Gig 102: The Comic's Lounge

I'm not feeling great at the moment and it made last night's gig feel very slow.  I've been battling the beginnings of a cold that began to dog me in Adelaide.  After running around in my hometown I think I am quite exhausted and with one night off from performing I didn't really get the opportunity to have some down time.  With The Shelf starting season 7 on Monday and the 100th podcast for "Can You Take This Photo Please?" there has been a lot of work to be sorted which has lead to early mornings and late nights. Whether you're feeling lethargic or not the audience doesn't care.  Your job is to put on your performing pants and get to it.  Returning to The Comic's Lounge to host was slightly surreal as I am so conditioned to going onstage later in the night as a headliner that I felt slightly out of whack.  Luckily I was surrounded by good friends who were on the bill:  Brad Oakes, Tommy Dassalo, Steele Saunders, Geraldine Hickey and Elbowskin.  That is a pretty great line up and gratifying especially for when you're not feeling quite up to it.

The setlists for the three brackets were as follows:

 

Setlist One

Biker Gig

Old Lady and Scrabble

Turning 40

Car Crash in Adelaide

Adam Sandler:  Royal Baby

Tripping and Farting

 

Setlist Two

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Hairy Baby

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

 

Setlist Three

Felix and Twitter

"That Won't Get Him A Job"

No Need To Share All Your Opinions

 

 

Very early in the opening set there were two men sitting up the front who were quite possibly the biggest black holes of energy I've encountered in an audience in a long time. One of the men was a bit mouthy but he was easy to ignore by talking over him.  He was basically attempting to join in which was very nice of him but I didn't need his help.  His mate though had the bored countenance of someone who believes they could do better. He wasn't anywhere near the worst person I've encountered at a gig but he was definitely one of the most boring.

Once again I gladly talked over him when he attempted to talk to me.  It is always important to remember that when you have a microphone and big speakers you can easily overcome any punter who attempts to talk to you.  A lot of comedians love talking to the audience but I really am not into it because it rarely involves a moment that is inspiring or funny.  In fact it usually ends in a form of cruelty. I can dish this type of stuff out but it isn't really what I want to do.

With it being a cold Wednesday night and with me also not feeling great, I saw the gig as one where I did my job and then went home to bed.  The gig itself was fine and the audience was a typical Wednesday night audience who didn't really want to think too much.  There were a few pockets of punters who were quite clearly more engaged than some of the rest of the crowd but overall it felt like a pretty laid back gig that wasn't going to inspire many great moments.

Although at the end of the night I gladly gave the bored looking dude a moment to talk and then used that moment to have some fun.  When I say fun I mean I had a crack and it was fun for me and the audience.  Sometimes you just have to take a moment for yourself onstage and enjoy that moment as best you can.  While I might not like doing that type of thing normally it felt good to stretch that side of my comedic brain just as a reminder that if I have to do it I can do it, will do it and get a little kick out of it, especially if I don't like the person.

 

Justin Hamilton

1st of August, 2013

Fitzroy North