Gig 55: The Comic's Lounge

Before the gig I met Sam Worthington who had popped in to watch the show.  Yep, the guy who starred in the biggest money earning movie of all time.  He didn't pop in to catch up with me, he just came to watch a show that I happened to be headlining.  I had a brief chat but enjoyed watching Monty Franklin do his best not to tell Sam that he loved him.  Turns out Sam is Monty's favourite actor and I enjoy watching anyone who has an unbridled love for someone or something.  I used to perform a routine about Sam talking to Russell Crowe, Paul Hogan, Alf from Home and Away and Kevin Rudd with the Ruddster being the odd man out due to his lack of "Aussie".  For a moment I had an urge to pull it out of mothballs but figured the poor guy just wants to watch a show and doesn't need some dude like me doing an impersonation of him onstage.  If I didn't know that he was in the audience that would have been great but once you know there seems to be something sly and unnatural about pulling out that type of routine. This last week is turning out to be even more exhausting that the previous weeks.  I thought with the last Fan Fiction Comedy show last Sunday (for me that is, they still have a few gigs to go) and the final of The Shelf for season six (season seven is on sale at Moshtix even as I type this) my workload would lighten but with the Moosehead Gala coming up on Sunday and a few other little jobs springing up, this week is going to be pretty full on.

Last night I changed the setlist a little bit:

 

Partying during the week

Turning 40

Car Crash in Adelaide

Port Power Supporters in Adelaide

Hairy Baby

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

Girl at the Theatre

Tripping and Farting

Gym Conversation

Breaking Up Through History

Getting Angry as I Get Older

“You’re An Ugly Hooker!”

No Need to Share All Your Opinions

Glitter in Invitations

People wearing your glasses

Spooning

 

The gig was a good one and I played around with the order to make some of the jokes fit together with more fluidity.  The last time I performed the story about the girl answering her phone in the theatre, I had it after the story about being in the cinema. This didn't quite work as the latter story has the stronger ending so I flipped them this time and mashed them together as one big routine rather than two smaller pieces.  I've also been slipping in the Port Power material from the Afghanistan routine (the piece about soldiers being funny) and slotted it into the car crash tale.  This seems to make that piece stronger as well even though there is a part of me that doesn't quite enjoy this style of humour.  Why am I performing it then?  It is fun to perform (the act of throwing solid objects at a "flying bird" is great fun!) and the laugh it raises is a good one so I guess I'm performing for the crowd a little.  In any event I figure if I'm talking about Oscar Wilde at one point and then acting out the same scene throughout history in another, a routine that is a little simpler in concept is not the worst thing in the world.  I might try to drop that who car crash bit and return the Port Power joke to the original story about Afghanistan and see how that works out.  The problem has been that my days are so busy I'd like to find a spare hour just to pore over my work but that spare hour usually means I should eat or not do anything.  I'll have to have a look at how I feel about it after the festival and before I head to the Perth festival instead.

It was an excellent gig to start off the final week though.  When I walked offstage Monty had told me that Sam had just left as I finished up.  Disappointing.  I'd missed out on pitching my "You need a blue comedian in the next Avatar movie" spiel.  If I have time I might find my notes on the old Sam/Russell/Hogan/Alf/Rudd routine and bring it out for the next gig. This feels like the week to try some new things to keep the staff, the other comics and the behind the scenes crew engaged with whatever I am doing onstage.

 

Justin Hamilton

16th of April, 2013

Fitzroy North