Comedian Wil Anderson will be back to the scene of the crime this weekend, when he will recount the time he was arrested at Wagga Airport for "disruptive behaviour".
The famous funnyman will be performing at the Wagga Civic this Saturday and Sunday for the first time since his 2017 arrest, which has since become stand-up material for his 70-minute show Wilegal.
During his infamous flight to Wagga Mr Anderson was staggering up and down the cabin due to osteoporosis causing a chronically sore back, prompting an alarmed staff member to call the police.
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Upon touchdown he was handcuffed, arrested, and bundled into the back of a paddy wagon before eventually being released without charge.
Several of those police officers then showed up to his 2018 gig in Canberra, where he recounted the tale in front of an amused audience.
He had initially planned to return to Wagga in 2020 to tell his tale, but his comedy tour was thrown completely off course by the untimely arrival of coronavirus.
"They say the secret of comedy is timing. I quit a fairly lucrative and reliable breakfast radio job for what I imagined was a year of touring my live-standup all over Australia and the world," Mr Anderson said.
"Comedy was suddenly a genuinely dangerous thing for people to be going to. It's generally in small, badly ventilated rooms, and the aim of my job is to get people to expel fluids from their mouth as consistently as possible for the 70-80 minutes I'm on stage."
He said he was now "completely broke" from his year of no gigs, and was looking forward to hitting the comedy circuit once more.
Mr Anderson said he did have some "nerves" at the prospect of getting aboard a plane and flying to Wagga, given what happened last time.
He said his back was thankfully a lot better than last time due to some lockdown-related R&R, and that he should be in fighting form for the weekend ahead.
"Having a year at home has done wonders for my health, but obviously now that I'm completely broke from a year of not working I have to get back out on the road and do it all again," Mr Anderson said.
"I am looking forward to it. The most interesting thing about coming to see it in Wagga Wagga is that I know there are plenty of people connected to this story."
Tickets can be bought at the Wagga Civic Theatre box office, which will be accepting Discover NSW vouchers.
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