Rather than being crushed by his acting teacher's feedback that he didn’t have enough facial expression to make it as a performer, Jack Levi used the criticism to develop his internationally successful comic persona, the incredibly straight-faced Elliot Goblet.
‘I was trying to find some way of turning that lemon into lemonade and, with a bit of trial and error, I got it.'
'The more deadpan I presented on stage, the funnier I appeared to be in front of audiences.'
‘Elliot’ has gone on to perform more than 60 spots on national television, he has been the voice of Qantas’s audio comedy channel, he’s supported the Grammy-winning rock group America on their Australian tour in 2004, and his corporate and wedding entertainment gigs have taken him overseas.
Jack is a self-described late bloomer; not taking to the stage for a laugh until he was 31.
He spent six years living a ‘Jekyll and Hyde existence’ — working at Telecom during the day and performing comedy at night. ‘Then my comedy career started taking off and I was earning more from my hobby than my job. That's when mum and dad realised that I had something serious here and they understood me leaving the day job and pursuing my passion,’ Jack says.
Jack’s mum, 96-year-old Marcelle has been a great supporter of his career and has her own comedy chops; threatening to steal the show when roped in to present awards at his Crimson Goat Cabaret Club. Her speech at Jack’s 60th ensured she was ‘the star of the night in terms of the funny stuff’.
Jack’s Facebook post on Marcelle’s secrets to ‘happy longevity’ has also become a social media hit, with followers lapping up her fabulous tips, including, ‘Laugh a lot. It's like internal jogging’.