedian said he loves his vagabond lifestyle. I love scrambling around: you sleep out, get a bit of food and water into you and then you can get to the next town. Its just to make people laugh, he said. Ive always been on the cusp of thinking, This is going to happen. But every third show, three people would turn up and Id just have a beer with the guys there. Its generosity that keeps the pair going. Jeni James gave them $1000 for the first cuddle in Darwin. It wasnt a publicity ploy, as the NT News struggled to be allowed to use the company or Jenis names. That grand was amazing and she was genuine. She said: You need a bit to keep going, Jimbo said. Asked what his parents think about his gallivanting lifestyle with a goat, he said: Theyre a bit confused by it. They dont get on board with it. Its a risky, dodgy game Im in. But if youre independent, no one can stop you doing it. My mum comes to the shows. Ive asked them what they think, and Dad said: Well, everyone does different stuff. They think: My son would never be the person travelling A goat with almost 800,000 Facebook fans? We must be kidding, right? We spent a day with Gary the Goat and his owner to see what all the fuss is about By CONOR BYRNE MAD ABOUT THE GOAT Pictures: AARON BURTON
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