WITH his status in Australian comedy secured, you could forgive Paul Hogan if he decided to rest on his laurels.
But the laid back 74-year-old has endured such an interesting life that he decided to hit the road and share it with an adoring public.
Hogan is mid way through a 40-day tour taking in 25 regional cities and towns in Australia with Bundaberg the next stop.
"It's been great and I'm so happy I did it," he told the NewsMail.
After the huge success of last year's capital city tour - An Evening with Hoges - the comedian was inundated with requests to bring a show to regional areas.
"I did it in the city last November and the people who organised the tour got thousands of emails asking me to come out to where the real people are," he said, laughing.
"The city reception was good but the country reception has been better.
"It's a beautiful part of the world."
In a two-hour show called Hoges: One Night Only, Hogan shares stories of his time in entertainment with the show acting as a verbal biography.
For a generation of Australians, the carefree comic dominated the Australian comedy landscape with his hit TV show The Paul Hogan Show running from 1973 to 1984 before becoming a global star with the smash-hit film Crocodile Dundee in 1986.
"I was trying to make a funny little Aussie movie but I had no idea it would be a huge success across the world," he said.
Following the success of Crocodile Dundee and its sequel, Hogan was offered many parts and at one stage there was talk of teaming him up with another 80s film character, Axel Foley, in a bizarre Beverly Hills Cop, Crocodile Dundee crossover.
"Yes I remember that but it was so bad it never went anywhere," he said.
"I got offered every script that had the word Australian in it even if it was an old nun."
Hogan said he never felt burdened or typecast by the role.
"I think if I'd been a 25-year-old actor and typecast as Crocodile Dundee I may have felt differently," he said.
"But I never thought of myself as an actor. I was a comedy writer. I was 46 and became Crocodile Dundee and I'm very happy with that."
Hogan admits he has caught the stand-up bug and has been approached to bring the show to the UK.
Hoges: One Night Only
Where: Moncrieff Theatre
When: Tomorrow at 7.30pm
Tickets: Phone 4153 4100
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