Gig 60: The Comic's Lounge

About an hour before my show I realised it was the anniversary of my first ever gig nineteen years ago.  I started off in a duo called The Bunta Boys and we made our debut at Boltz Cafe on Rundle St in Adelaide.  This was also the first night that I worked with Lehmo and Dave Williams who are now my two oldest friends on the circuit.  It was strange to realise this and all the conflicting thoughts this inspires.  On the one hand it feels like a monumental achievement to still be around after all this time.  Yet on the other hand who cares?  It left me feeling slightly removed from the whole night and I actually called my old pal Damien who was the other half of The Bunta Boys.  It was good chatting to him as I definitely don't get to catch up with him enough as he still lives in Adelaide and I'm firmly ensconced in Melbourne.  Yet with the way the last couple of days have played out I suddenly feel unattached to my surroundings and who knows where that will take me next?  I might find after the festival that I regain my equilibrium, it is not uncommon to feel a bit out of sorts once everything is done but this time there is a different feeling in my bones and I have no idea how it is going to play out. The audience at The Comic's Lounge was packed all the way to the bar and were electric. It felt like everyone in the room was focused and it lead to a fun gig.  I tried my best to be as present as possible in every routine knowing full well this was my last opportunity to perform on the Lounge's stage for the foreseeable future.  After my dream run it is time to let other comedians enjoy the room and I'm guessing I'll be lucky if I can get back on before the end of the year.  The whole run was great fun and the lads who run the venue treated me so well they've spoiled me for whatever room I perform in next. The staff were great as well and their camaraderie made for a great month.



Here's the setlist:


Partying during the week

Turning 40

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Car Crash in Adelaide

Port Power Supporters in Adelaide

Hairy Baby

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

Tripping and Farting

Laughing at a Funeral

Gym Conversation

Breaking Up Through History

Tram Story

The country is scary

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





Once again there was little in the way of change up in the setlist although an older routine about the country (I was performing this routine in the middle of last year and then it just dropped out of my set only to suddenly reappear here) was inserted before my finishing routines. One of the aspects of the gig I really enjoyed was a punter near the front who loved every aside I made.  He was spot on with every joke and I had to commend him before the end of my set for being so astute.

At the end of the night I stayed around for a drink and soak up some time with Anthony Salame and Monty Franklin.  They were great company for the festival and I had a lot of fun backstage with them every night.  Fingers crossed I'll be able to catch up with them again soon.



I celebrated the night of my 19th anniversary by returning home and sitting on my lounge eating some snacks.  What a way to party, right?  I still have the Moosehead Gala to come and that is going to be a long day so knowing I don't bounce back like I used to it just seemed prudent to call it a night.

The best thing about going to sleep is knowing the next day is just around the corner.


Justin Hamilton

20th of April, 2013

Fitzroy North