Gig 145: The Comic's Lounge

This was my final night at The Comic's Lounge for the year.  I've had a really good run with this venue having performed there 27 times throughout the year.  I would consider myself pretty lucky to have had that many opportunities there in one year but I think it also speaks to how important it is to be able to diversify what you do.  If I couldn't host I would have missed out on about half a dozen gigs right off the bat.  Also I was prepared at the beginning of the year to go down and do some open mic spots to get myself back into rhythm after taking the Christmas period off.  That number is bumped up due to my headlining during the Comedy Festival as well.  Still I've had a great year there and do my best to not take it for granted. With that in mind I was determined to stick with the flow that I had created over the past couple of nights.  The second and third brackets were being adhered to as those spots are smaller and need to get in and hit quickly before bringing on the acts.  The opening bracket was giving me 20 minutes at the start of the show so I had time to not only set up the night but also get into a flow.

 

Here are the set lists:

 

First Bracket

Country Folk vs Inner City Living

Turning 41 Is A Bit Shitter

Girl On The Tram

Phone or Stairs

"I Don’t Give A Hoot!”

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

Performed for the Troops

“Hey, Be Careful!”

March on ANZAC Day

Code Alert

Doctor Karl and Ben Gillies

Soldiers Are Funny:  Chook

Nervous Because of Documentaries

Suicide Bomber in Kabul

Camp Taliban

Afghanistan:  Worst Sentence Ever

Bronzing Up

 

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

Spooning

 

A close up shot of Luke McGregor killing in the support spot.

 

This was another excellent night at the Lounge.  It was a bit rowdier than the previous night but that audience was excellent.  Whereas Friday night's crowd felt like a unified mass this Saturday night crowd felt like separate groups enjoying the show in their separate groups way.  There was nothing wrong with this but it meant I had to be a bit tricky to help get the audience's full attention.  There was a lot of dropping the mic to lower on my chest so the audience suddenly couldn't hear me as well.  That usually entices punters to lean in so they can hear and in that moment you have them paying attention.  Sometimes I'd take a pause that was almost too long and that would stop people form chatting as they'd wonder what would be happening onstage.  All these little techniques help to focus your audience and are great tricks to have in your back pocket.

I threw in a little more new in the opening and feel like it is all starting to take form.  I have more trial shows this week and will take that opportunity to build on the material that I have been working on.  Hopefully by the beginning of December I will have an idea of the shape of next year's show and then can begin to tinker on that over the summer break. In fact I think my break this year will be small compared to last year as I feel I have quite a bit of work ahead of me.  I'll have to plan to take a holiday some time mid year to make up the lack of break over summer.

Otherwise a fine last gig at the Lounge for the year.  To Dan, Grant Lee and the rest of the gang there, thanks for looking after me and I look forward to playing in Melbourne's premier comedy venue at some point in 2014.

 

Justin Hamilton

25th of November, 2013

Fitzroy North