I must say I’m chuffed to have been on tour with the inimitable Stephen K Amos this past week. We zipped around NSW for five days, performing in all sorts of venues to all wonderful crowds. I’m humbled to have been opening for such a pro. And by humbled I mean I can’t wait to headline those venues myself. Comedy!
Thanks Mary, Hannah, Ben, Aaron and all the legends along the way that made it so rad. And a massive thanks to you, Stephen. You’re the best.
Come see my new stuff Oct 14, 15 & 18 at The Wilde in Fitzroy. Click the pic for tix.
The LA stand-up comedy scene is two things: big fancy shows with celebrities and lowly open mics with sadness. I’m lucky enough to get booked on big fancy shows from time to time but I always make sure I keep my comedy muscles exercised at open mics. No pain, no gain and all that. And let me tell you, open mics are pretty painful.
The above fact is why I’m compelled to share with you that last night I had the best open mic experience I’ve ever had. All thanks to a bunch of dedicated up-and-comers who wouldn’t take “this open mic isn’t on” for an answer.
At 11:30pm I stepped out of my Uber and walked up to The Next Stage Theatre; it’s a small space on the second floor of a strip mall. The room runner wasn’t there and the show should have started. The three other comics who gingerly arrived were as disappointed as I was. Our training gym was closed and we just wanted to pump some comedy iron.
“Let’s just do it outside” I said. One comic had sat on a pee-flooded bus to be there, so was more than happy to make the most of it. The others agreed.
What proceeded was four comics standing on a balcony at a strip mall performing their sets to each other with an non-comedian audience of one cockroach. We listened, reacted, gave each other notes and ultimately bonded in our commitment to our craft. The intimacy and consideration we gave each other far surpassed the cold and despondent nature of many open mics in town. I learned more in that setting than from dosens of gigs this trip, all thanks to the determination of the other comedians to constantly improve.
So a message to my comedy comrades in LA: the mics are what you make them. Thanks to Michelle, Jordan and Saurabh for making ours so good.
Aaaaaand it’s a wrap! Live on Bowen completed it’s sixth season and I’m so proud of the team that made it happen. I had some pretty magical moments as host, including a chat with Fr Bob Maguire, a comedy competition with Dave Hughes, a song with Dream Girls performer Thando Sikwila and more.
Here are the highlights!
I am so chuffed to announce that I am once again hosting Live on Bowen this year. We have Rob Caruana and Claire Sullivan on the cast again, along with new comers Peter Jones and Elizabeth Davie.
Last season I had guests such as Michael Beverage, Claire Hooper and Shaun Micallef. Come check out who we have this year by being in the studio audience: http://www.LiveOnBowen.com/audience
I’m usually nice to hecklers but last night at Adelaide Fringe this opportunity was too good to pass up.
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