We start a new week of gigs back at The Marion Hotel only this time I'm hosting. After a week of headlining it is nice to be back in a different role where I can stretch some different comedy muscles. I have a fair bit of hosting coming up throughout June and this will be a good opportunity to rework some material into shorter spots. It is good to have tight pieces that you can use at any given moment especially between acts. Sometimes as a host you're required to bring an audience back up to speed or to help change the mood so the following act has every opportunity to succeed. This week will be a great opportunity to get the required routines into working (hosting) order. It also felt like a very different audience from the week before. On the night I was headlining it appeared to be a more comedy savvy audience that gave you room to play out with ideas and conventions. Last night's audience were a good focussed crowd but they appeared to take a little while to get into how the show would work. I'm not passing judgement on this, it just meant that my approach was different to the previous week. As an example I had planned on reading out my fan fiction comedy piece based on the movie "Noah" but I scrapped this idea because it felt like the explanation of what fan fiction is might have taken the momentum away from the story. I'll save that for another day, perhaps this week at the Rhino Room.
With all of that in mind we can take a look at the set list. Last night consisted of three brackets and my aim as host was to do my job, keep it tight and make certain the night rolled along smoothly:
Set List One
Partying During the Week
Car Crash In Adelaide
Invite To Parties
Fix Your Flaws
Little Boy Joke
Set List Two
Watching Movies Out of Context
Glitter In Invitations
People Wearing Your Glasses
Set List Three
“I Don’t Give A Hoot”
Hushed Angry Conversations
What you can't see from the set lists is that there was a fair amount of audience interaction. It is has been an aspect of my stand up that I have let slide over the past few years because for the most part it hasn't interested me. Invariably when I have hit the stage I have had specific goals in mind in regard to my stand up so it was easier to let that part of my skill set slide. I'm also not a big fan of of that style as I feel there are only a handful of comedians that I've watched that are actually quite good at it.
I think it is an important skill to have though so I have decided with this week of gigs that I will do my best to talk to the audience more. While it isn't something that I think I'll use all the time it would definitely come in handy for corporate gigs or even just normal shows where that could come in handy. Last night had some good stuff in it, not groundbreaking but definitely good enough to warrant having a go.
I'm also in the process of seeing if there are some parts of my routines that can work in short spots. It comes in handy to know that a piece can really work in a two minute spot especially if you need to pump something out while hosting. Sometimes you have to perform material after someone has struggled or killed to help reset a room and if you can do so in a short amount of time that can keep the night rolling. Once again this is a good week to test some of this out.
I thought the Adelaide comedians did an excellent job as well. Matt Vesely, Rich Naberhood, Lewis Dowell and Leigh Qurban got in, hit hard and scored some big laughs in the process. I've especially been impressed with some of the younger comics coming through the scene with Matt and Lewis showing a lot of promise. I've had the opportunity to gig three times with Leigh as well and think there is some real talent there. He has an old school charm that has a touch of the Dave Thornton's about him if Dave was a bit "bigger" in his performance. I've enjoyed watching Leigh a lot and think the Adelaide scene should keep an eye on him.
George Kapiniaris is the headliner for the week and is the consummate professional. George's audience loves him and he nails his performance every time. He is also a top bloke and I think it should be a nice week of performing with George. Tonight we're at the Tea Tree Gully Hotel and that will provide yet another opportunity to work out some relatively new approaches to the way I host.
29th of May, 2014