Mess Around – Adelaide Night 1

Mess Around – Adelaide Night 1

Well, my Adelaide season kicked off in fine style last night with a show that really seemed to take off.

It actually started before the show even kicked off, when a clearly inebriated local man stumbled through the fence that separates the backstage area of the Speigeltent from Wakefield Rd. “G’day” he said full of mock confidence “How’s it goin?”

“Good” I replied, then asked if he was meant to be backstage, to which he replied “Oh yeah. I helped em built the Spiegeltent”

“Really?” I queried.

“Yeah” he reiterated “I’m with the fucken Belgians”.

He then proceeded to try to convince me he had just been taking down the AC/DC show, and that it had taken him 36 hours to do it, that it had taken him less time to build the tent, that there wasn’t a single nail in the tent, and that he did it all two days ago.

He was eventually asked to leave the backstage area, but I opened the show by telling his story, and suggested we should sell t shirts that say “I’m with the fucken Belgians”. This received a massive cheer, and egged on as I am by massive cheers, I decided that I would indeed get some shirts printed up that say “I’m with the fucken Belgians” and will spend the rest of the Fringe selling them for a local charity.

I then asked the audience for an appropriate charity, and a woman yelled out “Novita Children’s Services” – an Adelaide organisation that provides services and research for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

I should point out that while all this was happening there was a man called Chris on stage as well. I had spotted Chris in an Ed Hardy cap and fancy sunglasses when I took to the stage, and asked what he did for a living. He told me he was a tyre fitter and bricklayer, and I immediately brought him on stage to ask the audience whether they thought he looked like a bricklayer.

They didn’t think so, but he retorted that he normally has his shirt off on site. Of course a woman then yelled “get your shirt off”, which was followed by another massive cheer. You know how I feel about massive cheers, so I challenged Chris to do a little strip tease for us, using fans that some audience members were waving to cool themselves, with the promise of a beer at the end of it.

My lovely sound tech Siiri managed to find some stripper music, I got my camera ready, and Chris did indeed do a fandance:


After I took the photo, Chris suggested I send it to his mum. So I did. I sent her an MMS of the photo.

It was then suggested that I should put the photo of Chris on the front of the t shirts that I sell for charity. More massive cheers. So… I then decided that I would print up a whole lot of t shirts with the above photo of Chris, and the words “I’m With The Fucken Belgians”. It was also suggested that the colour scheme should be the Belgian colours of red, black and yellow, and since Chris took to the stage with a beer, there should also be beer involved. A man in the front row also suggested the shirts should be pink. I’m not sure about that one.

I then called Chris’ mum Ruth to see what she thought of the photo. Sadly Ruth told me she couldn’t quite work out how to get photos on her phone, but she did say that she was on her way to the Fringe herself and would be arriving at 8.30pm. Since my show was due to finish at 8, I said that I would take the audience out into the park and serenade her when she arrived. More massive cheers.

The show finished up (not before Frank Woodley took to the stage and showed off his nipples) and at 8.30 I stood atop a beer keg in the Rundle St Gardens and lead a choir of about a hundred people in a rendition of “I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt” as Ruth arrived.

I arrived backstage to receive a note from an audience member called Jordan, to say her husband is a designer and would whip up a t shirt design for me overnight. I emailed her husband Ian with the photo, and just this morning he sent this back to me:

BELGIUM TEE a1 adam tagged

Now all I have to do is get the shirts printed. For those of you in Adelaide, I have been told they may not be ready til Tuesday. If that’s the case – I will sell the shirts out the front of the Speigeltent before my show (around 6.30pm) every night from Tuesday onwards to raise money for Novita Children’s Services. If you’re not in Adelaide and would like a shirt, drop me a note at the end of this blog, and if there’s enough interest I’ll find a way to sell them over the internet.

So there you go, one night down in Adelaide and another seven to go. I will keep you updated on all of it right here. For now though – it looks like a half naked brickie doing a fandance will benefit some kids that really need some help, and a drunken interloper will spawn a range of t shirts.



  • jonha

    06.03.2010 at 16:46 Reply

    Glad you had a great time in Adelaide, I always thought it’s gonna be a boring city but then you proved me wrong, having fun depends on the person’s capability and awesome talents in entertaining himself! lol

  • Caz

    06.03.2010 at 17:06 Reply

    Will you sell them at the Melbourne comdey festival and/or some similar shirts there? I’d totally buy one online but maybe would rpefer to buy one supporting a Melb-based charity considering I’ve never been to (B)adelaide?

  • Rob

    06.03.2010 at 17:15 Reply

    I’d love a shirt! If you can keep some till Melbourne or sell them over the net that would be great!

  • Yeah well

    06.03.2010 at 18:09 Reply

    Yeah well, missus wanted to see the show: “He is sooo sexy”. She liked the bloody bricklayer too. I wanted a beer, but she wanted to hang around after the show the see him and that brickie. So we did. Bloody comedians. Now she is telling me to go into town on Tuesday to get that bloody Belgian t shirt. At least the Belgians make good beer. And good waffles with strawberry. Belgians are alright.

