Gig 114: MS Fundraiser Gala

I unfortunately know a few people who have either been struck down by MS or have to deal with it directly with loved ones.  I was asked to be a part of the two night fundraiser here in Perth and while I like to donate time to many charities this one had a bit more of a personal reason for me to be involved. I was pretty exhausted after the last night of The Shelf but the great thing about a flight to Perth is you are rewarded with at least four hours of alone time to sleep, read and basically recharge.  I took full advantage of that time to snooze it up and finish one book (Walter Tevis' "Mockingbird") before starting another (Alex Hammond's "Blood Witness"...Alex will be a future guest on my podcast "Can You Take This Photo Please?").

I've been well looked after since my arrival and the line up for the show is rock solid. One of the legends of the Australian comedy scene Peter Rowsthorn is hosting, my old pal Janelle Koenig is one of the acts along with Suns of Fred, Ciaran Lyons and Sami Shah.  We're performing at the beautiful Regal Theatre and the gig ran extremely smoothly even with poor Sami suffering through a flat tire and having to race to the gig.

I had performed in Perth for their Comedy Festival not long ago and decided I had better mix up my material a little bit in case some people had seen me then.  I was the last act on so I also figured I should present my material in smaller pieces to keep up a strong pace that would help give the audience a jolt of energy to finish the night.

My setlist was the following:


Jarrod at The Wedding

Country Visits

Turning 40

Car Crash in Adelaide

Invite Who You Want To Parties

Hairy Baby

Gym Story

Breaking Up Through History

Tripping and Farting

Afghanistan:  Marching on ANZAC Day

"Hey, Be Careful!"

Soldiers Are Funny

Felix and Twitter

No Need To Share All Your Opinions

Watching Movies Out of Context

Glitter in Invitations

People Wearing Your Glasses





This is the closest I have to a headline set structure for the year.  You can see there are some different routines in there especially if you compare them to previous headline spots but the structure is one that is reliable especially for a show like this.

When I put together a set for this type of gig I have to remember that the majority of people are there for the night and comedy in general, not specifically to see me. Therefore I have a different responsibility to the night.  I would have liked to have performed my material about Eddie and the Ape or the material about the derogatory names that were thrown at our female Prime Minister but I think those routines would have been inappropriate for this type of show.

My goal was to put together a fun set for the audience to watch and perform onstage.  I didn't set out with my set list ready to go, I just had a bunch of routines in my head and made it up as I went along waiting to see what felt right on the night.  There is one more show tonight and you can purchase tickets here. This is definitely a worthwhile cause and I am totally chuffed that I was even considered to be invited to be a part of this show.


Justin Hamilton

21st of August, 2013