Emma Malik and her canine companion Dukdik are quite the comedy duo.
"He's a rescue dog from Thailand. I actually rescued him from being eaten by lions," Emma said.
"He's one of the only dogs I've met that has a sense of humour. He's very funny. He'll squeak his toy during my punchline. He'll yawn when I make a joke about my ex. He'll walk off stage when he's had enough. He's hilarious."
Hang on, can we just go back to the lions for a sec? He was almost eaten, you said?
"He was born at a zoo in Thailand where I worked. One day I saw him and stopped him being eaten by lions. Now he travels around Australia doing stand-up with me," she said.
We had to ask. Was he actually being fed to the lions?
"He was purposely put in with the lions, but not for food. He was put in to be a companion - a friend for the lions. But those two don't really mix well together," she said.
We wouldn't have thought so.
Emma and Dukdik will perform their comedy show at the Royal Exchange theatre in Newcastle on Thursday night. It's part of the Newcastle Fringe Festival.
"There are other animals in the show, but I like to keep them a surprise," she said.
The show, titled If You Can't Train It, Eat It, is about "the stories and the mishaps of my journey".
This journey began when she worked as an animal trainer in the UK.
"My first job was training pigs for the BBC," she said.
She trained animals for movies and TV, before heading to Thailand to train tigers, parrots and other creatures.
"While I was working in the UK, I was asked to go to Thailand to set up a parrot show at a crocodile farm just outside of Bangkok. It ended up being one of the largest parrot shows in south-east Asia.
"Also my job was teaching the keepers humane ways of working with animals."
While in Thailand, she earned a reputation at being good at training parrots. She was asked to train one of the King of Thailand's parrots. She also hosted a private parrot show for the King of Malaysia.
"I was also a contestant with my parrots on Thailand's Got Talent," she said.
She stayed in Thailand for two years before coming to Australia as a dog trainer.
"A few years after that I ended up training one of the largest saltwater crocodiles in NSW at Wild Life Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour," she said.
"I went from dogs to training Rocky the saltwater crocodile in one big leap," she said.
She started doing comedy after a friend dared her to have a go at an open-mic night.
"I think we can confirm that the dare has gone way too far now," she said.
Speaking of all creatures great and small, we spotted this blue and black insect on a leaf on a bush trail at the weekend. We can see where the Aboriginals found inspiration for their dot paintings.