  • Qoo01

    06.03.2010 at 18:39 Reply

    Hey Adam, me and my fiancé enjoyed your show so much- we couldn’t stop laughing! You forgot to take your shirt off at the end of your show, like you said you would! We’d love to buy the t-shirts, but we’re back in Sydney, so could you please sell them online?

  • Caitlin

    06.03.2010 at 18:44 Reply

    It was a bloody awesome night.
    Totally made my week….
    My picture with you is now my facebook dp… thankyou

  • Sarah from Wigan (UK)

    06.03.2010 at 18:54 Reply

    LOL! Wish I’d been there – Reading this was a good second best. I had no idea Australians had such excellent surnames! Comedy gold. I saw your show in August at the Edinburgh Fringe last year the night you had a 16 year old lad a bit self-conscious about his scarf – plus the forensic man was there too… A brick layer doing a fan dance? I bet you couldn’t believe what was unfolding before your eyes. Who needs material when you have your skills to find so much from the people in front of you – and we love it!

  • Sophie AKA The Ruthless Bitch

    06.03.2010 at 19:48 Reply

    Adam – I am the woman that called out Novita for the fundraising.

    Just wanted to say you are a dead set legend and appreciate you following through with the t-shirts.

    Great show last night and am happy to come and help you sell them next weekend before/after the show.

    All the best

  • Paula from Brissie

    06.03.2010 at 20:09 Reply

    Adam Adam Adam! I’d love a t-shirt! Sell them online already!!!

  • Lucy

    06.03.2010 at 20:29 Reply

    I would love one of those shirts, it looks awesome! (I’m from the Gold Coast)

  • Sophie aka The Ruthless Bitch

    06.03.2010 at 22:06 Reply

    Adam, top job on the tshirts. Thanks for following through. Cheers Sophie

  • Bernadette

    07.03.2010 at 00:42 Reply

    I’d love a shirt! And I’m in Brisbane, not Adelaide (but loved your Brissy show last Sunday!)

  • Amanda

    07.03.2010 at 01:08 Reply

    Would love a shirt, but as i’m in Enland may not be possible. You could always bring some over when your next here! 😀

  • Amanda

    07.03.2010 at 01:09 Reply

    Mmmmmm I can’t even spell my own country. lol England

  • Bradley

    07.03.2010 at 16:17 Reply

    Hi Adam,
    I came to the first show with a good friend of mine, we were sitting to your extreme left in a booth just before the view of the stage gets bad. The show was great fun and Chris and his mum were really good sports. Even the rain was a good sport…it didn’t pour until you were all finished!

    I bought two t shirts yesterday. I was the guy who came at 6:45 and asked for them. Sorry i was a little late. I like the design, and the NOVITA is a good cause. I will come today, earlier this time (sorry again) to try and get you to sign one for her, if that’s ok? Maybe a picture too? She was trying to get one with you on Friday, but at the last minute decided against it when some fat blonde chick and her mate muscled her out of the way. She’s a bit shy 😛

    Anyway, I hope the rest of your shows prove just as much fun!

    PS: ‘I’m passionate about pizza’

  • Oliver

    08.03.2010 at 12:14 Reply

    Yes, im in brisbane and i WANT that shirt NAO!!!

    also i came to your last night at brisbane so you should make a special exception for me

    how bout 2 for the price of 1?? xD

  • Maille =D

    08.03.2010 at 20:12 Reply

    I am actually that glad that you are coming through with the t-shirt idea. I was in the audience the first night and laughed so hard throughout the entire show. I thought that the idea of the t-shirts was a heaps good idea and have been dying to get a t-shirt ever since. Can’t wait to come back down to the Fringe asap and get me a t-shirt.

    All the best for the rest of your stay in Adelaide.

    Maille =D

  • Aislinn

    08.03.2010 at 20:32 Reply

    Hey Adam,
    I was there the first night in Adelaide, loved the show! Best thing I’ve seen! I was apart of the group with the dodgy camera and you sang Happy Birthday to my dad, which made his night and mine. Couldn’t have done better with the shirts, thinking I might get one from all of the shows. Can’t wait to get one asap. A shirt from every night is brilliant, excited for the next shirt and blog! =D

  • Chris

    08.03.2010 at 22:25 Reply

    G’Day Adam, its me Chris…

    Lettin ya know that I’ll be down to see your show again sometime this week, at the moment im thinking Wednesday. Just wondering if you wanted a hand to sell some shirts before hand… I’d be more than happy to give you a hand and see what else ahs gone on since the first show…

    Regards Chris

  • Julia

    11.03.2010 at 22:16 Reply

    there’s footage of the stripping bricklayer here…
    excellent show. 😀

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