The audience at the Comedy Lounge in Surry Hills last night would have to be one of the best looking crowds I've performed to this year. Handsome men alongside gorgeous girls filled the room and I couldn't help but wonder if this would be intimidating for a young comedian. I enjoyed it as it meant there was something pretty for me to look at the whole time I was onstage. Flipping the stereotype on the "beautiful people" was that they were also big laughers who didn't think they were too cool to enjoy comedy. I've performed to those types of audiences before (the Fringe Bar on Oxford Street, Sydney has sometimes had this type of crowd) and they can be as tedious as carrying out a conversation with a teenager. I met up with the delightful Tom Ballard for dinner and then headed into the gig which had a stage that looked like it was from one of the sets of Being Human (UK edition of course!). It was physically a great space to perform in with everyone squeezed in tight around the stage. With a low ceiling the laughter rumbled about the room. This is the set list:
Country Folk vs Inner City Living
Car Crash in Adelaide
Invite to Parties
Fix Your Flaws
Being An Arsehole
Little Boy Joke
Breaking Up Through History
Tripping and Farting
No Need To Share All Your Opinions
Watching Movies Out of Context
I was much happier with this performance than I was the last few. My performance felt sharper and I stuck with a fairly recognisable set list that had enough little detours in it to keep it interesting. In fact the only negative I found in this gig was that I bungled one of my favourite punchlines because I was distracted by someone in the audience who was laughing so hard that her body was shaking. It made me laugh and then I forgot where I was at in the punchline. I discovered I'd misplaced a word and had to think quickly to salvage it. I pulled it out of the fire but it was half as funny as it should have been. That is 100% annoying.
I'd also had a couple of the younger comedians give me a bit of, "Let's see what you can do" attitude and it was exhilarating to be challenged like this. For the most part the Australian comedy scene is like no other in the world. The majority of comedians are pretty supportive and enjoy seeing people do well but there was something a bit old fashioned with the attitude exhibited last night and I loved it. It is amusing to have someone pissing all over their territory and helped me focus on showing what this old dawg can do. Thanks for the inspiration dude I'll probably never meet again!
I have to point out everyone else on the line up was excellent and this little challenge was just a by the by sort of moment. I guess it has been a while since anyone has said anything (to my face at least) so I found it all rather exciting. It is funny having someone let you know that they're putting you to the test especially when you have complete confidence that you are going to succeed. It made an excellent gig really stand out and helped find the concentration I had appeared to be lacking earlier in the run.
21st of March, 2013