Luke Morris

Love, Sweat and Science After a lifetime of writing jokes, emerging comedian

“­ e show is funny and fun, with a few facts,” that’s Morris describing Love, Sweat and Science,

his second foray at a headline comedy festival after last year’s raved about performance, ­ e Wine Science Show.

Morris reveals that an explanatory subtitle has been removed.

“Love, Sweat and Science: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Hate Bowerbirds is the full title but

the festival seems to be going with the shorter version,” says Morris in a matter-of-fact tone.

“I talk about bowerbirds because there is a part in the show where I compare people

Tom Cruise and Kanye West and I was comparing them to something that seems nice but when you think about it there is a lot not to like about them,”

Morris joyfully contends. Returning to the ‑ rst part of the shows heading, particularly perspiration,

Morris asks the question ‘Can you stop sweating?’

“I have a disorder called ‘hyperhidrosis’ which translates to that I sweat excessively.

It wasn’t part of last year’s show, but during each performance I would end up talking about it because there was sweat dribbling o my ‑ ngers on stage.

“Every so often after I explained this condition someone in the audience would nod knowingly. From this I realised it was quite common and we all just live with it.

So for this show I thought I would talk about the various ways I minimise sweat in my life,” he laughs. ­

e Wine Science Show was touted by some reviewers as a surprise hit of last year’s festival.

Funnily enough, the positive reception especially surprised Morris, for he never really saw himself as the guy delivering the jokes, more as the one writing them.

Morris reveals that he was bullied a lot at school and writing comedy was a way of dealing with the teasing,

but it wasn’t until three years ago that he got on stage to do stand-up and share the jokes he had been writing.

“I was pretty lonely and unemployed and remote, I guess I was more fed up than anything.

I got on stage because, what else could go wrong? ­ ankfully it went very well.

” Morris now reveals that the comedy community in his hometown of Bendigo played a big part in him getting on stage.

“As I said, I was writing a lot that I would send to newspapers and stu with them occasionally getting published.

I contacted some comedians to do writing for and they responded with ‘we don’t really need you to write for us, but you can get on stage if you want?’

So then I started turning up to open mic nights where I live in Bendigo and people started to laugh.”

“I guess I was more fed up than anything. I got on stage because, what else could go wrong? Thankfully it went very well.”

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