Some comics look to other people’s lives or trade on the gaffes of public figures. Sydney comedian Jody Ekert finds all the inspiration she needs much closer to home.

The basis of everything I do in my comedy is true, she tells Sydney Star Observer.

People walk up to me afterwards and say, -˜Was that for real? Is that really your childhood?’

Ekert will unleash stories from her decidedly unconventional youth in White Trash Lesbian, part of a Mardi Gras comedy double bill with Kitty Minge’s Good Time Girl In A Big, Bad World, whose protagonist is a vegan omnisexual trollop.

Ekert, pictured, grew up in caravan parks in regional Queensland and Brisbane -“ an experience that was rich with comic offerings.

I lived in strange places like a three-walled shed in a national park, in a garage, all sorts of crazy, trashy places, she says.

I didn’t live in a house until I was about 15.

The 28-year-old, who moved to Sydney about five years ago, will talk about her past life as a chubby sort of nerd girl in a show she says would make trash television king Jerry Springer proud.

More philosophical moments come when Ekert remembers growing up gay in country Queensland.

I try to make the stories a little bit empowering and give people a sense that you can make the best of everything.

There is a little bit of philosophy in there about no matter how you grow up or what your life is like, you can make the best of it and it all turns out well in the end.

White Trash Lesbian and Good Time Girl In A Big, Bad World are on 17 to 19 February at 8pm at Paddington RSL. Book on 9209 4614 or at the Moshtix website.

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