Denise gives residents cheer

The chook still has it.

Famous Australian entertainer Denise Drysdale busted out her famous ‘chook walk’ while entertaining residents with an acoustic performance at the Yeltana Nursing Home in Whyalla on Tuesday.

It was a blast from the past for the residents, with many singing along with Denise as she burst into a number of well-known tunes such as Vince Gill’s “Look at Us” and “Being Green”, and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”.

Between the music, a suite of impersonations, and a number of clever gags, Denise had the crowd in raptures.

Towards the end of her performance she was joined on stage by a resident named Phil, who sang along and even took over the microphone at one point.

Once her song and dance were over Denise took the time to take photos with a number of residents, who were all left with big smiles on their faces.

“They were a wonderful audience,” Ms Drysdale said.

The performance took place hours after her show at the Middleback Theatre on the same day. Denise says she includes a ‘little bit of everything’ in her performances.

“It’s good fun, everyone gets a laugh out of it,” she said.

“Some people in the nursing home wouldn’t be able to get to the show, so it’s nice to come to them and give them some enjoyment.

“It breaks up the day for them, if you can make them smile then that’s worth everything.”

Despite nearing 70 years old and having over 50 years in the entertainment business, Denise still loves to get up on stage and dance.

“If people keep asking me to do this then I’ll keep doing it,” she said.