2015 Blog 20:  Adelaide Comedy:  Gigs 125 - 127

The goals that I set before returning to Adelaide was to have fun and see what came of it. I often find bursts of creativity when returning to my hometown but after the relentlessness of the festival season followed by the tour of New Zealand I didn’t want to burden myself with the pressure of having to come up with any new material. If I came up with some ideas that would be great but if I just had fun with the material I was enjoying performing at this point in time then that would be fine too. My first week in Adelaide was indeed a fun week as I played around with some new ideas. I figured the second week would be an excellent opportunity to see where those new ideas might lead. It looked as if some of the routines I’d played with in the previous week might have some legs and I wanted to give them every opportunity to expand into something a little more substantive. I had also returned to Adelaide for Mum’s birthday and we’d enjoyed a delightful day at a great restaurant to start the week. Mum is a force of nature with a strong personality and a wit to match. She had inspired probably my most well received routine from my show “Smash!” and so I decided to explore our relationship a little more onstage as well. Sometimes you can be too close to comedy gold to realise that it is indeed just that but I’d had quite a few people over the past couple of months talk about how funny they thought the dynamic was so I thought it couldn’t hurt to explore that more as well.  

My second week in Adelaide started at the Marion Hotel and continued on the Friday and Saturday at The Rhino Room. It also coincided with the Adelaide Comedy 15th birthday celebrations. I offered to host for a second week so we could place as many locals on the bill as possible to help in the celebrations. It was a great week and started with this set list at the Marion:

Marion Hotel: 3rd of June   

1st Bracket 

Looking Older Than Photos

Blood and Toner

Can’t Drink Anymore

2nd Bracket

Kenya West

Bunta Boys: Popey and Quentin

Machine at Marion

3rd Bracket

Hairy Baby

There is a distinct possibility that if I put on a solo show next year it will be called “Blood and Toner” and the show will revolve around this routine that discusses my love of smashing inanimate objects when I’m furious. A mouse on a computer, a router, printers…mainly printers…they’re all fair go in my world. When I mentioned that “Blood and Toner” might be the name of the show it garnered a good enough laugh from the audience that it may have just solidified it as the number one choice of title. The “Kenya West” material that had been mentioned in passing the previous week gained some momentum as well. It had the beginning of a side note that talked about the Adam Goodes situation from the previous week. Not enough here to win a mention in the set list but by Friday and Saturday it was a major part of the show.  

No show on Thursday still so we go straight to Friday night. A big, packed room that was switched on from the start of the show. This is what the set list looked like:   

Rhino Room: 5th of June 

1st Bracket

Kenya West

Adam Goodes and Racism

Mum: Cold 

Mum: Furious at Little Things

Mum: Computer Blood and Toner

2nd Bracket 

Lehmo and Hoops School Reunion

Can’t Drink Anymore

3rd Bracket

Hairy Baby

A repeat in the third bracket of the previous night as by this stage I had belted out about 50 minutes of material and I like to start the third bracket as punchy as possible. Punchy with material; not punchy Barry Hall style. The “Kenya West” material had really come together and felt like by the end of this set that it was showing some promise of being a complete routine. I tried a lot of material that revolved around my relationship with Mum and it appeared to strike a good chord with the audience. At the beginning of the second I wanted to tell some stories from the past of the Rhino Room and the “Lehmo and Hoops” story is one of my favourites to tell to people that I’m hanging out with. I had been sitting on the “School Reunion” idea for a while and thought it was a good night and time to check it out. It too showed promise.  

My final night at the Rhino Room was the Saturday show. It begins an hour earlier and you can feel the audience be a little sluggish at the beginning. It is amazing how starting a show at7pm can mean you have to work that much harder to get the night going. Whether they’ve just finished dinner or perhaps have skipped dinner to have it after the show, it just always feels like a mild slog to get the night going. Then again it might just be in the minds of the comedians. We do tend to over analyse things and I’m no exception. Heck, I’m writing this blog. That is more than enough proof about my over analysing credentials. For the final show the set list was pretty similar to the previous night:   

Rhino Room: 6th of June   

1st Bracket

“John! I’m Here!” 

Kenya West

Adam Goodes and Racism

Mum: I’m An Only Child

Mum: Furious at Little Things

Mum: Computer Blood and Toner

2nd Bracket

Lehmo and Hoops School Reunion

3rdBracket

Hairy Baby 

I wanted to use the final show to really explore the material again. I had a couple of other pieces that I wanted to try but time was against me and I had already touched on some of those topics the week before so it was for the best that I avoided them. I was disappointed I accidentally left out the material about being in the cold but that probably gave the rest of the routines more room to breathe. Overall it was another great night and I think the talent on show at the Rhino Room and Marion Hotel shows that the Adelaide scene is as healthy as it has ever been. Personally I’m itching to find some time to get onstage with all of my new material and see how much I actually have. I find with new material you can never be too certain if it material that will last a long time or just a routine that will burn brightly then burn out. I didn’t plan on working up too much new on the visit to Adelaide but once again the city has been good to me and inspired a new bunch of ideas. It will be interesting to see how much of the material makes it to next year or if these jokes will inspire a whole bunch of other ideas later in the year.

Justin Hamilton

11th of June, 2015

Horsham