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Aussie comedian Wil Anderson launches remote countryside tour

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Wil Anderson has revealed that he is looking forward to starting his Australian Man vs Wil tour.

The 37-year-old comedian, who is best known as the host of ABC show The Gruen Transfer, said that he will continue to perform at any venue as long as there is "a stage" for him to stand on.

When asked why he was heading out into remote parts of Australia such as Sale and Rockhampton as part of his tour, Anderson told the Herald Sun: "Why? Because this is the best part of the deal.

"I've spent most of the year working on this show, so now I know exactly what works and it's kind of relaxed and I get to enjoy it more. As long as people are prepared to provide me with a stage, then I think I should make the most of that."

Anderson admitted that the vibe at a country show is completely different to a city venue, saying: "When I perform, say, in Sydney, people will catch the show after work or maybe head off for a meal afterwards.

"But in the country, you know you are their night out, they've based their entire night around you, so yeah - it's a different expectation."

Anderson also revealed that "life on the road" is an "evolution", saying: "When you start out as a struggling comedian, you look forward so much to going on the road because it means that you get to live in accommodation that is so much better than your normal digs.

"Then, as you get older and more successful, there comes a time when you cross over and the reverse happens. I still come across the odd room where the TV remote is chained to the side of the bed."

Last year, Anderson caused controversy with some of his comments on Twitter. First, he made derogatory comments about Matt Preston, John Mayer and Gabriella Cilmi during the Logie Awards broadcast, then he accused politician Tony Abbott of being a "liar".

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