Comedian Shaun Micallef reveals the “humiliating” incident that led to his stopping alcohol
Comedian Shaun Micallef has been making audiences laugh for over three decades at shows like Talkin ” Bout Your Generation and Full Frontal.
But in his new ABC documentary series, On the saucehe looks seriously at Australia’s relationship with alcohol.
The 57-year-old funny man told it TV Week he drank his first drink on his 18th birthday and continued to drink in college and throughout his early career as an insurance lawyer.
Ashamed: Comedian Shaun Micallef has revealed the “humiliating” incident that inspired him to give up alcohol. Shown at the Logie Awards on the Gold Coast on July 1, 2018
But he became a teetotaler in 1986 after his fiancé and her mother passed out, leaving him “humiliated.”
The Mad as Hell host said, “I should have met my fiancé, but I didn’t show up – because I was unconscious.”
He said another reason he decided to quit drinking alcohol was because he didn’t like the taste or how he was feeling.
Bad habit: The 57-year-old funny man told TV Week that he drank his first drink on his 18th birthday and continued to drink in college and throughout his early career as an insurance lawyer. Shown on the Micallef program
Shameful: He became a teetotaler in 1986 after his fiancé and her mother found him passed out, making him feel ‘humiliated’
However, the father of three has not told his teenage sons of legal drinking age to abstain from alcohol, as that would be unrealistic advice.
In his three-part ABC series, Shaun explores why Australians choose to drink and the social impact of alcohol consumption.
“The last thing I want to do is wag a finger because I don’t have the authority to judge,” he said.
But he still hopes that Aussies will see the show and learn from the people he interviews.
Parents: Shaun married wife Leandra in 1988 and they share three sons, Joseph, 20, Gabriel, 19, and Elias, 16. Portrayed together at the Logie Awards in Melbourne, May 2, 2010
Shaun married wife Leandra in 1988 and they share three sons, Joseph, 20, Gabriel, 19, and Elias, 16.
His confession comes after fellow comedian Ed Kavalee revealed that Shaun went out of his way to cause chaos on the improvisation show Thank God You’re Here.
‘[Shaun] would pick things up, he would turn over pieces of the set and he would try to open doors on the set that weren’t meant to open, ”said Ed News.com.au last month.
On The Sauce by Shaun Micallef will premiere on ABC on Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Documentary: Shaun Micallef’s On The Sauce premieres on ABC on Tuesday at 8:30 PM