Last night was a good opportunity for me to catch up with my friend Michael Brown. We'd worked together at The Comedy Store back in the day and he now has a new room out at Balmain. Not only did he book me to headline the club but he also went well out of his way to provide me and Nick Cody with a lift. It was beyond the call of duty but made our nights so much easier. Good News Week legend Mikey Robbins was the host and it has been fun watching him perform more stand up. I have mainly worked with Mikey on television when I was a guest on his show but in the last couple of years we've been on the live circuit and it has been fun watching him work his act out. There are so many different facets to comedy that you think you can easily parlay your experience in one medium to another but it doesn't work that way. You can be a great TV comedian and struggle live. You can be an excellent stand up comedian and be lost on radio. I would say that I am at my best live, I'm not bad at radio and then I'm okay on TV. This is all in relation to how much experience I have in the three mediums. TV is the place I have appeared the least so it would make sense this would be my least preferred medium. If I was a tennis player I would definitely excel on hard courts but I would probably struggle at the French Open.
Last night's gig was a good opportunity to perform a longer set. The set list was as follows:
Country Folk vs Inner City Living
Car Crash in Adelaide
Invite to Parties
Being an Arsehole
Little Boy Joke
Tripping and Farting
No Need To Give All Your Opinions
Watching Movies Out of Context
Glitter in Invitations
People Wearing Your Glasses
It was nice to stretch out onstage and have time to play a little more. What isn't apparent from the set list is that there was quite a bit of ad libbing in the show that revolved around things that had happened earlier in the night and just stuff inspired by the room itself. The actual room is a strange one in design, you can see a bit of the weirdness in the photo above with the booths right in the middle of where you're performing. It still works though because Michael takes the time to set the room up correctly and makes certain that everyone is focused on the stage.
One of the good signs about this new room is that it is already beginning to produce some regular punters and that is always a good sign. There was one handsome gentleman with a shock of white hair who glided up the stairs early in the piece and when Michael pointed out that he was a regular I was gladdened to see that he took a seat up close. He was quite clearly a man who was invested in the night.
It has also been good to see Nick Cody perform recently since he has just returned from Afghanistan. It is always fun to see someone who has had a similar experience bring their comedic chops to a topic. I have stopped performing my material about Afghanistan in recent months but that is because I am going to sit down with it and re-work it for next year's festival show. There was a story that I had only told once and that is going to be the basis of the new Afghanistan material. Next year's show will consist of three stories and my time in the war zone makes up one of them. I'm looking forward to returning home to Melbourne next week so I can begin breaking the back on this new show.
24th of October, 2013