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Philip Patston's identity crisis

Sat 8 May 2004 In: New Zealand Daily News

Despite being the unique cocktail that he is – namely a gay, disabled, vegetarian comic – Philip Patston, performing in Adelaide this week, says he still gets mistaken for disabled Australian comic Steady Eddie wherever he goes. "I'd like to make it clear that I'm not Steady Eddie," he told Australian newspaper The Advertiser. “I felt at some times that he would get too much into taking the piss out of disabled people...I try to turn it round and look at non-disabled society and see the humour from my perspective.” 36-year-old Patston, who is directing a show called Giant Leap as part of the Auckland arts festival next year, also joked about being awarded Queer of the Year while appearing on TV soap Shortland Street as a heterosexual. "It was a bit of an identity crisis,” he says.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Saturday, 8th May 2004 - 12:00pm

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