This is the first instalment in a new GFI feature, the weekly(ish) reports of the highs and lows of a new comic working on his craft and working out the comedy business around Sydney. We are pleased to welcome Joey Del to the GFI team.
There’s a bunch of Poms laughing it up at the Comedy Store EQ this week. They’re bloody good fun normally, but this week you just know that they’ll be having a bit of a gloat about a certain game of cricket in which Australia came second.
There was a great vibe to this night – it was a celebration of the room’s anniversary and the birthday of the room’s manager (comedian Seizure Kaiser) as well as an attempt to do something very different – get 60 comedians up on stage, each telling a few jokes, over 60 minutes. The late announcement that Steve Hughes would be the guest headliner for the night was icing on the gooey cake. Sure, half the crowd were comedians waiting to grab the mic, but there was a solid slab of comedy fans prepared to enjoy the night as well.
Wicked Women in Hornsby tonight only, Best of British @ Comedy Store, Kransky Sisters and Umbilical Bros at the Opera House over the weekend
In Sydney we’ve got two new rooms – Comedy @ Cabana Bar (St Leonards) and Glass Acts (Ultimo – UTS). Also a new professional comedy room in Wollongong.
This Tuesday the ABC is showing the Grand Final for this year’s Raw Comedy contest, held in Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festiva | Moosehead Awards – Are you an Aussie comedian with a great idea for a new and interesting show? Want some assistance, financial and mentoring, to make it happen?
This year is a good time to catch Anh Do doing stand-up again after him taking a break from it for a few years, and while he’s at the Sydney Opera House this week is an especially good time.
First: the pub. It used to have another name, but now it’s The Local Taphouse and it offers an extensive range of boutique beers (including a tasting paddle for the dedicated) and a funky menu of snacks and full meals. (There is another The Local Taphouse pub in St Kilda which hosts Melbourne’s longest-running independent comedy room under the name Cooper’s Local Laughs, and this Local Laughs comedy room is a spin-off from that.) The ticket price for the show includes two half-price Coopers beers – happy days.