Akmal is returning to Rockhampton on his new comedy tour.
Akmal is returning to Rockhampton on his new comedy tour.

Akmal "sucks'' up to Rocky

AKMAL Saleh is returning to Rockhampton this month with one request for the city – “Please don't beat me up”.

The Australian-Egyptian comedian rubbed residents the wrong way when he appeared on Channel 10 television show Good News Week in 2009 and pronounced his hatred for the city.

“Bloody Rockhampton, I hate it,” he told presenter Paul McDermott and 900,000 viewers.

“We should remove Rockhampton from Australia and put it in Afghanistan.”

Akmal later told The Morning Bulletin he had been “carrying around the anger” after being punched in the face by a mother who accused him of being a pedophile at the Rockhampton Showgrounds earlier in the year.

After Akmal's gig at the Pilbeam Theatre, fellow comedian Joel Ozborn and another friend were filming Akmal dressed as an Arab sheik at the Rockhampton Show.

“Joel said go get on the plane (ride) and pretend you're an Arab terrorist,” the controversial comedian explained.

His actions upset a nearby mother. The woman later contacted The Morning Bulletin and said Akmal and his friends “left her worried”.

“They were simply filming children on the aeroplane,” the woman said.

This time around he's promised to give the proceeds of his Rocky gig to flood victims.

“All the money will go to flood relief, so basically I'm sucking up,” Akmal joked.

He said all the money raised during his Toowoomba and Sydney shows would also go to Queensland flood victims.

But Akmal has no fears of his Rocky audience, saying they are “sophisticated”.

“The people who are buying tickets to see me have brains,” he said.

“But the yobbos and the bogans aren't into me. They think ‘He's a bit of a darkie'.”

Akmal admitted his infamous past adventures had provided good material for his stand-up shows.

“This time I might just loiter around the neighbourhood.”

AKMAL’S SHOW

What: The Life of Akmal

When: Wednesday, February 16

Time: 8pm

Where: Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

Cost: Adults $39.90, concessions $34.90

Tickets: www.pilbeamtheatre.com.au



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