For ages, I lost my comedy mojo. I would go to shows and laugh. But I think it has been years since I went out of my way to see much. Usually, I would just tag along with mates who got the tickets and I’d have a chuckle. I can’t tell you what has changed, but something seems to have. I’ve got my comedy mojo back.
Like many people of my age, the Big Gig started up my love for comedy. Even stuff which wasn’t all that funny, I loved it. I was totally obsessed with DAAS and from that has arisen a long-standing friendship with my buddy, Prue. Then there was the D-Gen and the Late Show. Fabulous. There was the Cheeseshop and New Joke City and the Star and Garter. I think in 1994 not more than a fortnight would go by without us getting to something.
Then I worked for a Comedy Venue and started to get jaded. Hearing the same act for a whole Christmas season nearly broke me – even now, I find myself quoting Wil Anderson, Christine Basil and bless him, Dave Grant.
Then, there was the festival club. At the time, I had my festival pass and could get in for free. I seemed to not mind giving most of my wages to the Hifi and lived close enough to get a taxi home. I saw a lot of the comedy and started to question why. Stand-up lost its appeal. There just seemed to be little that I liked about someone standing in front of a microphone trying to make me laugh. The Boosh were in town and I’ve always loved the surreal and the absurd, so I still got a giggle from them. And then it went quiet.
Not totally quiet, of course. There were a lot of things I saw and I loved, but I always felt a bit uninspired. I stopped working in hospitality, I moved out of Melbourne, I moved back to Melbourne but much further out and I’d find that at the end of the Comedy Festival, I had seen very little. It never bothered me. I just wasn’t into it so much anymore. I guess I saw more plays and stuff. I still love the live element.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, I’m back. I’ve been to a heap of stuff already, including trials, previews and I’m really, really enjoying it. I’m even booking tickets in advance. What I want to do is share what I’ve seen in reviews, chuck ‘em up here and try to inspire others to get out and see stuff. But, as you know from the lack of posts here lately, I’ve been finding it really hard to take the time to write. I’m working on it, and I hope you’ll see a lot more from me here soon. So, in the meantime, I’ll post them as I get to it, but here are the shows I’ve seen and really and truly urge you to get out and see them – almost all of them run through to Sunday April 22, apart from Daniel Kitson which is over, Million Dollar Tegan which as has one last show Sat 21, and both Justin Hamilton and WATSON – Shakespeare Fight Club finish on Sat 21.