Joey Del On 2009: The Review!!!


The 14th Installment of the ‘From Zero To…Somewhere Slightly Higher Than Zero Chronicles!!!

Well it is that time of the year again.

The time where, finally, I am not the only person walking around drunk at midday!

The end of year is always a great time to spend with families and loved ones or to kiss random strangers under the harbour bridge. It is also a great time to reflect upon the year that was and what better place to do it than my ‘Gagging For It’ blog?

I was going to do a full reflection of my financial situation and my love life but considering this is a comedy blog I will just mention that nothing has changed over the year in the aforementioned fields; I am still broke and miserable, so I guess we will just focus on the comedy side of life.

My comedy addiction kicked off this past July when I was enrolled into the ‘Australian School Of Stand Up Comedy’ at the Star Bar and I have been absolutely hooked ever since. It is funny in life how sometimes things just feel right, like you have found your calling, and with comedy for me this was definitely the case. When I say that it felt right don’t think for a second that I am suggesting that I am some sort of a natural comedic talent, to be honest quite the opposite is true.

I think one of the things that has sucked me most into this comedy game has been how hard it is. I have been through a lot of intense stuff in my life but I am yet to still find anything that compares to the gut twisting nerves that overcome you moments before you come onto stage and the sharp suicidal thoughts that overcome your whole body when you completely bomb a set. Non comedians will read this and struggle to understand why on earth we would put ourselves through such pain and anguish in the name of comedy but other comedians know that you put up with both of these things because the times when everything goes well and your jokes are met with scores of laughter and you conclude to a deafening applause there is probably no greater feeling in the world.

So the end of 2009 has now come and I don’t know if I can call myself a ‘new comic’ any more (which is really going to affect my opening joke). I have had some truly great memories from this year and I would like to thank a few people for them.

First of all the people who run the comedy rooms of Sydney, I have met comedians from Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide over the past few months and they all share one constant theme. They are insanely jealous of the amount of rooms that we have to operate from in Sydney. So far I have performed at The Laugh Garage, The Star Bar, The World Bar, The Raglan, The Edge, The Roxbury, Mic In Hand, Scruffy Murphy’s and at UTS. It has been great to have so many opportunities to try my material. I hope to perform at all of these venues again in 2010 and maybe even to add a few more to this list.

Secondly I would like to mention the people who have offered me advice in my quest to becoming a slightly better stand up comedian than I am now. This is in my opinion one of the best things that I have found about the comedy world. Help comes from every angle, I have been very lucky to find that everyone regardless of how ‘big’ or ‘small’ they are has always taken time to offer me a few words of advice. This is such a great thing because everyone can really help everyone else. There are so many funny and intelligent people in this industry and it is great to be able to grab a piece of everyone’s mind. To all of you advice givers, thank you. I really have taken everything that everyone has told me on board and I appreciate the time that you have given me. I hope to use that to become a better comedian in 2010.

Thirdly I want to comment on all the other comedians I have met on the Sydney circuit. Most people are getting a double mention from the previous paragraph because as I said I have found everyone to be amazingly helpful and nice. But I want to say that it has been a pleasure getting to meet the other comedians I have met. There are so many great people out there. It has been awesome getting to know you and I look forward to more fun and entertaining stories over the next 12 months.

Fourthly and finally I would like to say a big thanks to Viv Smythe. This is basically just sucking up but as she is the editor of ‘Gagging For It’ I would like to say that it has been an honour defacing her once proud website with my verbal graffiti. Writing these blogs each week have been a great way for me to make sure that I am constantly on track and working towards my goals. I have also had a lot of fun sharing stories with other members of the community through here so thanks Viv, I appreciate it.

Well that will do for now, have a great New Year’s period, keep writing and keep trying to be funny. (Unless of course you’re not a comedian…than just do something else). I look forward to sharing many more tales with you when this blog kicks back into full gear- somewhere around the middle of January.


© Joey Del

P.S- I remember promising Paul Warnes and Damian Smith I would write something in this yearly wrap up edition of my blog but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. To be honest I think they just wanted their names mentioned to increase their google source rankings so Paul Warnes, Damian Smith, Paul Warnes, Damian Smith, Paul Warnes, Damian Smith, Paul Warnes, Damian Smith. J

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