I wasn't feeling it today. There are just some days when your head isn't in the game for whatever reason. I was fairly certain I was feeling burned out because I was tired after The Shelf. It is quite exhausting by the end of the night and it is normally better for me to have the day off than perform. Alas things don't always work out how you would like them to in this industry (next week is worst as I fly to Perth the next morning. Yikes!) and today I just had to prepare for work.
I was on with some good comedians that I also really like. Dil Jayasinha was the host, Liam Ryan and Kevin Kropinyeri were the supports. It was a small crowd with a drunk Canadian in the audience who was quite tedious and disruptive. I thought the comedians did an excellent job of dealing with him as he was quite annoying and dull. After watching the opening act I just figured I would ignore him which worked a treat.
Normally in this type of gig I would bring some new ideas for routines or pull out some old material to see if I can bring something new to it. I was way too tired for this gig though and instead stuck to a pretty straight forward set list:
Car Crash in Adelaide
Fix Your Flaws
Invite Who You Want To Parties
Being An Arsehole
Little Boy Joke
Tripping and Farting
Laughing at a Funeral
Laughing in Greek Class
The Acid Story
I did my best but I wasn't feeling this gig at all. It was very much a job this night and in the end that it is okay. I was feeling low in energy but mustered up enough to still pump out roughly 35 minutes of material. I didn't feel I learned anything or will take anything from this gig other than I did my job. This happens rarely but when it does the best thing you can do is not panic, just stick to the basics and you'll be fine. Also since I stuck to the basics I didn't give any room for the Canadian to interrupt me and was quite happy to watch him wander off at one point, quite clearly frustrated that I had no interest in engaging with him.
After the gig some of the punters were very enthusiastic in their platitudes about the show and that is a good sign. If you're not quite feeling it but still deliver a funny headline spot then you can walk away feeling good about where you're at. If I had under delivered then I would have had to reassess the night but I stuck the landing and that is enough. Tomorrow night I'll aim to bring something new to the table and get a bit more inspiration into the show. For now though I think my bed is calling to me to sleep and hopefully a good night of sleep can get me back on track.
14th of August, 2013