Armed with an off-beat and slightly dark sense of humour, he proves you can’t keep a young comedian tied to the classroom.
This 16-year-old Shenton College student will represent WA in the annual Class Clown Competition, and travel to perform during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this April.
Hundreds of secondary students enter every year, discovering and refining their skills in writing and performing comedy. Alistair says his inspiration in comedy comes from the simple love of making people laugh.
“The competition just confirmed my suspicions that I am the funniest teenager. It’s great to finally have documentation,” he said.
Winning the state final at the Blue Room Theatre in Northbridge, Alistair says he thoroughly enjoyed his first professional comedy gig.
“With writing you just need to know your audience – it’s the same in comedy as it is for school.”
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has a strong reputation for discovering raw young talent, and Alistair is aiming for great heights in his career.
“Of course I’d like to go to university, but I’d love to have a career where I can write and perform comedy for audiences.”
More good news came for the Baldwin family this month when it was announced Alistair had won the Roy Grace English Scholarship for 2012. The award recognises excellence in English by public school students in WA.
With his $4000 scholarship Alistair would like to take an academic adventure across the UK, in hopes of “widening his understanding” of European literature.
The Class Clown finals are held April 20 at the Melbourne Town Hall, hosted by Channel Ten personality Josh Thomas. Up for grabs is $1000 prize money for the winning comedian, along with another $1000 awarded to their school.
For more information about the competition, and how students can get involved, visit Class Clowns online.
PHOTO: Alistair Baldwin, courtesy of the Sunday Times