That was more like it. It felt like the audience and I were symbiotic in our returned energy levels tonight. After last night's mild let down it was nice to get everything back on track tonight. I am arriving at The Lounge around 9.30pm which allows me to see Monty Franklin hosting and Anthony Salame strutting his stuff before I prepare for my gig. It is a good way to get a feel for how the night is going and I can tell from the audience's reaction to my friends how I will pitch my routines.
I had planned on changing my setlist around a little bit after last night because I thought it might help with shaking the lethargy out of my system. Sometimes if you're not particularly happy with your previous performance it can be fun to inject some energy into your routines by deliberately starting with a joke you'd never normally begin with. It immediately puts your head in a different place and helps you think outside of the box while onstage. In the end I didn't do this because I found out that my manager Erin was coming down to watch my set.
This completely changed my outlook on the night because I wanted to impress her by doing my best. It is funny how you can have someone in a position of some authority come to your gig and suddenly your back straightens, your jokes hit a bit cleaner and you're looking to milk any situation for all it is worth. I am still devastated to this day the night that Kevin Whyte (who is the head cheese at my management group Token Artists) came to see my Barry Nominated Show "The Killing Joke" and it was literally the worst show of the run. That was back in 2008. I hold onto shit. Anyway, with Erin in the audience I wanted to impress her because I don't want her to think she is wasting her time with a dead beat. I have enough trouble in my darker moments convincing myself that I'm worth the time and effort let alone giving my manager that idea. So with that in mind I went conservative with my setlist, stuck with what I know works and figured I'll play around tomorrow night instead.
Partying during the week
Car Crash in Adelaide
Tripping and Farting
Invite Who You Want To Parties
Being An Arsehole
Little Boy Joke
Getting Angry as I Get Older
No Need to Share All Your Opinions
Glitter in Invitations
People wearing your glasses
As I said this was a fun night that felt like it had everything back on track. There was nothing wrong with last night's audience. We were all out late on a Tuesday night the day after the Easter long weekend. There was always going to be a lack of energy in the room. Tonight that energy returned for all of us.
4th of April, 2013