The 8.30 show was sold out so I attended the earlier 6.30 performance by Joe White

His name is in itself, a comedic device, being derived from a school nick name. White’s background is a fascinating story. He departed Ethiopia with his family as a refugee and arrived in Western Australia at the age of 11 via several other countries. His birth name is Tilachun Hailu. His first show was entitled Ethiopian & Not Hungry this follow-up performance was called Ethiopian & Still Not Hungry

White’s ingenious charm held the audience spellbound for a set lasting just over an hour. In what would have to be the worst luck in the arts calendar, his show coincided with the first football Grand Final ever to be held in Perth. Nevertheless, he held us in the palm of his hand with smiling demeanour and a wonderful sense of self deprecating humour. 

It must be noted that he was, without doubt, the most elegantly clad figure in the room. Black trousers and shirt plus a glamorous golden brocade jacket. His repertoire perfectly suited the smaller audience (100 or so) and he drew spirited responses from audience members as he questioned couples about how long they had been together and how they met. “Tinder” and “shopping” being hilariously combined. Cleverly handled!

A chance meeting outside a radio studio lead to an hilarious depiction of our Premier Mark McGowan and his fidgety mannerisms during  a bland conversational exchange. 

Since his arrival in Australia White has been the recipient of multiple awards, most being for his shows in Comedy Festivals around the county. He has also made successful forays into Canada and the USA. His introduction of family members for various misunderstandings due to lack of English was well exploited. He is one of 6 offspring who arrived here with only his mother who raised them all in extremely dire circumstances, for some years living on the streets of Sudan.

His story of compulsory 2 week COVID isolation in a 4 star hotel was a very amusing take on the general public’s view of “hardship”. We also enjoyed stories about his mother’s pride in his former career in the world of banking. Family stories abounded and were skilfully woven into White’s views on interracial marriage (positive), a wig wearing sister and leading a skydiving group.

He is a witty, personable storyteller with a fluid repertoire of clever physical moves to illustrate his anecdotes. He has promised to return for 2021 Perth Comedy Festival, COVID restrictions allowing. I would not like to miss his impeccable comedy schtick. 

Keep an eye out online for return details at joewhitecomedian.com

Event details

DP Entertainment presents
Ethiopian & Still Not Hungry
Joe White

Venue: Dolphin Theatre | 35 Stirling Hwy Crawley Western Australia
Dates: 25 September 2021
Visit: joewhitecomedian.com

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White’s ingenuous charm held the audience spellbound for a set lasting just over an hour.


The capacity audience at Downstairs at the Maj certainly got their money’s worth on Thursday night.