2015 BLOG 21:DeathStar Canteen and The Comic's Lounge GIGS 133 – 137

Here we go with a new website!

After years of faithful service it was time for this site to make a Doctor Who like regeneration into something new and shiny.  I'll still be the same Justin Hamilton but there will be less of the lovey dovey stuff and more grizzled appreciation from me to my companions.  This analogy falls completely flat if you have no interest in Doctor Who but I'm guessing the majority of you will have an inkling as to what I am rabbiting on about up the top here.  A big thank you to Garth Jones who not only put all of this together but provides artwork for my festival posters and the art for The Shelf.

Let's get to the gigs!

On the last week of June I stopped in at "Death Star Canteen" as this was the final night that Travis Nash will be booking the regular show there. Trav has been a pal of mine for a long time now going back to our Adelaide days and he's been doing a great job week in and out over at Caz Reitops.  I literally headed in to see how he was doing and acknowledge the work he's achieved.  It is difficult running a room but seeing a bunch of comics get up and talk about how he gave them one of their first experiences onstage was fantastic.  Trav even closed the night doing a spot himself which was very funny and 100% Trav Nash.  

Trav asked me if I would jump up so as a last minute opportunity I played around with some stories from my past that were all under the banner of, "Thank God smart phones weren't around to film this when I started". The set list was:

 

24th of June:  Death Star Canteen

 

Bunta Boys:  Burn in Hell

Bunta Boys:  Quentin

 

I had another week off from performing before I started a run at The Comic's Lounge with Tom Gleeson headlining and Damien Power doing support.  It has been nice to take time away from the stage and I felt pretty relaxed at these gigs.  The gigs themselves were really great with not much difference in the way they were received from one night to the next. As per usual once I settled on a set list I kept it pretty tight with few changes over the four gigs.  If you're hosting and you know you're coming in on time I find it is best to keep it similar over the course of the run just to make certain that the rest of the acts can rely on how you're performing.

Having said that there were little wrinkles to each show that made them stand out.  First up:

 

1st of July:  The Comic’s Lounge

 

1st Bracket

 

Kid at Wedding

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

Can’t Drink Anymore

Before the Internet

 

2nd Bracket

 

Invite to Parties

Hairy Baby

Glitter In Invitations

Watching Movies Out of Context

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

3rd Bracket

 

“I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

 

The gig itself was great with a little bit of verbal gymnastics required at the beginning.  As I was about to launch into my piece about not drinking anymore a young fella at the front of the audience piped up and told me he also didn't drink anymore and at the age of 19 had just come out of rehab. Now I didn't want to use him as a punchline or be flippant but I also had 500 people in the audience who definitely weren't up for a serious conversation about how a young guy had ended up in this situation.  I had to speak to him plainly, quickly and then move on with as little fuss as possible.  During the first break I had a quick chat with him so I could explain I wasn't ignoring what he had to say but I had a responsibility to the rest of the show.  We had a talk that included his Mum and another woman at the table (possibly an older sister?) and then it was back to the show.  It is difficult in those situations to not be dismissive but also not get caught in a black hole that takes away the momentum of the opening of the night and in the end I thought it went fairly well.

On the Thursday night it was another packed audience.

 

2nd of July:  The Comic’s Lounge

 

1st Bracket

 

Kid at Wedding

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

NYE Woman

Abs or Interesting

Happiness

Gym

Snacks Song

“I’m Entitled To My Opinion.”

Adam Goodes and Racism

Scouts Gig

 

2nd Bracket

 

Invite to Parties

Hairy Baby

Glitter In Invitations

Watching Movies Out of Context

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

3rd Bracket

 

Bjork CD

“I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

 

I enjoyed this show a lot because I was able to work in some new material up the top.  I decided that it would become a part of my regular set for the next two nights but since it dealt with AFL and after the horrific and sad events in Adelaide (if you're from overseas and don't know what I'm talking about click here.)  I thought it would be prudent to drop any AFL references for the next two shows.  I don't know if I may have been over thinking it but I thought it best to err on the side of caution.

So on the Friday the set list was:

 

3rd of July:  The Comic’s Lounge

 

 

1st Bracket

 

Kid at Wedding

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

Before The Internet

NYE Woman

Abs or Interesting

Happiness

Gym

Snacks Song

“I’m Entitled To My Opinion.”

Bjork CD

Scouts Gig

 

2nd Bracket

 

Hairy Baby

Glitter In Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

3rd Bracket

 

 “I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

 

This gig was a little different because there was no comedian in the first bracket so it was all left to me.  That meant I could throw in an extra five minutes which gave me some breathing room to have a little more fun. Another packed night was followed by the final gig on the Saturday:

 

4th of July:  The Comic’s Lounge

 

 

1st Bracket

 

Kid at Wedding

20s, 30s, 40s

Hurt My Back

Before The Internet

NYE Woman

Abs or Interesting

Happiness

Gym

Scouts Gig

 

2nd Bracket

 

Invite to Parties

Hairy Baby

People Watching Movies Out of Context

Glitter In Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses

Spooning

 

3rd Bracket

 

 “I Don’t Give a Hoot!”

Hushed Angry Conversation

 

As you can see not much changed over the course of the four nights and the audiences were all fantastic.  I especially enjoyed the Saturday night as they felt a little rowdier and there was an electricity in the audience that was important to harness.  Apart from minor changes here and there it was a rock solid week of gigs.  Damien did some excellent work and Gleeson proved once again why he's one of the best in the country.  It was an excellent week to get back into performing mode as I lead up to a busy end of the month and flat out August.

 

Justin Hamilton

11th of July, 2015

Fitzroy North