Paul Livingston (born 1956), popularly known as his alter ego Flacco, is an Australian comedian who has regularly appeared on many television shows, predominantly on ABC TV and Network Ten, including Good News Week, The Sandman and Flacco Special, The Big Gig, DAAS Kapital, The Money or the Gun, The Fat and The Sideshow. He was on Triple J Breakfast from 1994 to 1997, and has also acted on stage and in film. He was joint winner of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in 1996 for outstanding achievement in the performing arts in Australia. He is the author of Absent Without Leave: The Private War of Private Stanley Livingston. Livingston also wrote the play Emma's Nose about the relationship of Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Fliess and their patient Emma Eckstein. Livingston has toured Australia and internationally and appeared at festivals in Edinburgh and Montreal. In 2014, he replaced Richard Fidler as the guitarist in the reformed Doug Anthony All-Stars, and toured with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott.
While careful to never take himself too seriously, Livingston deftly captures the thrill of the comeback as he reflects on the psychological and creative risks that life as a stand-up comedian demands. * Canberra Times *