2015 Blog 19:  Adelaide Comedy:  Gigs 122 - 124

I have taken great pleasure in pointing out when friends like Lehmo have been "spotted" in the paper having been low profile enough to avoid these types of moments.  Heck, I was even inLehmo's wedding and the Daily Telegraph only referred to me as one of the groomsmen.  Now it is my turn here in Adelaide and I'm expecting all the perks that come along with a suddenly high profile.  Right?  Right.

The first week in Adelaide for the regular gigs has been an opportunity to play around with material and also see if any new ideas might stick that work in the long term.  I have had fun playing with the material that I have but I also didn't want to put any pressure on myself to pull out a new routine in case nothing really evolved.  It is only a few weeks since the end of the festivals so if a new idea worked on the night and only that night then that would be fine.  I have plenty of time to work on whatever next year's show might be.  There is no reason to be down on myself if it doesn't manifest three weeks after I finished with "Snacks!".

I booked these gigs late in the piece so I could come back home to have some fun. That way I could also knock off two weeks of hosting without having a lot of pressure to produce brand new routines that would suit a headline spot. When you host you can play around with material in bite size pieces that allow you to not have to worry how they might fit in a larger whole.

The first show was at the Marion Hotel.  Alice Fraser was the headliner for the week and it has been gratifying to see her rise from an open mic comedian to be able to headline in a relatively short amount of time.  She's also fun to have around so it made for three relaxed gigs.  In fact it was one routine that Alice continued to encourage me into performing, an ad libbed piece that came from this night.  The set list was:

27th of May:  The Marion Hotel

Bracket One

Mad Max Fury

Mum and Cats

Mum and Mildura

Mum and Gay Porn

Bracket Two:

Dick Tickler

Tripping and Farting

666 at Funeral

Vegemite Chocolate

Bracket Three:

Competition Riff

I had a bit of a rant about some men getting upset about the new Mad Max movie. It was okay but was a bit unfocused.  I didn't really set up the premise well enough and may have left a few people behind with the routine.  It was fine to start a night though and I segued into some new stories about Mum and her cats along with some older material I have only recently discovered how much I enjoy performing.

The second bracket started with me borrowing $2 from Adelaide Comedy producer Craig Egan to actually buy one of those little contraptions you find in men's toilets. As you can see it was the Dick Tickler and it turned out it could provide a lot more material than I expected.  This was the routine that Alice encouraged me to perform whenever I could over the next couple of nights.  To be honest I didn't need much prodding.

There is no Thursday night gig in Adelaide at the moment so it was straight to the Rhino Room on the Friday.  We had a big audience who were up for a good night right from the get go.  The set list was:

29th of May:  The Rhino Room

Bracket One

Bunta Boys

Better The Devil You Know

#Hammo Wins

Bracket Two:

Mum and Cats

Mum and Mildura

Bracket Three:

Mum and Gay Porn

"Wheeler Smash!"

Dick Tingler

Kenya West

The audience was so great on Friday night that I felt comfortable finishing the night with a routine that was just an idea before I walked onstage.  It was a belter of a show and what you would expect from the Rhino Room on a Friday night.

On the Saturday though the audience was a little slower to warm.  It might be because the show is just that little bit earlier that it takes a little longer to get into the flow.  It might be because I opened with some material that was a little confronting as well.  I was pretty incensed by the treatment of Adam Goodes (again!) by the media and the crowds so I opened with quite a bit of a rant about the racism that infects a part of our country. It is difficult to get across to an audience that when you say parts of Australia are racist you're not saying everyone is racist.  It really feels in this country that the worst thing you can brand anyone is a racist.  Forget the fact that racist comments fly left, right and centre only to be justified by parts of the media in the most pathetic of ways.  You can't fix something until you embrace that it is broken.  Bah!  Idiots!

Anyway...I opened with that and then segued into some material that was "audience friendly" because as the host you still have to bring some acts on to a warm stage. I have to point out that after the show I had a lot of people talk to me positively about the opening but I could definitely see some people feeling awkward and confronted about it while I was onstage.  The set list was:

30th of May:  The Rhino Room

Bracket One

Kenya West

Adam Goodes War Dance

Can't Call a White Man Racist?

Viv Richards and the Quack

Mum and Cats

Bracket Two:

Mum and Mildura

Bracket Three:

2015 NYE Resolution

Abs or Happiness?

Gym Work

Snacks Song

“Entitled to My Opinion”

Islamic Writing

Bjork CD

Scout Gig

I deliberately opened the third with material that I knew everyone would enjoy and make certain the night finished as positively as possible.  One of the women in the audience who was a little older and quite clearly not having any of my support of Goodes over good white men remarked loudly at the end of the third set, "Now that was fantastic and what I wanted".  I couldn't help but laugh.

So a good week in Adelaide that is about to begin again.  It is Adelaide Comedy's 15th Birthday so we should have fun celebrating at the Marion Hotel and Rhino Room this week.  Come along if you're around.  I'll leave you with this image I took on Instagram. If I was allowed to write season three of True Detective I would have something terrible happen at this station on this type of day.

Justin Hamilton

3rd of June, 2015

Croydon