Gig 143: The Comic's Lounge

Tom Gleeson sent this to me earlier today:  



There are some obvious joys that come with a childish sense of humour.

Last night's gig was another matter.  I definitely felt off last night.  The week had caught up with me and I would have enjoyed nothing more than staying in.  This is where the job kicks in though and you have to suck it up.  Even though I was tired I had work to do and made my way down to the Lounge.

When you're feeling tired the best thing you can do before a gig is have some quiet time just to go over your notes and prepare for the gig.  Unfortunately there were a few comedians on the bill that I hadn't seen for a while who were up for a chat.  Even though it came from a nice place I could have used some prep time but by the time it was ready for the gig to begin I'd had no time to myself.  I felt sick onstage, clammy and overall just a trifle yuck.  I felt like my performance gave off the air of exhaustion.

Here's the set list:


First Bracket

Country Folk vs Inner City Living

"Hey, Be Careful!"

Soldiers Are Funny:  Chook

Doctor Karl and Ben Gillies

Afghanistan:  Worst Sentence Ever

Bronzing Up

Turning 41 Is A Bit Shitter

Turning 40

Invite To Parties

Tripping and Farting


Second Bracket

Gym Story

Hairy Baby

No Need To Share All Your Opinions

Watching Movies Out Of Context


Third Bracket

Glitter in Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses



As you can see the material is all over the place.  I had a lot of trouble concentrating onstage and found myself picking through pieces at random.  The problem was that I had to run around the past two days with other errands (sorting out a new phone after the last one was stolen, sorting out a ticket snafu for The Shelf, registering The Shelf for the 2014 MICF season etc) and because of that I hadn't given myself enough time to prepare for the gig.  When preparing it is wise to set aside some time where I can think through how I am going to tackle the gig and I hadn't found the time to do this.

If I had been feeling better it probably would have been not so bad but considering I'm still feeling under the weather it would have been nice to put aside some time to even have a sleep.  At one point during my opening bracket I could feel my sinuses block and my throat begin to itch.  To say that it is distracting is a mild understatement.  As the gig progressed I felt like I was doing my job but by the skin of my teeth.  I was quite grateful that I wasn't headlining as I think it would have been a challenge last night.


Dave Thornton was the headliner at the show.


Today is feeling better than yesterday though so that is a plus.  I'm not back at the Comic's Lounge until Friday night so that hopefully gives me some extra time to get the energy levels back up.  One thing I should mention was my bad eating skills. Sometimes when I'm sick the last thing I feel like doing is eating anything but this worked against me for the show as I could hunger pains kicking in onstage.  This is a rarity in my line of work.  I can't honestly remember the last time that has happened to me.  I've been starving after gigs but during is rare indeed.  I have to maintain a vigilance when it comes to things like this.  On the plus side I hopefully lost some weight so who cares if I pass out onstage, right?

Tonight I'm off to be a guest at the Splendid Chaps sold out live podcast and then it is back to treading the boards at the Lounge for Friday and Saturday night.  Fingers crossed I am as close to tip top health as possible, if not for any other reason other than it is just tedious being sick.


Justin Hamilton

21st of November, 2013

Fitzroy North