Archive | January, 2011

My first stand-up comedy performance

27 Jan

Howdy folks,

Stand-up comedy has always been something I wanted to try my hand at. So when I was at work in Tasmania and heard the RAW comedy festival advertised on Triple J’s I decided to sign up. It’s Australia’s largest open mic comedy festival.

I must admit it was a little nerve racking getting up on stage. I love public speaking, but stand-up is a whole new game when you have the expectation of having to make people laugh, otherwise it’s a long 5 minutes standing on stage.

But I couldn’t have asked for things to go better, the crowd seemed to like my routine which basically consisted of me talking about my dick and shagging sheep whilst standing in my tighty whitey undies. And never underestimate the awkwardness of standing in front of your co-workers in your jocks, I practiced my routine for my co-workers at my local pub in Tasmania a couple of days before my heat.

Out of the 30 contestants in my heat I made it through to the state semi-finals in 3-4 weeks time when all 5 Melbourne based heats are completed, the photo above is of the successful contestants. So I will see what happens, the successful semi-finalists then go to the state finals, then all the winners of the Australia wide state finals go to Sydney for the Australia finals, and then I think the top 10 from there perform in the grand final at the Melbourne International Comedy festival to be broadcasted on ABC, with the winner going to the world’s largest comedy festival in Edinburgh.

But hey, I’m just glad to have the experience and be involved and not have tomatoes thrown at me (shit, I feel as though I’m meant to be saying something funny). Ummmm Diddle.


A dog with a bone – more media coverage

18 Jan

Whilst back home I also had a couple of nationwide radio interviews to get some exposure for the Final Continent Expedition. You never know who is listening; maybe a bored millionaire had a spare $12,000 floating around to send a sea container of disused bikes to Africa.

My first interview with Kiwi TV/radio celebrity Marcus Lush was a bit of a shocker. Well it wasn’t that bad, actually it was going pretty well until he took the piss out of me (gave me shit). So much so that if I was a little boy in the playground at school I would have shat my pants and cried.

Have a listen to the interview here.

If you can’t be bothered listening to the interview, basically Marcus Lush caught me off guard, as I was meant to be asked the usual best/worst/most rewarding job questions. But instead he was like a dog with a bone (up to you what kind of bone the dog has) that wouldn’t stop humping my leg RE the subject of me having not lived in Antarctica. I think because he had made a TVNZ documentary on the reality of living in Antarctica his bone was rather big and he wanted to let me know that my bone was rather small. He believed that I was just being cautious with the truth and that I had just visited Antarctica, and said it would be like Neil Armstrong staying he had lived on the moon.

So now having had time to really think about his question (comes in at 2.19 minutes on the interview), which was “But Hap you haven’t lived there (Anarctica), have you?” I would answer it the following way:

I never set this goal for other people; I never set it with certain criteria to meet, or to impress anyone. I set this as a 21 year old wanting to explore the world, to have a bloody good time, to live life with no regret. And if I’m happy that I lived in Antarctica by living and working on an Antarctic cruise ship then that’s what counts. And I’m definitely happy, as I know that I tried everything in my power to get to Antarctica (you my blog readers know that, check out the blog post I wrote in Ushuaia before I knew I had the job on the cruise ship.
I realise I have made this goal public with my blog and media, but at the end of the day, I set this goal for me.

PS, Writing all this makes me think back to when I was in Ushuaia, searching for work after nearly 3 years of rejection. To all those who wrote to me whilst I was there, it meant a lot, and I again sincerely thank you

PPS: Whilst searching for the above photo I came across these photos, the most amazing sunset I have seen on my travels – unfortunately I couldn’t truly enjoy as I was polishing glasses! (Thanks to onboard photographer Kristine for sharing the photos with me. Oh yeah photo taken in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctica). Cheers everybody!

Media Coverage for Final Continent Expedition

12 Jan

“That bloody Hap guy in the news again”. I’m sure some people have said the last few days after a couple of articles were published in the local rags back home. Great to have the local support, and cheers to Geoff Collet (The Nelson Mail) and AJ (The Nelson Weekly) for the great work on the articles – It looks like I put you both wrong, I was Divemaster in Thailand, not Paraguay, although diving in Paraguay would be a real challenge – It’s landlocked, haha, classic. Check out the articles at the links below.

Nelson Weekly – Nelson man using pedal power for final challenge (Article is on page 4)

The Nelson Mail – Bicycle power for Africa

To the people of Nelson, you can relax now; I will be taking my Fabio greasy curly locks out of the spot light. Cheers for all the support, means a lot.

Back to reality

10 Jan

Like a smack in the face with a used nappy (diaper), and not just any nappy but one that has been festering in the sun for a couple of days as some careless freedom camping hippies were too lazy to dispose of it properly, I’m back to reality, back to work!

I arrived back in Melbourne last night at 10pm, then 8 hours later was back in a taxi heading to the airport to fly out to Tasmania, to fly out to reality, back to the rocks, back to the rain, back to work.

But WOW, what a great 3 weeks off that was, I’m not even going to go into it, catching up with friends and family at the little paradise at the top of NZ’s south island, Nelson. Great weather, an amazing wedding (not mine – Cheers Tom and Loren), good music, rivers, beaches, BBQ’s, cricket, just bloody great times.

The first week back home in NZ I focused on trying to get a bit of media coverage for the Final Continent Expedition, to help in the fundraising and potential sponsorship, but I think now the great folks of Aotearoa have had enough of my droning voice and Tony Blair face, so there will be no more from me until 11/11/11 (In my next post I will put up a radio interview –in which Marcus Lush took the piss out of me and a newspaper article on the FCE).

From Christmas eve on I took 2 weeks off from writing and the Final Continent Expedition and focused more on drowning my liver and relaxing with friends and family, I didn’t even take my camera hence there are no photos with this blog post. Although even I had taken my camera it wouldn’t of matter as JetStar managed to lose my baggage for 11 days, arriving 4 days after Christmas!

So this is it folks, forget about 2010, it’s 2011, the last year of hapworkingtheworld, the countdown has begun. So much to organise and do it makes my mind boggle, but it’s so great to have the support of so many people. From here on in, I’m just holding on for the ride as everything hurtles along at a million miles an hour.

I can’t remember the aim of this post anymore, maybe it was that I think JetStar are probably ranked below Air Bangladesh in customer service (yes I realise you pay for what you get), or maybe it was something along the lines of Happy New Year, maybe I was meant to share my NY’s resolution (which by the way was to eat as much as possible and reach 80kg before Africa) but whatever the point of this post was, GET EXCITED, 2011 is here!