It’s time for a new blog, and since I have a little bit of time on my hands, I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been up to.
My first port of call after leaving Australia was the Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland. It is far and away my favourite comedy festival for a number of reasons – it’s in a beautiful Irish city; every act is a headliner; every act is either one of my best friends, or a comic that I am excited to see; there are no reviews/awards; you are given twenty beer vouchers on arrival.
My highlights of the weekend included – singing on stage with the Nova Lounge band (Ian Coppinger and I belted out our usual rendition of “Blister In The Sun”); go-karting with Ross Noble, John Bishop and Hannah Gadsby; playing in goals for The Rest Of The World in the comedians football match, and winning.
Oh yeah, there was some comedy too. Best of the best included Ross Noble – who improvised every twenty-minute set he did all weekend; Milton Jones – who has always amazed me and this year surpassed himself; Lee Mack; Dave Gorman; Jon Richardson; John Mulaney; and an outrageous final night send-off that saw a drunken Jason Byrne join forces with Andrew Maxwell, David O’Doherty and Des Bishop to create one of the funniest things I have ever seen on stage.
Speaking of which, massive props to Dutch comic Hans Teeuwen, a man I have known for many years, but finally got to see live. I know some of the crowd had no idea what he was doing, but trust me he was brilliant. Unhinged, nihilistic, scattered, manic, weird – hilarious. Sing with me everybody “Nostradamus, Nostradamus, Nostradamus in his trousers green and tight. He looked all right!”
Finally a big shout out goes to my best mate and outgoing Festival Director Eddie Bannon who has risen above the entire festival while curating it like a kindly yet funny buddha. A buddha who also belts out a mean rendition of Meatloaf’s “Bat Outta Hell”. Our apologies to the neighbours of Langtons for that version at 7am on Tuesday.
I am now in Ballybofey in Co Donegal, where Hannah Gadsby and I are about to do a gig, after playing 18 holes of golf. Tomorrow we will play another 18 holes, then head back to Dublin. It really is a tough life., but after the last six months of constant touring and writing, I reckon I deserve at least one day free.
Still to come – Toomler in Amsterdam from July 8-11; The Regents Park Open Air Theatre in London on July 12; Latitude Festival July 18; Just For Laughs Montreal Festival July 20-26; then it’s up to The Edinburgh Fringe from August 6-31.
There are a few other scattered gigs in amongst them, so keep an eye on the live gigs page for updates.
Hope to see you at a show soon, but til then – Fore!