2014 Gig Ninety Eight: Comedy Funhouse

Before we go any further check this photo out:  

G'day little fella.

 

I don't know what it was about this guy but I immediately wanted to sit next to him and just shoot the shit.  I think he would have done some stuff in his life and would have the requisite interesting stories to share.  These are pretty much the thoughts that travel through my human brain on a regular basis.

Last night's gig at Dave O'Neil's Comedy Funhouse is one that I don't feel I've ever quite mastered.  It is a good room that is set up to succeed and Dave does a great job of hosting it each week.  I'm not quite certain why I've never had the type of gig there that would make me happy.  I feel like I have consistently done well but never to my full ability. I'm guessing it is like an AFL player who plays well at all the grounds but can't get his head around the SCG.

Yesterday morning I had to go to the doctor to get something checked out that had originally returned an inconclusive result.  This was at the beginning of the year and we had to wait six months before we could check it out again.  I wouldn't say it has been playing on my mind constantly but it has definitely been niggling a little.  As the date approached that I had to have my next lot of tests there was a slight rise in anxiety over this.  A few of my friends have endured some bad luck of late and there was a fear I would become another part of that bad luck narrative.  Luckily for me the results came in and they were tip top.  Maybe I'll talk about it onstage at some point but I'll leave the details here for another time.

Suffice to say that happened in the morning, put me in a pretty good mood and then from about lunch onwards I felt pretty tired.  I spent the rest of the afternoon attempting to rest and find the energy to motivate myself for the gig but if I'm being honest I arrived at Dave's gig feeling fatigued.  Unfortunately that meant I continued my streak of good yet not great gigs at the Funhouse.  That is really annoying!  Anyway, here's the set list for you to pick over.

 

Little Boy At Wedding

“I Don’t Give A Hoot”

Hushed Angry Conversations

The Kid At Captain America

Biker Corporate Gig

 

There was nothing wrong with this gig and my performance was fine.  After finishing I just felt like I was slightly underdone on the night and that I didn't quite have the same energy that I would normally bring to a gig.  Sometimes there is nothing you can do about this and it was just one of those situations.  I had pencilled in this gig to really take a step up but in the end failed to meet my objectives.  I was fine.  I did my job.

 

Dave O'Neil smashing it at the beginning of the night.

 

The highlight of the night for me was Tom Gleeson.  He is firing on all cylinders at the moment and I don't believe I've ever seen him better.  Tom has been a great comedian for a number of years but he's taken an even bigger step forward and I find what he talks about onstage to be interesting and inspiring.  His take down of a dude sitting in the front who kept taking his phone out to check the rugby scores was a thing of beauty.  When he took the dudes phone away (and the dude was a biggish dude) and threw it to one side I may have popped a kidney with delight.  It was hilarious, masterful and an example of someone in complete control of their craft.

 

Gleeson just before he took the "dude's" phone away.

 

In the end I had a fun night hanging with the comedians and having a gig that was fine. I didn't quite take it where I wanted it to go for whatever reasons but it was by no means a bad gig on my behalf. I just wanted to be better than I was.  At the very least I had a good time and considering I had good news earlier in the day that is a part of the win.  Sometimes you have to be content with that.  Having a good time at your place of work is definitely a win even if I wasn't quite satisfied with my performance.  It gives me something to aim for the next time I return to Dave's room.

 

Justin Hamilton

20th of June, 2014

Fitzroy North