Gig 66: Perth Solo Show

There isn't much to report this time around. My day started with me having breakfast with Tommy Dean which I heartily recommend to anyone who hasn't done this before.  Then after a little wander around the streets of Perth I returned to my hotel where I pretty much stayed for the rest of the day working. There has been something making me feel quite uneasy working in this hotel and I finally figured out what it was.  The desk is up against a wall with the back to the entrance (always creepy...I've seen too many movies.  I keep expecting to be lost in work and then look up to see this guy lurking behind me.) and it has a mirror right in front of me.  Turns out I really don't need to be looking at my face for the whole day.  It is really difficult to daydream about what you're going to write next when you are suddenly brought back to the real world as you look at your face and think, "Fuck.  I'm looking old."  This definitely says more about my self esteem than I care to wrestle with at this point.

By the time I had written my reviews and blogs for the weekend (three thousand words for the day) it was time to get ready for the show.  Once again I've had such a delightful time at the Perth International Comedy Festival that I find myself so laid back before gigs I'm starting to think that my friend Laura Davis was correct and I should begin slapping myself before I go onstage.  Purely for energy reasons, this doesn't relate to my self esteem at all, right?  Right?

Here's how the show played out:


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


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




It was a sold out show (the first of the run, thanks Perth!) and a fun show to boot.  The audience wasn't quite as loud as the previous two shows but there was a good energy in the room and once again snapped along at such a brisk pace I was surprised when it came to an end.  The girl I invited to introduce me at the beginning of the show was delightfully nervous about it all but did a great job even as her anxiety levels hit their maximum state.  (Hi Kayleigh if you're reading this.)

After the show I caught up with some pals who came to the show and thoroughly enjoyed watching Craig Hill's audience leave the theatre and mingle with Jim Jefferies audience who were waiting to go in.  It was not unlike being at the Adelaide Fringe when the Clipsal 500 comes to town, where bourbon meets taffeta and never the twain shall meet. I also had a great time talking to three guys on meth who had seen Jim's earlier show and was dazzled watching their jaws vibrate through to another dimension.  It was amazing. At one point I thought I was watching an episode of Clutch Cargo.  (By the way, how racist is that clip? If you skipped past it click on the link.  Yikes!)  A good reminder that the best and only way to enjoy meth is on TV shows like Breaking Bad.

The end of the day finished with me catching up with Tommy Dean again and working on some "edgy" comedy material that made us laugh but will never see the light of day. If you have never worked on edgy comedy material with Tommy before you should definitely do that!  Also a day bookended by the Dean is a pretty good day overall.


Justin Hamilton

4th of May, 2013

Perth, Western Australia