This show was the type of show that would usually annoy me. We had a well known comedian from overseas drop in to do a 15 minute spot at the beginning of the night. Instead he did nearly 45 minutes and that meant the opening bracket ended up taking an hour. The crowd had seemed quiet to begin with and it was really beginning to feel very much like the middle Wednesday of the festival. This day is known in the industry as "Suicide Wednesday" as there is no energy left from the excitement of starting the festival and the end of the festival is so far away. To have a well known comedian churn out such a long set in the opening bracket just really set the show back.
After the first bracket finished about 100 people left. I don't think it was because they didn't enjoy themselves. I think it was some because some audience members were possibly feeling pretty content on a cold, slow night after seeing an hour of comedy to open the show. You would also be forgiven for thinking that maybe there were two more hour long brackets to come. To be honest I think I would have left as well.
Anthony Salame and Monty Franklin were really professional in their approach to the rest of the night by shortening their sets before I came on to headline. By the time I hit the stage more people had returned home and I was left performing to a half full room. Once upon a time I would have been pretty pissed about something like this but I guess I must be in a pretty good place as I didn't even flinch. If someone feels a need to go over time at the beginning of the night before heading off to perform their one hour show, I guess they need that ego boost more than me. I just figured I'd do my best for the people who had hung around and try to give them the best show that I could.
The setlist was as follows:
Car Crash in Adelaide
Invite Who You Want To Parties
Being An Arsehole
Little Boy Joke
Tripping and Farting
Getting Angry as I Get Older
No Need to Share All Your Opinions
Glitter in Invitations
Nothing new tonight although within the routines I found new ad libs and jokes. I was quite playful with all of the material and ended up having quite a fun gig even under the circumstances. Something you should never do is never blame the audience for whatever goes on around the gig. If there aren't many people in the audience don't take it out on the people that are there. If some people left before you had an opportunity to get onstage don't crack the sads at the people who have stayed. I attempt to be as professional as possible at all my gigs because you never know when someone sitting in the audience is seeing you for the very first time.
Still I had an opportunity to chat with some people after the show who had a great night and I was glad that I kept my concentration to perform the best gig I could. I honestly felt no hard feelings towards the comedian going over time at the beginning of the night. These things happen. It does make me feel good to know that, whatever faults I have, I don't feel I have to "record my album" at every gig I perform at. Sometimes you should just do what you're asked to do and keep something in reserve for another time.
10th of April, 2013