2014 Gig Ninety One: The Comic's Lounge

It was jammed packed at the Comic's Lounge last night with punters lining the bar at the back of the room.  There was a volatile vibe in the air that felt tricky to harness but was also exciting to feel onstage.  Once I had the room under control it felt like I could have used my powers for evil and therefore had to suppress the urge to declare war on a neighbouring establishment just for the fun of it.  When I was younger the vibe there would have been a little intimidating but as I've gotten older I recognise the energy in the room and know how to feed of it. Out the back we had a slightly different line up.  Firstly there was no Brad Oakes thus ruining the triptych of photos we had taken over two of the previous three nights.  This lead to Dave Thornton and I wondering:

 

Where's Oaksey?

 

Normally at the Lounge there are a couple of guests in the first bracket and a longer support act in the second.  Last night things were a little different and instead we had a line up that looked like this:

 

More acts doing smaller guest spots.

 

What I like about having more acts performing smaller spots is that it lends the night a sense of speed.  You're giving the audience a lot of different looks and on a night when it is packed all the way to the back you don't want your audience to settle in too much. Once they settle you can lose the people who are the furthest from the stage and so I felt the night worked beautifully.  I was chatting with Ashley backstage and while of course it is more fun to headline and craft a longer set there is something exciting about getting onstage and just knocking out a bunch of jokes in rapid succession.

Since there were so many people in the audience I decided to stick closely to the set I used the night before with a few routines dropped to help tighten my spots.  If you read the previous blog you know I lost track of how long I had performed onstage Friday night and with a bigger audience and more acts I didn't want to make the same mistake twice. This is what the set lists ended up looking like:

 

 

Set List One

 

Riffing With The Audience

“I Don’t Give A Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

Turning 40

Invite To Parties

Hairy Baby

 

Set List Two

 

Tripping and Farting

The Kid At Captain America

Glitter In Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

Set List Three

 

Gym Story

 

I found the night to fly by and that may have been for a few reasons.  First up the audience had a great energy and it was easy to feed off that.  There were also plenty of comedians backstage so it meant there were opportunities to just hang out and have some company.  I hadn't had the opportunity to hang out with Ashley before so that lead to some fun times backstage.  There were some in jokes thrown about onstage as well specifically a couple aimed at Richard Marks and Thorno.  They were little challenges set for me to slip in onstage without the audience noticing and while they're incredibly childish it makes for a lot of laughter backstage.  What were the in jokes?  You'd have to ask Marksy and Thorno about that.

 

Butter wouldn't melt in these idiot's mouths, right?

 

It was an excellent end to the week and more fun than you should have at your workplace. It is easy to get down about how things are working out in comedy but you have to step away from the politics and the general bullshit to remind yourself that the job is a lot of fun and it is a privilege to be in a position to make a living from telling jokes.  Thorno is one of my favourite people on the scene and when I was asked whether I wanted to headline the previous week or host for Thorno I jumped at the chance.  It gave me an extra opportunity to work on certain skills (my talking to the audience skills have been improving a little with each gig) and also be able to hang out with a good friend that I don't get to see too often.

Then you take into account all the lads that work at the Lounge especially Dan (Go Heat!) and it made for yet another successful and fun run at the biggest and most successful venue in the country.  I'm already looking forward to the next time I can get back to the Lounge and be in a position to grace the stage.

 

Justin Hamilton

8th of June, 2014

Fitzroy North