2015 Blog 11:  Gigs 60 - 61 Public Bar and Imperial Comedy

A small blog to keep you up to date before we hit the marathon that is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

I had such a brilliant time in Adelaide at the Fringe Festival but toward the end of my run I was beginning to feel that the show was becoming "too locked in".  What I mean by that was it starting to lack the early improvisation that made the first part of the run so much fun.  I've approached this season unlike any other and have completely eschewed any script writing.  Normally I have a 50-50 regime of working material out onstage and writing at home but this show has been 100% worked out on the stage. By putting aside the writing of any scripts it has allowed the show to breathe and grow in ways that have felt totally organic.  In short it has been fun.

When I realised the show was beginning to fit together a little too seamlessly I decided when I returned to Melbourne I would ignore the show completely until opening night. I had also decided to avoid all gigs and was quite excited by the idea of hitting opening night with the show barely outlined in my memory.  I figured that if I went in with some gaps in my memory I might find some new ideas on the stage that would give the show a new energy.

I returned to Melbourne on the Monday and by the next Saturday I was enjoying my time away from the stage.  I received a request from my friend Steele Saunders letting me know that a spot had popped up at his excellent room at the Public Bar and would I be interested in filling it.  I love performing in that room a lot and it was a great line up so I said yes.  A packed room that was there to see such great acts like Fleety, Adam Richard, Claire Hooper, Daniel Connell and Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall and it was a great gig to blow out some cobwebs.  My set list was:

Mum's Cat

2015 NYE Resolution

Abs or Happiness?

Gym Work

Snacks Song

"Entitled to My Opinion"

Islamic Writing

Bjork CD

Scout Gig

On the Tuesday night I was hosting a mega line up at the Imperial Hotel.  It was full of local acts and overseas performers who were trying out material they would use in the Gala the following night.  This meant this show ended up being very much a mini Gala in itself but much more affordable and actually more fun.  Yes, I'm saying this mini Gala was better than any Gala you could see because it is a real gig and not something that is designed for people sitting at home.  Stand up is always better in person, right?  Right.

This is the line up for the show:  Sara Pascoe, Mike Wilmot, Tommy Dassalo, Catherine Ryan, Dane Baptiste, CJ Delling, Dil Jayasinha, Adam Hills, Adam Richard, Corey White, Greg Behrendt, Victoria Healy, Phil Wang, Wyatt Cenac, Katerina Vrana, Milton Jones and Alex Edelman.  Since it was such a long night I had to do my best to keep it tight so I went with the following:

First Bracket

Mum's Cat

2015 NYE Resolution

Abs or Happiness?

Gym Work

Snacks Song

"Entitled to My Opinion"

Islamic Writing

Bjork CD

Scout Gig

Second Bracket

I Can't Drink Anymore

Before the Internet

Guido

I also managed to throw in a very small new routine (possibly more of a joke at the moment than a routine) between two acts that is for the moment entitled "Grains!" It was a brilliant night at the Imperial Hotel that I predict after this festival will be known throughout Melbourneas one of the premier rooms for not only comedy but fantastic nights where you can see the new acts rubbing shoulders with the established comics. Personally the highlight of the night was seeing people like Dil, Corey, Tommy, CJ and Victoria not only sharing a stage with some great overseas acts but also doing more than holding their own.

Two great gigs to get slowly back into shape before the grind of the MICF really kicks in.

 

Justin Hamilton

29th of March, 2015

Fitzroy North