Gig 103: The Comic's Lounge

With an almost packed house at The Comic's Lounge, the show last night contained the energy that the previous night was lacking.  I'm still battling the potential of a cold so my enthusiasm for performing had to be measured out.  I really couldn't be any less enthused to be onstage but the audience pay good money to see the show and you really shouldn't bring that attitude with you even if it is understandable.  To counter this I do my best to be full of energy behind the scenes so it translates to on the stage.  If I slump in a chair before I am introduced then that lack of pizzaz has the potential of following me on to the stage and might have me producing not quite enough confidence as the host. Since I'm not feeling great I decided to keep the set lists nice and tidy so I could concentrate on doing my best when out there under the lights.  There is no time to be playing around with material or set lists while you're not feeling great.  Just get on top of it in any way you can and do you job.

 

Set List One

Partying During the Week

Turning 40

Car Crash in Adelaide

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Hairy Baby

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

 

Set List Two

No Need To Share All Your Opinions

Glitter in Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

Set List Three

Tripping and Farting

 

 

The gig was excellent especially with Brad Oakes, Michael Workman and Tom Gleeson on the bill.  I haven't seen Michael or Tom perform for a while and both are in excellent form.  It is especially weird not to have seen Tom gig for such a long time, possibly ranging back to last year. We usually perform at a lot of gigs together due to the festivals but since I skipped everything but Melbourne (and even then I was in North Melbourne, well away from the Festival action) I haven't seen any of his newer material.  We are very different acts overall but I do find that we cross over in some similar ways.  I think Tom's friendship over the years (well over 12 years now!  Yikes!) has meant he has definitely been an influence on my act to such an extent I have no idea where the to and fro begins and ends.

It is one of the aspects of growing older that I enjoy.  I feel confident enough to be able to look at a friend onstage and embrace their influence.  Once upon a time I would have bristled at the notion and probably mistaken it to mean I had "borrowed" his act.  Now I am confident enough with who I am that I not only recognise it but I embrace it.  We are the sum of many different parts of our lives and I'm glad that one of those parts is my friendship with Gleeson.  From meeting in Adelaide to performing in Edinburgh together to moving to Melbourne a couple of weeks apart, sometimes you just have to acknowledge how lucky you can be with the people you are surrounded by and the friendships that can grow out of that.

 

Justin Hamilton

2nd of August, 2013

Fitzroy North