Getting a kick out of being Andy

ANDREW Saunders was hand-picked to appear on SBS 2's new 10-part comedy series Stand up @ Bella Union which turns up the mic on the talents of a diverse crop of Aussie comedians.

The episode featuring the Wallabi Point local was filmed late last year at the iconic venue in Melbourne and is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, April 6 at 9pm on SBS 2.

He one of 35 comedians including host of Triple J Breakfast Matt Okine, Nazeem Hussain (Legally Brown), Dan Ilic (Can of Worms, Hungry Beast), winner of the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival best newcomer award Ronny Chieng, 22-year-old comedy wonder kid Joel Creasy, Melbourne International Comedy Festival favourite Geraldine Hickey, hilarious indigenous comedian Kevin Kropinyeri and Australian-Egyptian 2011 Raw Comedy finalist Khaled Khalafalla to be featured.

Once their comedy routine is complete, The Chaser's Chas Licciardello is ready backstage to probe, prod and grill this fresh batch of comedians to explore their distinctive voices and uncover their personal and unique stories behind the laughs.

All of the comedians featured have a distinctive voice and are pushing the boundaries of conventional comedy by hilariously and provocatively discussing issues of race, social inclusion and politics.

Andy is well known for his character work, particularly his Frank Jackson persona, but decided to play it straight this time.

"It's fresh, classic stand-up Andy Saunders. I love it.

"I get more of a kick by being myself on stage."

Andy said the experience was really exciting.

"It's a huge showcase of stand-up comedian talent from across the country.

"There was a bunch of really well known comedians and then Chas from the Chaser is there."

As for his routine, Andy prefers jokes that are growers and aims to give a satirical look at social issues that surround Aboriginal people, in particular negative stereotypes.

When the episode goes to air, Andy will be in Melbourne for the International Comedy Festival, where he appears as part of the Deadly Funny National Showcase.

This gig features a number of well known indigenous comedians as well as some who are up-and-coming in the industry.

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