Gig 64: Perth Solo Show and Gig 65: Lazy Susan's Comedy

Two gigs in one night can be a gamble. Hosting a show after your solo show is an even bigger gamble.

Without taking any of this into mind I gladly said yet to Laura Davis when she invited me to host her comedy night at Lazy Susans.  I started the day checking out the new Ryan Gosling movie "The Place Beyond the Pines" to review for Botica's Bunch next week.  After a bit of work I eased into the Astor Theatre for my show and was in such a relaxed mood that I was practically comatose before the gig began.  I usually enjoy some nerves before I go onstage as it means there is a good energy to feed off but for some reason I was as cool as a cucumber and had to do some stretching and walking to fire myself up.  It wasn't like I didn't want to perform.  I just was surprised at how laid back I was.  The words "laid back" are rarely used in connection with me unless it was the sentence, "Yeah, he's really laid back" delivered with a healthy dose of hipster snark.

I barely checked my notes that I had made yet the show followed a similar path as to the night before.

 

Setlist:

 

False Start

Biker Story

Afghanistan:  Marching on ANZAC Day

I’m a war hero!

“Hey, be careful!”

Soldiers are funny.

Port Power Supporters in Adelaide

Journey into Kabul

Buzz might be Batman.

Afghanistan:  The Worst Sentence Ever

Bronzing Up!

Turning 40

Hurt When I Stand Up

Gastro

Fix Your Flaws

Car Crash in Adelaide

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

Tripping and Farting

Laughing in Greek Class

Laughing at a Funeral

“You’re An Ugly Hooker!”

Twitter and Felix

“That Won’t Get Him A Job.”

No Need to Share All Your Opinions

Glitter in Invitations

People wearing your glasses

Spooning

 

 

This was another fun show that contained once again a lot of ad libbing.  My material is being able to breathe and therefore finding some new angles.  I believe that is because there is a different responsibility to your audience when they come to see your solo show. I've talked about this before but when an audience attends a night of comedy (like at The Comic's Lounge or the Sit Down Comedy Club) I feel a responsibility to broaden my topics and give the audience as many jumping on points as possible.  I always perform material I enjoy but there is a sense that the majority of people are there to see a night of comedy not necessarily you in particular so I want to give them the best possible result. When an audience makes the effort to see your solo show I think you can bring out some different styles of routines because they've invested in you directly.  That is why I enjoy solo shows more than ensemble shows.  It is a fact I have forgotten in the past year with my lack of solo shows and bypassing of most festivals.  I am definitely enjoying my time at the Perth International Comedy Festival.

After the gig I caught up with an old pal of mine that I played basketball with in the States.  Yes, this short arse used to be pretty quick on the court and have some mad hops for a little fella.  Alas that was a looooooong time ago.  It was good to see my friend again and meet his wife.  They were kind enough to take me to the Brisbane Hotel for my next gig.  I liked the look of the room and the line up was great but it definitely felt like a gig where the audience considered me the host and not one of the comedians. First of all here is the setlist:

 

Setlist One:

 

Partying during the week

Hen's Night

Mount Isa

Gym Conversation

Tripping and Farting

Hairy Baby

Tram Story

 

Setlist Two:

 

Turning 40

No Need to Share All Your Opinions

Little Boy Joke

 

With my friend in the audience for the first half I didn't really want to repeat any material he had just seen and with the exception of one gag I managed to achieve this.  The gig was fine and I thought all the acts had a pretty good time but it was a mild slog as the host.  It was nice having Craig Hill headlining as I have just had the opportunity to spend a little time with him and find him to be quite delightful.  He really nailed the final spot of the night.

It can be a weird experience to host a show you haven't been a part of before.  It is disorientating onstage as you work out the lay of the land as you're performing but overall I was pretty happy with my performance.  I also have to be honest and say I don't mind being made to work and I think it can only hold me in good stead for my next solo show on Saturday night.

 

 

 

Justin Hamilton

3rd of May, 2013

Perth, Western Australia