Aussie comedy character Elliot Goblet, who has delivered his witty one-liners and anecdotes in a hilarious deadpan for more than 30 years, is the brainchild of veteran comic Jack Levi.
As an aspiring actor, Jack said he was given a frank assessment by a Melbourne drama teacher.
“She said, ‘Jack, you’re never going to make it as an actor because you can’t show facial expressions,’ so I thought if that’s her observation, let me work on it,” Jack explains.
“So I took the deadpan to an extreme.”
And Elliot Goblet was born. The character first appeared on the Australian TV show New Faces in 1981.
Jack cut his teeth on stand-up routines in comedy clubs and then with semi-regular spots on TV programs like The Daryl Somers Show and Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
“I did a lot of stand-up comedy in the days when you could do stand-up comedy,” Jack said.
“You can’t now. Those tonight shows where you could actually get up and sing a song or do a stand-up routine as a professional, not as a performer on a ‘talent show’, they seem to be gone.”
So Jack carved out a different niche for himself and Elliot, bringing the character’s style of humour to the corporate speaking circuit, performing as MC and comic-for-hire for more than 800 corporate events.
But now Elliot is front and centre again on a new comedy compilation, Goblet’s Greatest Bits. It’s Jack’s first release since 2000’s ARIA-nominated comedy album Internally Berserk.
The new compilation brings together a selection of Jack’s greatest one-liners, anecdotes and songs, including a cover of the Easybeats’ classic “Friday on My Mind” and his hilarious original song “You Get Me So Excited.”
Goblet’s Greatest Bits is out now.