Friday, February 12, 2016

A humorous evening

Hippie Niece called last week and asked if would like to see a comedy performance as her guest along with her part time partner, her brother Fire Fighting Nephew and his partner. After some confusion, the venue not being the Comedy Theatre in the city, but the Comic's Lounge in North Melbourne, we decided yes, although it would be a rush for me from work.

The day before Fire Fighting Nephew and his partner decided they couldn't make it, so there was just the four of us. Soooo, we had to cross the river to North Melbourne, always a slightly disconcerting experience for us who are firmly south of the river types. We had insufficient time to catch two trams, so although worried about parking we drove and easily found a parking space with plenty of time to spare. We came across Hippie Niece and her friend finishing a meal in Errol Street and after some chatting we entered the Comics Lounge.

The show was only advertised as being the comedian Mikey Robbins and nowhere did it say there would be other comedians. There were three other comedians and Mikey was mainly the host of the show but with some performing himself. This solved the puzzle in my mind about two and a half hours with one comedian. I should have known. There was quite a good crowd for a Wednesday night and we had a good time.

We saw Mikey out on the street while we were sitting and chatting. Of course the effing word was overused, certainly in the beginning of his performance. Use it for dramatic effect guys. Mikey was fine just being Mikey, as he has been for many years on radio and screen.


Next up was my favourite performer for the evening and although I had never heard of Gabriel Rossi before, he was very funny and I found him quite attractive in spite of him being fifty.


Next was a witty and rather clever comedian, Chris Wainhouse. He was a more laughing in your brain type person. Yes, very clever and well rehearsed and prepared. We believe Hippie's niece is from a Mormon family and he seemed to find the bible based humour very funny.


The last for the night was fine. His onstage time was a little too long I think, especially at the end of the evening. I've forgotten and can't find out his name. There was an obnoxious drug affected trio near the front of the stage and he had a good crack at them.


So yes, great night with good company, good performers and a good venue, but gosh does this socialising take it out of you. Luckily I had the next day off.

27 comments:

  1. How lovely.
    And yes, socialising is exhausting. Which is a sign that I am well on the way to dinosaur status. Or perhaps that my introvert self is getting stronger.

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    1. EC, it is such an effort to go out at night, but we are usually pleased we made the effort.

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  2. Sounds like some fun!

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    1. Strayer, we certainly had a laugh.

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  3. Have been doing a fair amount of entertaining here at home plus going out for meals lunch & dinner, it is tiring but I like it.
    We went to see Kitty Flanagan the other evening, Kitty was good, lots of laughs.

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    1. Ah yes, Kitty. I've only seen her on, ahh, the show with Charlie Pickering. She is connected to someone quite famous, I think. Can't remember. Sister?

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    2. Kitty is on YouTube, also Netflix if you have the latter.
      Her sister sings and plays guitar in Kitty's show....will have to Google who she's related to that is famous!

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  4. It sounds like the kind of evening I would save spoons (energy) to enjoy; glad you had a good time!

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    1. Save spoons, Cranky. What a strange expression and one I have no knowledge of. I can't imagine its origin.

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    2. It's based on a tale by a young woman with lupus who was trying to explain what living with chronic illness and pain is like to a friend. You can find it here: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/

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    3. Interesting, Cranky. Our friend who had the heart transplant had lupus quite badly but because of the anti rejection drugs she now takes, it is no longer a problem.

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  5. What is it with Melbourne and comedians? There must be at least 112K of them (joke). Any TV made there is infested with them - too bad for mere actors.

    Can't help worrying about that apostrophe though:

    shouldn't it be "Comics' Lounge?"

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    1. Marcellous, and as if we don't have enough of them, they come visiting us from around the world. We are second only to Edinburgh in the comedy stakes. I initially left the apostrophe out, as often is the custom with place names, but then checked and corrected my post to what they use and I also thought the apostrophe should be after the s.

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  6. A nice night out indeed. Melbourne seems to have a lot of comedians, Vic must be the comedy state.
    "...quite attractive in spite of him being fifty."
    I have to say it, yes, he's attractive, but so are many men who are fifty or even a bit older. I don't think you can put an age cap on attractiveness.

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    1. River, I think I can. Over fifty is too old. Under thirty is generally ok. This is theoretical opinion, of course.

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    2. I hadn't thought you were an age snob. Are you putting pretty boy looks above sparkling vitality?

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  7. Ah the joys of growing old makes it an effort to go out and enjoy oneself. Well done for going and having fun. Love the names you give your friends and rellies.

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    1. Diane, I am being a little melodramatic. It is not that hard, but how nice it is to be at home with the tv on and the computer in front of me and R close by.

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  8. Sounds like you had a fun night, sometimes it's worth it to make that effort even though you reeeally don't want to :) I have a couple of invites to Fringe next week that I'm already thinking of excuses not to go to :) but I should right! I didn't take you for the 'toy boy' type Andrew, thought you might lean more towards the intellectual!

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    1. Grace, haha, me leaning towards an intellectual. Never thought about it. Maybe, but young people can be intellectual.

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  9. Why the surprise that Melbourne hosts so many comics? After all, the rest of Australia thinks Melbourne is a funny place. Boom, boom!

    Yes, a weak joke, I know.

    What I really wanted to comment was my outrage at your 'I found him quite attractive in spite of him being fifty' We sexagenarians are offended at the inference!

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    1. Victor, perhaps 50 is too young for me? You are quite correct about the joke, weak.

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  10. Love a good laugh. We went and saw Dave Hughes the other night. He did a show quite close to us out here in the country. He was pretty funny, and played the audience (including a young couple who were quite drunk) very well.

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    1. CM, I have never seen Hughes live but I expect he would be good. Just the way he talks makes me laugh.

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  11. I haven't looked at what's on for the Comedy Festival this year. Slack!

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    1. The full programme has only just been released I think. The Comic's Lounge might be enough for us, but I will look. I like things that are easy to see.

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