Hello, me again (who else would it be?)
I had a spare weekend in between festivals, so of course I ended up doiong a show. Last night I trekked out to the Campbelltown Arts Centre, south-west of Sydney, to a venue I have always loved playing in the past. After a cracking half-hour set from David Smiedt, who I highly recommend you see during the Melbourne Comedy Festival, I took to the stage – and well and truly messed around.
Basically – I found three people in the front row (Dad and his daughters) that had seen me perform at Campbelltown before. In fact they sat in the front row last time as well. This time they even started quoting bits of my DVD back at me. I told one of the daughters she was like a comedy Rainman, which prompted her to look to her father and ask “Who’s Rainman?”
When I berated her for not knowing who Rainman was, she replied “It’s not my fault, I was born in the 90s”. I was outraged, and felt even older when she told me she was born in 1995. I then asked Michael, the amazing sound tech, if he could lower the screen that was used for projections in the theatre, and hook his laptop up to it so we could show the young lady exactly who Rainman was.
In amongst all this mullarkey I also uncovered a young man who had turned up to the show under the mistaken assumption that he was seeing Wil Anderson. I then removed my shoe, asked for some thongs, and promised to do a Wil Anderson impression for him. Before I could do that though, it somehow came to my attention that the Mayor of Campbelltown was in the room.
Whilst discussing the joys of various decades, someone in the crowd suggested that “in Campbeltown, every day’s the seventies” and I thought that would make for a good town slogan. Using the mic stand as a Mayor Detector, and the audience’s beeping noises to help me locate him, I then tracked down a man called Aaron, Mayor of Campbelltown.
I first asked him if he’d consider changing the name of Campbelltown to Campbellcity, to keep up with its newly crowned City status. he said it would be tabled at a meeting and used some large words I pretended not to understand. I then asked if he would consider changing the town slogan to “Campbeltown – Every Day’s The Seventies”. He told me that as a Fleetwood Mac fan, he quite liked that idea.
I then asked him to prove that he was actually a Fleetwood Mac fan (and not just trying to sound like he knew about music) by singing a Fleetwood Mac song. The amazing Michael, who had by now lowered the screen and hooked it up to Youtube, found the lyrics and video for Gypsy – and Mayor Azza and I sang a duet of Gypsy! The audience then promised they would vote for him in the next Mayoral elections.
Azza eventually returned to his seat, and the amazing Michael then tracked down the “Qantas never crashed” clip from rainman, so we all sat and watched the scene together, just so a fifteen year old in the front row would understand what I was talking about. When we finished a man from the crowd yelled “Ask her if she knows who Jenna Jamieson is?” I refrained.
Finally I managed to remove my second shoe, balance a thong on my artificial foot, and did a Wil Anderson impression by yeling at a teenage boy for surfing porn on the internet (the same tenage boy Wil had yelled at for surfing porn on the internet a few weeks earlier”
After an hour of playing with the crowd I eventually got around to telling a few stories, and then sudennly the show was over. I did of course take a few crowd photos for you, including mug shots of the stalking family:
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I then took a photo of Mayor Aaron , and said I would design an election poster for him:
Unfortunately I have realised that I am shithouse at designing stuff on the computer, so I thought I might set a challenge to see if you can design an election poster. It was only after the gig that I was informed that Aaron’s last name is Rule, so I thought the slogan “Vote for Aaron – Born to Rule” might be appropriate.
Should you have the time and the inclination, please feel free to take the above photo, and turn it into an election poster for Mayor Azza, then post it as a comment after this blog.
I also set the audience the task of finding the sign welcoming people to Campbelltown, and sticking a sign to it that says “Every Day’s the seventies” then posting it after this blog as well. Go to it people.
So there you have it – a brilliant audience that gave me 60 minutes worth of material, a singing Mayor, a screening of Rainman and a Wil Anderson impersonation. Thanks to all the people at the Campbeltown Arts Centre, especially Anne Maree and the amazing Michael, but massive props to Mayor Aaron who was genuinely brilliant.
The Melbourne Comedy festival starts this week, so as wel as my show please see the shows I am producing – David Smiedt, Wilson Dixon, Adam Vincent and Pedro Tochas.
That’s all for now. More to come as it happens