Meet Gary Eck: The comedian who just loves to be called 'dad'

Kinderling News & Features

Gary Eck is a stand-up comedian and filmmaker who's been entertaining Australians for two decades. He's also a father of two. He loves mountain bike riding, travelling the world and kicking a footy around in the backyard with his kids.  

1. What is your favourite thing about being a father?

I prefer to use the word ‘dad’. 'Father' is too formal. Fathers are who you report to, get in trouble from or need to borrow money from. 'Dad' however, feels more relaxed. You kick a footy with your dad, share a laugh, muck around, go to a soccer match. That’s my favourite thing about being a dad.

2. What’s your favourite thing to do with your children?

I love travelling with my kids. They’re hugely curious, right into museums and exotic food and never get bored. We went to Cambodia and Vietnam a couple of years ago and my daughter cried for three days straight because she wanted to go back. 

3. What is the thing you miss most about life pre-children?

I used to stay up really late, but can’t do that anymore. To be honest, I’m glad. If you don’t have something specific to get up for, like, take the kids to school, it’s very easy to find yourself still up at 2am, reading or watching TV. Most likely TV.

4. What has been the biggest surprise for you about being a father?

This sounds obvious, but how much of myself or my wife I see in them at times. The way they laugh or react to something and you’re like, that’s exactly how your mum laughs, or how I frown. Little reminders that they are our children!

5. What does “me time” look like for you?

Riding my mountain bike in the bush. No one can contact you. It’s my way of going ‘off grid’… until I immediately check my email and Facebook when I return to the carpark.

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