2015 Blog 18:  New Zealand Comedy Convoy Week Two:  Gigs 117 - 121

Well it turned out to be another great week.

After having Monday to myself in Auckland (where I took full advantage of everything by working, working, working and immersing myself in the Mad Men finale) it was back on the road the next day as we drove to Kerikeri.  One of the many aspects I've enjoyed of this tour is the willingness of all the acts to change the line up every night. You get a different look at the audience depending on where you're placed in the line up and that means you work different muscles for each performance.  On this night I closed the first half and this was the set list:

19th of May:  Kerikeri

Kid at Wedding

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

Hairy Baby

“I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

Glitter in Invitations

People Who Watch Movies Out of Context

People Wearing Your Glasses

“I’m Entitled To My Opinion”

Spooning

It is amazing how much I can't bear the thought of travelling every day for gigs before I take off on tour but once I'm on the tour I can't stand the idea of being stuck in the one place for more than a day.  I get into the groove of whatever it is I'm doing and go from there.  Our next day we had to drive back to Auckland and then fly into Nelson. Another great night and another great gig.  I had changed to opening the second half by this stage and the set list was:

20th of May:  Nelson

Biker Gig

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

Hairy Baby

“I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

Tripping and Farting

Glitter In Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

This was another fun gig with a pretty varied audience ranging in age from young hipsters to cool older people.  Since I have made it a mission to keep our tour manager Felicity entertained by introducing at least one new routine a night it has been fun to go back and throw some older pieces into the set.  It is difficult to make too many changes because if you do you can throw your timing out but one or two routines is easier to manage.

It was a quick drive down to Blenheim and not much changed in the line up for this night. I was on at the top of the second again and pulled out some old material and changed my start around again.

21st of May:  Blenheim

Kid At Cap

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

Hairy Baby

“I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

Girl On A Date At The Theatre

Glitter In Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

It was such a great day that by the time we arrived in Christchurch it gave us enough time for a wander and then it was time for the show.  We performed to over 1,100 people in the Isaac Theatre Royal which was exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly it is always exciting to have an opportunity to perform for stacks of heaps of people.  Secondly Christchurch is the home ofGuy Montgomery so he was in a great position to perform in his home town on the stage he watched other touring acts when he was a young fella. 

Suffice to say this was a monster show and everyone completely nailed it. I was on last so this was the set list:

22nd of May:  Christchurch

Kid At Wedding

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

Hairy Baby

“I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

Breaking Up Through History

Glitter In Invitations

People Watching Movies Out of Context

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

An amazing show, a brilliant audience and all the acts on top of their games.  All the audiences have been fantastic but this one was an absolute belter.  It was difficult to get to sleep that night and the next morning was a mildly sluggish one as we head off for our final stop at Invercargill.  It was the bumpiest flight of the tour and the coldest destination so far.

Since this was our last show on the tour we decided to shake things up a little.  To have a little fun Wrigley wrote all of our names down on pieces of paper so he could draw our names out onstage.  That way we never knew when we were on until we heard our names read out.  It was quite surprising how it got the blood pumping at the start of the show and especially when my name was read out first.  I was a little bit all over the place at the start but it was fun to have that sudden surge of adrenalin and then have to conquer it. By the time I settled in it felt like a normal gig but that first five minutes was a nice moment of chaos.  My set list was:

23rd of May:  Invercargill

Partying During the Week

Hen's Night

Mt Isa

Word In Scrabble

Hairy Baby

“I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

Glitter In Invitations

People Watching Movies Out of Context

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

I also began with some really old material so that probably didn't help with the chaos but it was a lot of fun!  The audience were great too and I was not only pleased to finish on a strong set but also I was done very early.  That meant I was able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the show.

It really has been a great two weeks.  I know between these blogs and the podcasts (if you haven't checked any of them you can find interviews with Steve, Nish and Rose right here. There is one more to come with Guy very soon.) I have been raving about this trip but it has been a lot of fun on and off the stage.  I also found it inspiring to see different approaches to the craft from the gang.  Sometimes it was a reminder of how to do things and sometimes it was just a brand new way.  Also as I said before our tour manager Felicity has been one of a kind and we've been very lucky to have her.

I've always enjoyed my trips to New Zealand in the past but I wonder if maybe I should begin making it a more regular trip?  Hopefully I can work something out so I am back here sooner rather than later.

Justin Hamilton

23rd of May, 2015

Invercargill, New Zealand