Bawdy joke bloke

2010-08-21 00:00

OUTRAGEOUS comedy legend Kevin Bloody Wilson arrives for his third South African tour next week. A cult star in South Africa for more than 25 years, Wilson earned his following in the gloomy eighties.

His earthy lyrics and unashamedly blokey songs might have been banned by straightlaced South African broadcast censors, but that didn’t stop them spreading like wildfire on countless illegally copied cassettes.

Thanks to this Aussie original’s irrepressibly cheeky songs, a generation grew up knowing how to berate Santa Claus for delivering substandard Christmas presents, or how to ask a girl the important questions, such as if her dad owns a brewery and if she’s ... er, fun on first dates ... needless to say, those aren’t the words he uses.

RYAN CALDER caught up with the Australian singer ahead of the action­.


What’s been happening in the life of KBW over the past two years?

As well as worldwide touring commitments for seven months of each year, I’ve also written a book Dilligaf — The Life and Rhymes of Kevin Bloody Wilson (to be released on November­ 17).

I’ve written a new album for the South African­ Tour, I’ve been listed in Who’s Who, and I’ve received a nomination for Australian of the Year 2010. Apart from that, bugger all really.


How much water has passed under the bridge since your career took off in the eighties? Have you mellowed?

Back in the eighties I was first released on cassette, then vinyl, then CD and now digitally on iTunes. While the formats have changed, I don’t believe I have. I’m still writing songs for and about my mates.


What things stood out about South Africa during your last tour?

At that stage you were getting yourself ready for the World Cup, and you nailed it. Well done South Africa. (Not so well done, Socceroos.)


On your last tour in 2008, your daughter was the opening act for the show. How is her career going and can South African audiences expect a repeat?

Jenny Talia From Australia has since released a new album and she is always a welcome addition on the tour. She’s my retirement fund.


What are the things that are important to you and that you care about the most?

I consider myself to be the luckiest bloke in the world, because I travel the world, with my very best friend in the world, my wife Betty.

I have always considered writing and performing bawdy ballads as a hobby rather than a job. I’m a pretty contented bloke.



August 23: Johannesburg, Parker’s Comedy and Jive, Montecasino

August 25: Durban, Playhouse Opera

August 26: Cape Town, Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino

August 27 and 28: Johannesburg, Big Top, Carnival City Casino

August 29: East London, Numbers Dance Club

August 31: Port Elizabeth, Opera House

September 1: Nelspruit, Emnotweni Casino

September 3: Pietermaritzburg, Royal Showgrounds

Tickets are available from Computicket, priced between R149 and R289, depending on seating areas and venues.

Quick Q&A


Full names: Kevin Bloody Wilson

Age: 49 + tax

Hometown: Perth, Western Australia

Last movie you watched: Debbie Does Dallas — parts one, two and three!

Hobbies (besides music): Ditto.

Favourite car: My trusty, rusty ute.

Actual car: My trusty, rusty, ute.

Bad habits: Lying to journalists.

One thing that you are sure of in this life: it’s not a dress rehearsal.

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