Gig 50: The Comic's Lounge

And we bring up the 50th gig for the year! Unlike sporting achievements there are no streamers or opportunities to run around the oval or through a banner for your 50th gig for the year.  In fact in big cities like New York or London I am certain a lot of comedians have brought up their fifty in a month.  This is when you realise just how small our scene is when you compare it to those far away places.  The 50th gig is just that.  I wouldn't even have known if it wasn't for this blog. You stop counting your gigs very early in your career.  Or at least you should have!

The day had taken a toll on me as well.  I had to see a movie to review for my job on Botica's Bunch, I had lunch with some young comedians to talk about how to approach their upcoming months after the festival finishes, I had preparation for The Shelf and had to write my blogs before heading to my gig.  There were also quite a few phone calls and emails flying about co-ordinating the Moosehead Gala for the end of the festival.  I managed to find time amongst all of this to upload photos for Joel Tito's show "The Trial and Death of Socrates (No Relation)" and Lessons with Luis' "Famoucity".  You can check them out on Facebook here.

Before I left home I received a message from The Comic's Lounge telling me that Anthony Salame was in Sydney making an appearance on the Footy Show and would I be able to move my spot to the middle bracket.  I was more than fine with this especially with me feeling the fatigue of the day really kicking in.  With me going into the middle bracket Matt Okine and Nick Cody could finish their solo shows and come down to the Lounge to close the night.  I am never fussed by these types of movements and enjoyed being able to watch both of these fine young comics do their thing.


My setlist was nothing new from the previous nights.


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

Getting Angry as I Get Older

No Need to Share All Your Opinions

Glitter in Invitations

People wearing your glasses




The set went really well but I am starting to feel too comfortable.  I think tomorrow I am going to have to change some things up as I have been talking about doing this all week. There have been mitigating circumstances as to why I haven't changed my set but I should do this soon because there were times where I had lost concentration and I wasn't as present in the performance.  This can happen to me sometimes and I do like to move things around to keep me on my toes.  This isn't anything that the audience would notice but you do like to keep some sort of edge.  It was interesting because when I was right in the moment I would ad lib some fun stuff in the routines and then just as suddenly I would lose focus and have to pull myself back.  It is interesting how the mind can work especially when you're up on a stage in front of 450 people!

There wasn't much to take away from this gig.  It was a good night with a great crowd and in the end it really felt like I was doing my job.  Tomorrow night I think it will be paramount to do something to shake things up and get myself completely connected with my set again.


Justin Hamilton

11th of April, 2013

Fitzroy North