How to deal with the worst heckler (as a headliner)
Following a recent stand up gig I thought I’d share an experience I had dealing with hecklers. [Note: This was not in a theatre environment where the comedian is unseen until the show. It was in an informal environment at a football club where the acts mingle with the guests […]
Master of Ceremonies in Okinawa, Japan!
I’m just back from working as Master of Ceremonies at a huge 4 day conference in tropical Okinawa, Japan. Wow what a place! The conference was held at the Manza Intercontinental Resort which is a sight to behold. The resort had its own enormous beach, perfect for the beach team […]
Wow, what a city! My MC duties are now over and I can relax. No more corporate speak. This place is truly amazing. Why doesn’t it get mentioned in the same breath with ‘New York City’ or ‘Paris’? Laneways everywhere oozing with style. Poverty brings desperation but it also brings […]
Lots of gigs!
It’s been a great couple of weeks with an interview on Foxtel, a staff function for staff at Crown Casino, the Grand Final Parade (damn you Sydney – I’m a Hawks man), multiple large events for Coles, Inventium workshop, a couple of days away to beautiful Echuca for Mawson’s concrete […]
Master of Ceremonies and Comedians – 6 tips to connect or die
Master of Ceremonies/Comedians Tips A couple of gigs in the last few weeks have reminded me of how important it is to connect with your audience on a meaningful level… or die. I thought I’d address this post to those wishing to better understand public speaking, being a master […]
Comedy Festival 2014
Having just returned from working in Japan, I have missed much of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I am however about to perform in a great show called “Who’s Your Daddy?” over the next 3 nights. Can’t wait. Someone must have found out I’m a dad to 3 kids under […]
Corporate Stand Up Comedy – The 2 biggest impediments to a great gig.
The 2 biggest impediments Let’s get straight to the point. The 2 biggest impediments in corporate stand up comedy are poor logistics and inappropriate material. Poor Logistics When I use the term ‘logistics’ I’m talking firstly about all the technical elements. When they’re substandard it may include poor sound quality, insufficient or inappropriate […]
A great article
Here’s a nice article from my friends at ICMI www.icmi.com.au on the benefits of engaging a professional MC. (read ‘like me!’) TO MC OR NOT MC by ICMI on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 To MC or not MC? In today’s World of conference’s and events, deciding not to engage a […]
A busy January 2013
It’s been a much busier January than I’m used to. Generally the city slows down and so do I but this year I’ve been on the ship to Noumea then back for some gigs and I’m off again near the end of the month. Feb will be much the same […]
The Carnival Spirit Cruise Ship
So I’ve been working on this ship, the Carnival Spirit. It’s huge! Over 2500 passengers and nearly 1000 crew and staff. I was one of the 2 featured comedians on the ship. The other was my mate Simon Palomares. The shows took place in the Versailles room which is a […]
Versatility the key…
On my recent maiden voyage on the enormous Royal Caribbean ‘Voyager of the Seas’ I was reminded of the importance of versatility for the professional comedian. I also paused to think about the difference between the comedian who spends years building their niche vs the comedian who works more commercially. […]
Something about a crowd on holidays…
I don’t know what it is but a crowd on holidays on a ship is something really special. They’re not necessarily comedy experts but they just love to laugh and so make a really honest, committed crowd. Not to mention a large crowd. I tried to count the Versailles Lounge […]
BRAINSTUFF show newsflash! Woman finds out she’s colourblind!
Great show last night. Ran my tests on the audience and a lady found out she was colour blind. Never knew! Awesome volunteers got up too. I’ve got 7 shows to go. This is a really interesting time in a festival. It’s the big drive towards the finish line. It’s […]
My wife Sharni and I are proud to announce a new addition to our family – Tarquin Marlo Cameron born 18th Jan 2014. He’s a very healthy little boy weighing in at 4.72 kg (10.4lb)! So it’s fair to say that life has changed quickly around here already. Felix and […]
A busy month
It’s been a very busy month! I MC’d the Australia and New Zealand Geotech Conference at Crown Casino’s Palladium room for Leishman Associates and ICMI Speakers and Entertainers. The event was the Gala Dinner in a busy conference and adding some fun seemed to go down really well. Next […]
Corporate Stand Up Comedy – my 10 point checklist
You never stop learning I keep hearing over and over that corporate stand up comedy gigs can ‘destroy your soul’ as an artist. This is perfectly understandable given the difference between a club gig and a corporate gig. I find that I never stop learning ways to improve my corporate […]
Gigs and more gigs…
I’ve been having a ball working as a featured comedian on the Carnival Spirit in the last few weeks. Trips to Noumea, Vanuatu and most recently New Zealand. The best part about heading to the ‘land of the long white cloud’ was that it was the first time for most […]
My first TEDx experience was fantastic. It was hard work with lots of intros needing editing and plenty of background research but it was all worth it. While I’m very used to the corporate MC style, I’m not used to working to a crowd most with their heads deep in […]
Comedy Festival 2014 for Kids!
Today I’ll be performing for the youngest audience ever in my career at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2014. I’m even bringing my own kids. I’ve decided to roll out an excerpt from my cruise ship family show. With 10mins required I’ll perform ‘Rindercella’. It’s an old Ronnie Barker routine that […]