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.



11 Responses to “My first stand-up comedy performance”

  1. Ngaire January 27, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!! Ha ha, Hap I want to see this…I think you would be a great stand-up comedian!! You make me laugh all the time! hehe

    • Hap January 27, 2011 at 9:18 am #

      Chur luv,
      yeah was good times, I rather enjoyed it, I will see how the rest goes. When are you girls heading Melbourne ways in the bus?

  2. Barney The Big Fat Purple Dinosaur January 27, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Who are you?! Mate, that’s fantastic. By the way, I never thought you were funny… 🙂

    • Hap January 27, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      speaking of funny things, Barney how are you? where are you? what are you?

      • Barney The Big Fat Purple Dinosaur January 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

        Hey mate, still in NZ waiting on my criminal record check for my Spanish visa. The UK visa is locked and loaded, just need clearance to enter Spain and I’m gone. Straight to Argentina. Was thinking of a diversion to Brasil for Carnaval, it starts in early March this year. I have a couple of friends who have a place all sorted in Salvador, I was going to go there for Carnaval proper but fly into Recife and do pre-carnaval in Olinda again… Too expensive though bro, would loved to have gone but I just don’t think the funds would stretch that far if I’m realistic. The peeps I met in Joao Pessoa are heading there too; it would have been manic. Oh well, there are worse places than Mendoza to be heading I guess eh?

        How are those rocks?

      • Hap January 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

        Nice one bro,
        exciting times ahead, Mendoza, good times, cheap red wine and steak, ummm.

        Currently reading a travel book based in the North of Brazil and mentioning a few familiar names that bring back a few hazy memories from the recesses of this thing of mine called a brain.

        Rocks are rolling, handed in my notice last week, I have 2 more weeks then I’m going to be Melbourne based so I can focus on Africa. Only so many roacks you can cut and photograph until you go mental.

        OK bro, should skype at some point.

        un beso negro

  3. Brown January 28, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    You should do the jug skull bit? I was honestly brought to tears and a little pee may have come out.
    peace from the east

    • Hap January 28, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      Brown star!
      Ahhhh the ol jug skull, in fact I don’t think that it is even worthy to be classed under ‘skull’.

      Hope all well for you, and by the way you did an AWESOME job with MCing.

      NBL Hap

  4. crystal February 1, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    I always thought that you were funny…looking and smelling, that is (that’s the limit of my comedic abilities, so laugh, dammit!!) All kidding aside, you never cease to amaze me. My sister is so fortunate to have such an incredible partner to share her life with 🙂

    • Hap February 1, 2011 at 3:39 am #

      And me likewise with your sister!

      cheers for all your support, love you guys


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