Gig 35: The Comic's Lounge

The second night at the Lounge was another sold out show. Even though I'm as busy as ever I am feeling a lot more relaxed due to the fact that I don't have to sell tickets to a solo show.  This pressure is not something I've ignored in the past but it is quite surprising to discover just how much of a toll it can take on individuals during the Comedy Festival.  With the pleasure of being able to turn up to the Lounge, perform the material I enjoy performing and knowing it will be sold out without me having to lift a finger, I feel lighter than I normally would.

Also knowing that I don't have to worry about whether reviewers are coming to my show or worst, a bad review could torpedo my hard work, it turns out stand up comedy can be really fun.  Who knew?  I attended the opening night of Lessons with Luis, a show that I am also directing.  It is a fun show that also uses some very clever sleight of hand and apart from some minor hiccups, it was a successful opening night. They'll continue to tighten the show from here and is definitely worth seeing, especially for the closing number and how handsome they look in their....well, you just should just go and see the show.

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

Tripping and Farting

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



The audience was great, one that enjoyed applauding the end of routines.  I think I enjoyed about half a dozen applause breaks in my set which has probably set me up for disappointment tonight.  I'll have to remember not to berate the crowd  if they're only laughing at my jokes.  When you get an audience this good you have to file it away in the back of your memory for the next time you have a tough gig so you can tap into it and remind yourself you don't suck!



It has been interesting over the past two nights to find the Tram Story weaving back into my setlist.  I performed that routine once in Afghanistan and felt that maybe I was done with it.  Then it just popped out the past two nights and not only has it hit the mark it has also reminded me just how much fun it is to perform.  It is a routine that works better on a big stage too because it has some sections that utilise the whole front of the stage.  If you've seen the routine before it is the Tetris part of the story where people are crammed in on the tram and then later where I act out everyone on the tram noticing the confrontation taking place at the front.

Still a lot of work to do, I'm off to see Kate McLennan and Wes Snelling's show tonight, I am currently writing my first piece for Fan Fiction Comedy for this Sunday, I am writing a piece for the Herald Sun which I will tell you about soon, booking in and co-ordinating the next show for The Shelf on Monday, publish a new episode of "Helliar and Hammo Dig Flicks!" and a secret project for the end of the Festival that I am directing.

When people ask me if I'm enjoying taking the Festival off I can't help but laugh.  I might be without a solo show to promote but the 8am starts and 1am finishes are feeling far removed from a holiday at the moment.

Justin Hamilton

29th of March, 2013

Fitzroy North