Gig 64: Perth Solo Show and Gig 65: Lazy Susan's Comedy

Two gigs in one night can be a gamble. Hosting a show after your solo show is an even bigger gamble.

Without taking any of this into mind I gladly said yet to Laura Davis when she invited me to host her comedy night at Lazy Susans.  I started the day checking out the new Ryan Gosling movie "The Place Beyond the Pines" to review for Botica's Bunch next week.  After a bit of work I eased into the Astor Theatre for my show and was in such a relaxed mood that I was practically comatose before the gig began.  I usually enjoy some nerves before I go onstage as it means there is a good energy to feed off but for some reason I was as cool as a cucumber and had to do some stretching and walking to fire myself up.  It wasn't like I didn't want to perform.  I just was surprised at how laid back I was.  The words "laid back" are rarely used in connection with me unless it was the sentence, "Yeah, he's really laid back" delivered with a healthy dose of hipster snark.

I barely checked my notes that I had made yet the show followed a similar path as to the night before.




False Start

Biker Story

Afghanistan:  Marching on ANZAC Day

I’m a war hero!

“Hey, be careful!”

Soldiers are funny.

Port Power Supporters in Adelaide

Journey into Kabul

Buzz might be Batman.

Afghanistan:  The Worst Sentence Ever

Bronzing Up!

Turning 40

Hurt When I Stand Up


Fix Your Flaws

Car Crash in Adelaide

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Being An Arsehole

Little Boy Joke

Tripping and Farting

Laughing in Greek Class

Laughing at a Funeral

“You’re An Ugly Hooker!”

Twitter and Felix

“That Won’t Get Him A Job.”

No Need to Share All Your Opinions

Glitter in Invitations

People wearing your glasses




This was another fun show that contained once again a lot of ad libbing.  My material is being able to breathe and therefore finding some new angles.  I believe that is because there is a different responsibility to your audience when they come to see your solo show. I've talked about this before but when an audience attends a night of comedy (like at The Comic's Lounge or the Sit Down Comedy Club) I feel a responsibility to broaden my topics and give the audience as many jumping on points as possible.  I always perform material I enjoy but there is a sense that the majority of people are there to see a night of comedy not necessarily you in particular so I want to give them the best possible result. When an audience makes the effort to see your solo show I think you can bring out some different styles of routines because they've invested in you directly.  That is why I enjoy solo shows more than ensemble shows.  It is a fact I have forgotten in the past year with my lack of solo shows and bypassing of most festivals.  I am definitely enjoying my time at the Perth International Comedy Festival.

After the gig I caught up with an old pal of mine that I played basketball with in the States.  Yes, this short arse used to be pretty quick on the court and have some mad hops for a little fella.  Alas that was a looooooong time ago.  It was good to see my friend again and meet his wife.  They were kind enough to take me to the Brisbane Hotel for my next gig.  I liked the look of the room and the line up was great but it definitely felt like a gig where the audience considered me the host and not one of the comedians. First of all here is the setlist:


Setlist One:


Partying during the week

Hen's Night

Mount Isa

Gym Conversation

Tripping and Farting

Hairy Baby

Tram Story


Setlist Two:


Turning 40

No Need to Share All Your Opinions

Little Boy Joke


With my friend in the audience for the first half I didn't really want to repeat any material he had just seen and with the exception of one gag I managed to achieve this.  The gig was fine and I thought all the acts had a pretty good time but it was a mild slog as the host.  It was nice having Craig Hill headlining as I have just had the opportunity to spend a little time with him and find him to be quite delightful.  He really nailed the final spot of the night.

It can be a weird experience to host a show you haven't been a part of before.  It is disorientating onstage as you work out the lay of the land as you're performing but overall I was pretty happy with my performance.  I also have to be honest and say I don't mind being made to work and I think it can only hold me in good stead for my next solo show on Saturday night.




Justin Hamilton

3rd of May, 2013

Perth, Western Australia