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 5!
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 of the international crew onboard. They poured onto the crew only front deck of the huge ship as we entered Milford Sound. Luckily the weather cleared in time for us to take some great pics.
My last trip was Christchurch to Sydney arriving at Circular Quay. By a stroke of good fortune one of my favourite corporate clients called asking me to MC her corporate awards night at the Sydney Opera House. As luck would have it the dates aligned and I stepped off the ship, into a hotel alongside the ship and then I walked to the venue. Perfect! It was a sensational night which ended with a rockin’ set from Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens.
Finally, I have just returned from MCing the AIME conference ‘Hosted Buyers Breakfast’ for my 3rd year in a row. My job was to write a little comedy spot, warm up the 300+ international guests and introduce the various speakers. The most fun happens at the end when I have to send the audience off into small groups. This year I created a novel way of sending them off. Rather than just calling out their tour numbers I played a song to the whole room. They then had to identify the number referenced in the song before leaving if was theirs. Songs included ‘One’, ‘Four to the Floor’ and ‘Knock Three Times’. They really enjoyed the challenge as some songs were way harder to pick than others.
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 capacity and got lost around 350ish. The mad rush to get in the lounge helps with the sense of anticipation. Especially when there’s up to 1500 upstairs in the main theatre with only a small percentage of the most athletic getting in to my show.
My last cruise from Vanuatu to Sydney had a great group of passengers including lots of large groups; 50 from Sydney, 14 from Adelaide and a whole bunch from QLD. These guys were in great spirits considering many of them didn’t know what they were to find on returning home after the floods.
I had some ripper shows in the Punchliners Comedy Club, especially my late adult shows. Thanks to the crew and my fellow performers Hung Le (see below) and Ben Murphy. Great Fellas!
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 their iPads tweeting anything of interest! A couple of my asides were tweeted immediately. Hilarious!!
I really enjoyed the selection of speakers which included Shanaka Fernando from Lentil As Anything restaurants , Adam O’Donnell ex SAS member- now Leadership trainer and Helen Macdonald the corporate optimist.
I enjoyed getting the crowd dancing for Joseph D’Souza’s arrival onto stage. Check out the pic!
Thanks to Adam Yeo for his great event and to Troy and Zara from Humour Australia for asking me to MC for them. (They are sensational MC’s by the was so it’s always a pleasure to fill in for them; you know the gig’s going to be great!)