Bucket list of big laughs

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Gran in a Van will perform in Bunbury as part of the Fringe Festival.
Camera IconGran in a Van will perform in Bunbury as part of the Fringe Festival.

Getting older does not have to mean you slow down.

Nor does it mean you have to start having less fun.

Grandmother of four Leonie Clarke has not been to Bunbury for more than 25 years, but on February 8 the self proclaimed “fun-sized bag of wrinkles and giggles” will take to the stage of the Rose Hotel for one night only with her original stand-up routine, Gran in a Van.

Diagnosed with an incurable brain disorder close to five years ago, Clarke decided to cross stand up comedy off her bucket list and took to the stage.

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“Stand up comedy has always been on my bucket list and so I though I’d give it a go,” she said.

“I never thought I’d get up on stage, but I really enjoyed it and everybody else seemed to enjoy it so I decided to write my own show.”

Gran in a Van will tell the tale of Clarke’s time spent living in a campervan, with hilarious anecdotes about run-ins with the portable toilet, confrontations with snakes and her irrational fear of the dark, just to name a few.

“Everything was backwards in the campervan, we drove for 5000km with the heater on – because maximum was on the left, minimum on the right – in summer!” she said.

Clarke said the point was to make the audience forget their worries and laugh, with it never being too old to give new things ago.

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