He’s led a colourful life which all started in the United States of America, but it hasn’t been all laughs from Australian comedian Greg Fleet.
On Friday night’s episode of The Project, the 56-year-old novelist shared a very sombre story from his past, about how his father ‘faked’ his own death when he was just 10 years old.
‘My father basically faked his own death,’ said Greg. ‘He at one stage left his car, and left a suicide note with his lawyer, and as far as we all knew for a couple of years, when I was 10, that he was dead.’
‘He left a suicide note’: Australian comedian Greg Fleet (pictured) revealed how his father faked his own death when he was just 10 years old on The Project on Friday
He continued: ‘A couple of years later, somebody saw him working at a real estate agent in Auckland.’
The actor then poked fun at the serious chain of events and cracked a joke.
‘I know working at a real estate in Auckland is like being dead, it’s not exactly the same,’ leaving the panel and audience in stitches.
Sad tale: ‘My father basically faked his own death. He at one stage left his car, and left a suicide note with his lawyer, and as far as we all knew for a couple of years, when I was 10, that he was dead,’ the 56-year-old said
Greg then shed more light on what is an extraordinary story from his past.
‘That was the kind of guy that he was. He married someone in the meantime under a false name and started a new family, he then dumped them immediately after my mother called him and tried to get back with her,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Greg appeared on the talk-show to promote his new novel The Good Son, which is a charming and uplifting novel about love, belonging and facing mortality.
He continued: ‘A couple of years later, somebody saw him [his father] working at a real estate agent in Auckland’
‘The good thing about this book is that I’ve written so many things that have happened in my life and about my father and my past drug addiction, but it was really nice to write something that was just a beautiful story,’ Greg said.
He poked fun at himself being a comedian-cum-novelist.
‘You know they say: Those who can joke, those who can’t write novels.’
Author: Greg has written a new novel called The Good Son. ‘You know they say: those who can joke, those who can’t write novels,’ he quipped