Gig 34: The Comic's Lounge

Last night I began my residency at The Comic's Lounge. For the past 12 years I have written a brand new show for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival without missing a beat.  This all changed last year when I decided to take a break from the Festivals with my show "The Goodbye Guy". This was a show that wrapped up a lot of topics and characters who had been appearing in my solo shows over the past few years.  It was time to do something new.  I think the next solo show (one that I have just begun working on) will find a place somewhere in the world outside of festivals.  I like the idea of writing a show that takes 45 minutes or 90 minutes, a show that can find how long it needs to tell the story and not feel confined by having another show on before and after me.  That is why most stand up shows last an hour:  it is an arbitrary number dictated by the necessity of booking a venue that has to accommodate many shows.  An hour long show with fifteen minutes to bump in and out slots together nicely.  I have no idea when this new solo show will appear and how long it will last but when I do know I will announce it here.

Since I'm not performing a solo show this year I feel pretty relaxed.  The festival brings out the best and worst traits of comedians and I have been no exception in the past.  This year I just wander down to The Comic's Lounge, hang out with the comedians on the bill (Monty Franklin is hosting and Anthony Salame is the first feature) and then headline the night around 10.15pm.  I don't have to try to get an audience in.  I don't have to promote.  I just turn up and do my job, one where I can pick out my favourite material to perform with no stress of whether it is brand new or a couple of years old. Yay!


This was my setlist:


Partying during the week

Turning 40

Car Crash in Adelaide

Hairy Baby

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

Gym Conversation

Breaking Up Through History

Tram Story

Getting Angry as I Get Older

No Need to Share All Your Opinions

Glitter in Invitations

People wearing your glasses




First night up I just wanted to have some fun.  I'd already attended a show that I'd been helping out with, Tegan Higginbotham's new show "Touched By Fev" (which is excellent by the way, a real step up from last year's show.  Anyone who saw her set at the opening night of The Shelf this season will know what I'm talking about) and by the time we'd finished discussing and dissecting her opening night I decided to walk from the city for my gig.  It was a relaxed night, a full house and a great audience.

At this point I think it is going to be a fun festival.  Without any real stresses to worry about I think this might be the most Zen I have felt at this time of year.  As Wil Anderson said to me this morning, "You've really figured this festival shit out."  At least for one year I feel pretty confident in replying, "Yes!"

Justin Hamilton

27th of March, 2013

Fitzroy North