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Paul Fenech is taking his TV series Fat Pizza on the road for a series of live shows.
Paul Fenech is taking his TV series Fat Pizza on the road for a series of live shows.

PUT on your running thongs or climb into your uggies: the gang from Sunnyvale is coming to the Sunshine Coast.

Franky and his motley collection of bogan mates are leaving the comfort of Sunnyvale and coming to Queensland with a new show, Fat Pizza and Housos.

"We are bringing a mix of stand-up comedy with the stars from Fat Pizza," Paul Fenech, the creator, writer and star of the cult comedy series and movies, said.

"It's a unique show.

"There will be no line between us and the audience.

"We are part of the audience and that's why we have lasted so long.

"We are not faking it."

Fat Pizza and Housos garnered a cult following for their portrayal of Australian suburban life through the eyes of the housing commission residents of Sunnyvale, making us laugh and cringe at the same time.

The cult following included actors, athletes, presenters, celebrities and public figures who lined up for cameo appearances alongside the regular characters of Franky, Dazza, Shazza, Vanessa, Beryl, Kev the Kiwi and Gary Who.

"Some of those actors and celebrities were delighted to come on board as we had a reputation for being a bit alternative," Paul said.

"They were all big stars in the '70s and '80s.

"A lot of them came to have fun. They had a sense of humour.

"Angry Anderson was great fun and Bernard King, sadly passed away now, was one of the funniest of them all - on and off camera.

"I like being around interesting people."

Although Fat Pizza and Housos characters shock with their drug use, violence, sex and political incorrectness, Fenech somehow makes it seem okay to belly laugh at the black humour.

It is his keen eye for observation that has enabled him to create such a ragtag of characters.

"I sit back quietly in the corner and watch everything," Fenech said.

"I check everything out.

"There is a lot more humour in life than on television."

While he won't reveal any future plans for TV or movies, Fenech did say he was "working on stuff".

"I have a couple of ideas about local councils," he said.

"I am just enjoying doing the live shows.

"I have spent nearly 20 years making movies.

"Now touring is such a relief and it's so relaxing to meet the people and get a sense of what they are into."

THE Fat Pizza and Housos Comedy Tour plays Currimundi Hotel on February 10.

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