It is interesting that for the first time I've realised that this blog has brought on a new responsibility for me. I think if I wasn't accounting for every gig this year it would have been easy to settle into one setlist for my run of gigs at The Comic's Lounge but with so many young comics checking out what I'm doing I feel a need to set a good example by trying to improve in some way with every gig. This might just be in my head (as most things are!) but it was only after chatting backstage with John Cruikshank before the gig that this was made a possibility. Whether it is true or not I think it is still a good responsibility to embrace. With that in mind I decided to play around with the new material and I think I wasn't quite as strong as I was last night. The way I delved into the new material was a bit scrappy and one of the jokes I inserted didn't quite pop the way I would have really liked. I also left out the piece that I enjoyed performing the most. This happens quite often with new material. I have no idea why you would leave out the bit you enjoy performing the most but it seems like you concentrate on the rest so much that what you love just slips out of your memory. This might explain why I am also single.
Of course nobody in the audience would have noticed that I considered myself to have a mild stumble. It definitely gives me something to have a look at over the weekend before I return to The Lounge on Tuesday night.
Here's the setlist:
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
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 the setlist to yesterday you can see I left out the piece about performing for the Taliban which is something that is fun to do onstage. Instead I attempted talking about being in a code red situation and while it garnered laughs I was just a bit out of synch with how I needed to set it up. It still worked well enough even with that stumble and that gives me confidence moving forward with that routine.
After the gig I met three people who had seen me perform in October at The Lounge when I supported Wil Anderson. It was with this in mind that I was glad that I had changed most of my material from that run. Funnily enough they lamented not hearing the "#justsayin" routine which might inspire me to insert into next week's run. I am enjoying the sense that I need to keep improving week to week to hopefully set a good example to new comedians. Of course I could be completely up my own arse with the appraisal of this blog and its so called sphere of influence. Even so it will hopefully make me a better comedian at the end of the year.
30th of March, 2013