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Psychos Back With Madcap Adventures

Who: Chopper Read and Mark Jackson
What: Wild Colonial Psychos
Where: Cardiff Panthers
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Saturday November 5, 2005

IT is the tour that never seems to end.

Underworld figure Mark ``Chopper'' Read and former AFL star Mark ``Jacko'' Jackson will return to Newcastle this weekend with their show Wild Colonial Psychos. Since its debut in early 2003 the show has played to packed houses across the country as Read exhibits his exotic brand of humour on stage alongside Jackson in a spoken-word show.

The two-man show isn't for the faint hearted, exploring the true meaning of life as seen through the eyes of Read and Jackson.

They share stories about their adventures in the fields of sport, entertainment and professional killing the law.

Audiences can be guaranteed a good laugh.

``We don't go out of our way to shock people, though we appreciate they may find parts of our show disturbing,'' Jackson said.

``Our stories are anecdotal.

We don't make things up for laughs, though I think it is a sign of a good show to get a reaction from your audience.'' And there is certainly no shortage of stories.

Read was arguably Australia's most a notorious underworld figure.

Convicted of many crimes including armed robbery, firearm offences, assault and kidnapping, he spent a mere 13 months outside prison between the ages of 20 and 38.

He then went on to become an author of crime novels, selling in excess of 500,000 copies.

Read's profile sky- rocketed with the release of the film Chopper which starred Eric Bana based on Read's unusual life.

Since teaming up with Jackson in Wild Colonial Psychos, Read has become involved in a variety of projects.

His latest venture is into music.

Read recently teamed with a handful of Australia hip-hop artists to collaborate on an album which is slated for release soon.

His rhymes are described as ``dark'' with a ``humorous undercurrent''.

As a football player, Jackson's life experiences have been somewhat tamer than Read's.

He became one of AFL's most popular figures playing for Geelong, St Kilda and Melbourne, and was a real crowd-pleaser.

Always a controversial player, Jackson was sacked from St Kilda after placing live firecrackers into the pocket of a club official and later retired after his omission from the Geelong senior side.

An autobiography of his football career was written titled Dumb Like a Fox. Wild Colonial Psychos will appear at Cardiff Panthers on Saturday night.

Tickets cost $25 per person.

Bookings can be made at the club.

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