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US Rottofest visitor fancies our sharks
Anthony Jeselnik. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian.

US comedian Anthony Jeselnik is renowned for his taboo subject matter and this was borne out on his debut visit to Australian shores.

Known for his time as a writer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performing on Comedy Central Roasts, the 33-year-old touched down in Perth on Friday to be the first ever international guest for Rottofest, which took place over the weekend.

Jeselnik said he expected Australia to be like a "fantasy world" and was hoping to become acquainted with the wildlife while in the country.

"I know that there are a lot of shark attacks here which I'm very excited about," he told AAA. "I am fascinated by sharks, I can't stress how much I am fascinated by sharks. I would like to try to fight one if I can. That would be the goal."

Jeselnik's controversial sense of humour that has made him hot property in the US seems to have translated well in Australia too, with his Rottofest shows selling out.

The comedian said he had brought a batch of new material with him and could not wait to unleash it.

"It will be all different jokes but if you've seen me on the Roasts then you'll know what you're getting - jokes about the worst things in the world," he said.

"Whatever you think shouldn't be joked about, well, I pretty well guarantee I will have jokes about that in my act."

After his local appearances, Jeselnik will perform in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane before heading home to Los Angeles to work on developing his own talk show.

He said the show was tentatively titled Killing with Anthony Jeselnik and would air in the US from January.

"It's kind of a late night show where we talk about the weird, crazy news stories," Jeselnik said.

"We take on the ones that you would email to your friends, like where a woman cut off her husband's head. We want to talk about that stuff."

The West Australian

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