Friday night at The Comic's Lounge was another success. Since the audiences have been so great over these past three nights (over 1300 people so far) I decided that I would throw in a bit of newer material at this gig as I feel it would be a wasted opportunity if I didn't develop some new routines for later in the year. So far the material that I had performed regarding my time in Afghanistan had only been attempted in smaller rooms. New material usually finds a place to breathe in smaller rooms as it allows you to take your time and let it be a little more organic. The bigger the room the more you have to be aware to really hit all your jokes cleanly otherwise you're going to lose the attention of the audience members who have to sit right at the back. I decided to pick out what I thought were the more muscular routines from the Afghanistan story and place them in a section of my setlist that would help shield them in case they didn't live up to expectations. It really is the equivalent of hiding the broccoli underneath the mash potatoes.
Rather than sitting down and working out exactly where the best place the newer material should sit, I decided I would just work it out onstage. That way I would begin performing these stories when it felt comfortable rather than trying to make them fit in a section that I would discover in the moment was potentially unnatural.
This is what the setlist ended up looking like:
Partying during the week
Car Crash in Adelaide
Invite Who You Want To Parties
Being An Arsehole
Little Boy Joke
Afghanistan: Marching on ANZAC Day
“Hey, be careful!”
Soldiers are funny.
Tripping and Farting
Getting Angry as I Get Older
No Need to Share All Your Opinions
Glitter in Invitations
People wearing your glasses
If you compare this to the previous night I dropped the material about "Breaking Up Through History" and placed the Afghanistan material there. It was a little more manic than the rest of my set but that is not unusual with material that is raw. The jokes went down well but I wonder if the stories are ready for a big room? I hope that I am not losing some of the interesting aspects of the tale by making the stories so muscular they are just another routine full of gags. I'll keep experimenting with these stories over the next couple of weeks and attempt to keep the interesting aspects of the story in balance with the jokes. It would be nice to have new material to take on the road at the end of this fun residency at The Lounge.
30th of March, 2013