This week I am touring regional Victoria as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Road Show. This is a great opportunity to perform with four of my peers in a comedy showcase that is quality from beginning to end. Luckily for me I have also been paired with four good friends on this leg of the tour. Dave Williams, Geraldine Hickey, Greg Fleet and Randy make up our team and it is a good mix of men, women, sexualities, legends and puppet. The only thing I worry about is when I look around there is nobody in the group that I would class as the "dickhead" of the gang. Sometimes when you can't work out who that person is in your group there is a good chance it is you. Yikes! We drove down to Sale yesterday and had a car ride full of quality comedian conversation: discussing where other people are struggling in life and nonsensical games. When you're in a car with Fleety it is not uncommon for an hour of the conversation being taken up with games like attempting to come up with fake breakfast radio teams. "You're listening to Gazza and the Biscuit on 23.7 FM and here's the new one from Sasquatch Tears, Fingered in My Eye" followed by a sound effect that resembles the noise you'd hear from a chicken being goosed. I would by lying if I didn't admit this is my favourite part of touring with Fleety as he is never short of an idea.
The show was a sold out affair and the audience was great. I was in a position where I could get back to some material that was a part of my setlist earlier in the year but had fallen away in the past weeks as I worked on new material. The setlist was as follows:
Car Crash in Adelaide
Being An Arsehole
Little Boy Joke
Break Up Through the Ages
"You're An Ugly Hooker!"
No Need To Share All Your Opinions
Glitter in Invitations
People Wearing Your Glasses
Watching Movies Out of Context
The gig was definitely a success but there are still a couple of things I'll do slightly differently tonight. The story about guys taking meth to see me perform was a solid opening but I think it is possibly more an inner city joke rather than a Road Show routine. There are older people and teenagers in the audience and this is the type of topic that while they understand the general gist of the tale they have (hopefully!) not encountered people on meth to be able to really relate. It went down fine but I think there are better ways to open my set for this week of gigs.
Otherwise it was as fun as I expected it to be. I think last night's set by Geraldine Hickey is the best I've seen her, she's really come into her own in the last couple of years and it is great watching someone embrace their unique voice onstage. If you keep developing as a person and a comedian this should happen a few times over the course of your career, as you evolve then your onstage persona should reflect that.
I have a few ideas on what I am going to do tonight though and look forward to changing things around a little bit. Also I am late with my latest edition of "Can You Take This Photo Please?" but with such a good crew on this tour I should be able to nail a few interviews to present in the next couple of weeks.
3rd of July, 2013