So it is all done. My final gig for the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was the Moosehead Gala where I was up second in the second half sandwiched between two of my favourite comedians Celia Pacquola and Hannah Gadsby. I had done a little planning in the lead up to the final night because sometimes you can be so busy concentrating on your solo show that you forget to pick material that is quite conducive to the night. It is easy to pick a routine that works beautifully in your show but doesn't have the right context in a five minute spot. You can also be a bit too relaxed and just pick material you performed the year before. I attempted to pick a set that would get me in and out with minimum fuss and would be (fingers crossed) entertaining. This is the set list I chose:
"Hey, Be Careful"
I Stopped A Fight
Hushed Angry Conversations
The opening routine is about me agreeing to go to Afghanistan to perform and the reaction of my friend Abigail. It allowed me to set up quickly and give the audience enough time to get used to me before hitting hard with three quick jokes. I then segued into material about confrontation which allowed me to tell my "hurling pie" story. Once again it is punchy story and I could hit hard with plenty of jokes. Finally the story about the couple having an argument in public but attempting to whisper the whole deal has been going down a treat in the show and I hoped it would be a good one to finish on.
The whole spot went down well with three applause breaks so that was a relief. You hate to have a bad gig at the best of times but especially at the Moosehead Awards and even more so on the final night of the Festival. You want to finish well so that is the last memory. After the gig I hung out with a few friends and jumped back and forth between a few venues where everybody was hanging out. The highlight of the night was the standing ovation Denise Scott received from all the people who work for or are looked after by Token Artists. It was a thrill to see Denise and I loved the reaction she received upon arriving. What a legend. I wanted to say hi to her but there were so many people around I didn't want to crowd her. There's a fine line between being effusive in praise and giving someone a panic attack. By the time I reached the Hi Fi Bar I had a look around and figured, "I reckon if I stay tonight I could make a terrible mistake." What type of mistake? I have no idea. I just felt it wasn't going to get any better than this for me and I did my best ghostie just gliding up the stairs and out into the night.
That brings an end to the Melbourne Comedy Festival editions of this blog. I'm going to take some time off and to recharge and get some new ideas into me before I perform for a bit. Thank you to everybody who reads this blog. I really appreciate you taking the time out to visit this site, you're the best. I'll be back soon with more gigs and our lead up to the Edinburgh Fringe. Thanks to everybody who wrote to me and came to the shows as well. I don't take it for granted that you're going to come along and when you do I am grateful and very happy. Until then stay crazy!
21st of April, 2014