2014: Gig Thirty Five: Adelaide Fringe, Gig Thirty Six: The Late Show, Gig Thirty Seven: Rhino Room

After spending the morning writing blogs and promoting my podcast "Can You Take This Photo Please?" I was off into the city to check out a couple of shows.  First up was the always charming Gordon Southern:  

Gordon Southern at his matinee show at The Rhino Room.

 

Then it was time for the very funny Tiffany Stevenson:

 

Tiffany was also appearing at the Rhino Room.

 

Then it was time for me to motor down to the Garden of Unearthly Delights.  The weather has taken a turn here in Adelaide and I hadn't quite realised how much colder and darker it had become until I reached the Garden.  This picture was taken around 7.45pm:

 

It felt very Game of Thrones last night as the reminder that winter is coming.

 

With it getting darker and colder I made my way back to my caravan to go over some notes.  It was a long night of gigs ahead so I wanted to make certain that I was on top of everything.  My show went up on time and was another sold out affair.  The set list for the show was:

 

Johnny Loves Mary Forever 1994

 

It has been an interesting week with the show.  Some of the routines have been receiving slightly different responses and I'll have to listen back to some of the recordings to find out why that is so.  One throwaway joke in particular has lost a bit of magic and I don't quite know why.  It isn't an important joke but up until this week it has always received a good response but now appears to have lost some of its bang.  This can happen quite often.  Maybe I've changed the way I deliver the line?  Maybe the joke only had a finite amount of ha ha in it?  I have no idea but I'm going to try it one more time tonight and if it fails again it might be time to set it free.  It is always a little fascinating to have a joke lose some of its charge.

Apart from that the show was rock solid and I have been lucky this week with numbers staying strong.  After a quieter beginning to the week (which was always going to happen after Womadelaide and the Future Music Festival all occurring on a long weekend) the commendation for the show has given it a boost that has really helped with ticket sales. Considering how subjective comedy is I consider myself to be really lucky to receive this extra kick right at the end of the run.

I had about an hour to kill before my next gig down in the Garden so I caught up with Wil Anderson for a chat and a walk before returning to the Little Big Top.  This next late show was a mix of comedy and circus trapeze acts.  Randy the Puppet was the host and I was only required to do a spot.  I watched an incredible display of strength by a woman performing on a rope (I wrote her name down and have subsequently lost it...she was amazing!) and then it was time for my set.  I've been keeping to a simple set list for my late night spots as in the past I've attempted to mix and match, work on new etc.  I've wanted to just have fun this time around hence why very little in the way of change:

 

Turning 40

Car Crash in Adelaide

Invite to Parties

Hairy Baby

Little Boy Joke

Watching Movies Out of Context

Glitter in Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

Randy hosting the show but seems unaware that someone is crouching behind him.

 

I've only noticed that I've been setting up one of favourite routines incorrectly.  I've been performing a routine about people watching movies out of context for about 18 months now.  It comes and goes from the set list but I enjoy performing the piece as it lets me move around the stage and has one of my favourite things to do in a story and that is lay the smack down on an imaginary dude.  It was only last night while walking back to the Garden that I realised that it isn't a routine about people watching movies out of context. It is a routine about people giving their opinions when you haven't asked for it. I guess in hindsight why it has always matched well with another routine about someone giving me their opinion in a JB Hi Fi.  They're two riffs on the same idea.  I wonder if that is why I always introduced the movie routine slightly differently to help differentiate them to myself in my set list.  Anyway, it is such a small thing but I figured I'd introduce it the correct way and while I'm certain it hasn't changed the outcome it still felt like it was a cleaner way into the story.

Then it was time for the Rhino Room where I was on second to last.  I haven't performed at the Rhino Room all Fringe (apart from some tom foolery the previous night...I hadn't performed a proper set though) and it felt good to get up on the last night. Since I hadn't performed at the late show I felt I could just use the material I wanted to play with and not have to second guess that maybe some people in the audience had seen me perform the material at the Late Show already.  I didn't thrown any new material in but it would have been a few months since anyone had seen those routines up there.  It is such a balancing act to do your best and keep it new for people but with the night getting on I just wanted to hit my set hard.  The set list was:

 

Turning 40

Car Crash in Adelaide

Tripping and Farting

Hairy Baby

Little Boy Joke

Watching Movies Out of Context

Glitter in Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

A fun final late show and then a fun late night.  There were so many people at Rhino that I was quite up for talking to but in the end it was time to do a ghosty and I was out of there.  I quite fortuitously bumped into some good friends on the street and we jumped in a cab without saying any goodbyes.  Sometimes it is just easier to disappear than add another hour to making the rounds.  Also with one final show to go tonight and then a long day ahead of me on Monday it was best to get as much rest as possible even at that late a time.

 

Justin Hamilton

16th of March, 2014

Croydon