Night 3 The Comedy Store

Ill start by saying I am Very spaced out today so sorry if this sounds like a lot of rambling!

Last night I headed back to The Comedy Store to check a huge line up with the likes of Bill Burr, Mark Maron, Pauly Shore, Steve Rannazzisi, Dean Delray, Jeff Ross, Joey Diaz Neal Brennan and many more.

I arrived about 30 mins before the show, two girls were sharing a spliff out the front they said hi nice t-shirt here pass it around so I had a brief chat and passed it round. Don’t worry I have My Medical Card Woooo! Tickets were only $15 for this show but it was in the original room which properly only holds about 90 people, the line was huge so I figured I could just head in as a comedian at the end which they are cool with like The Comics Lounge.

While I was waiting a newer comedian from came over and started chatting Al from Texas he seemed to be an encyclopaedia on Comedy this dude knows a shitload comedy facts. He was a nice guy I started to meet a few other younger open mic acts. Alex Duong he was really cool he was telling me about the scene and different shows around town. And Ari Mannis he was working the door at the Store, hey that rhymes! Ari had done some gigs back in Australia including my home ground of at The Comics Lounge on the Mad Monday show with Doug Chappel.

We headed to the back of the room where the comedians sit to watch the show then a waitress came over and asked what drink I wanted for the 2 drink minimum? I didn’t want to sound like a dick by saying I’m a comedian so I said lemonade. Then she asked if I wanted them doubled or something like that which I think meant bring them over now and get the 2 drink minimum thing out of the way. I just stared at her like a dog that’s been shown a card trick! I knew what she was on about I was just playing dumb for a goof. Then someone came over and said oh he’s a comedian you don’t have to buy 2 drinks. Great? No!

1 act in and we get kicked out to make way for the public cause its a full show! Fuck! I should have just paid for the drinks and I wouldn’t have been moved Idiot!

So I spent the next hour waiting to get back in chatting to other acts. One dude was funny as fuck Eric Carter from Mississippi he was crazy along with the full on southern accent. So I missed Burr missed Maron Delray and Shore. It didn’t bother me that much cause ill see them around this week and in Montreal anyway.

Then I saw a familiar face Justin Edbrooke,  I met Justin last year with the boys from the lounge we had lunch he’s a really nice guy.  Justin is an agent for a lot of my favourite acts from Joey Diaz to Ari Shaffir. He said come over and meet Joey Diaz and I said Fuck yes! I will come and meet Joey Diaz!  Joey is one of my favs his podcast and comedy have been a big influence on my Stand up so i was freaking out when I shook his hand. He was very laid back and friendly Jeff Ross came over and had a quick chat but I really wanted back into the room so I could watch these two in action. So i said bye and great to meet you and snuck back into the room.

It was great timing cause I got to see Steve Rannazzisi then Neal Brennan who is a great writer co creator of Chappelle Show He was great I was so happy I got to see him.  Jeff Ross was also great bagging out the audience and going hard at them and getting away with it the crowds really get it its about fun not being PC just fun. Then Joey came out and he was even better live than i could have imagined he goes anywhere without a care but you can’t help but love him. He could talk about the worse possible subjects and get away with it clean!

Once Joey finished the crowd started leaving its weird to watch cause the room is packed then the next act walks up as half the crowd walk out! I hung around and watched another heap of acts I didn’t know them except for Tony Hinchcliffe who I was hanging to see. He really didn’t do any material cause of the crowd size. I learnt that last year you can’t just go into material in a small crowd or it looks weird just lead them into a bit here and there.

By this time I was really spaced out and dragged myself home.

Lessons I learnt Buy a ticket next time $15 bucks 2 drinks killer line up haha.

When they go after the crowd they don’t hold back almost roasting them but they dig it here.

A lot of the twists in the routines you don’t see coming. The really dark stuff like a lot did bits about the shooting last week and didn’t care. Most had a great punch for it so the crowd were with them.

Don’t get really stoned b4 the show then you will remember more of what you saw!!!

Tonight I’m off to the Icehouse in Pasadena I have a spot thanks to Ari for hooking me up then Joe Rogan is on after at 10pm another one of my idols. This will rock!

Be cool stay in school.

Flemo

The Comedy Store night 1

Last night was my first night back at the Store in a year. It has a feeling to the place I can’t really describe but its awesome. Monday night they have over 40 acts on in the original room I didn’t see them all but most seem fairly new or not at the pro level yet but they were all good. One thing that stuck out was that they all spoke and performed with 100% confidence and in their own voice.

My main reason for going tonight was to see the DeathSquad show Kill Tony in the Belly room. I am a huge fan of the Deathsquad guys, they are a huge influence on my comedy.

The Kill Tony show is a live podcast and open mic show where over 50 acts put their name in a bucket and 8 get drawn out to perform 1 minute and each show has 2 special guest Legends of Comedy. This week had to rippers The godfather of American stand up Dom Irrera and the king of the roast Jeff Ross. The hosts of the show Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban bring out our guest and straight away they are all riffing on each other setting a fun tone for the show.

The acts were all pretty new some said they have been doing it for years some brand new but again all spoke with confidence i guess it is an american thing of people are confident here were as in Australia we have the Tall Poppy syndrome of don’t think too much of yourself which is really poison to you if you want to stand on stage for a living.

So after each act performs the panel ask questions give and advice and bag the fuck out of the acts when you have Dom and Jeff doing that its going to be gold and it was! Jeff really gave out great advice really smart advice like prepare don’t get up and blow the gig off with oh i didn’t have time to prepare and much more. Where as Dom would give advice in a bagging out and funny way. For example and act would finish their set with excuse after excuse after excuse as to why it wasn’t good and Dom would say. “So do you have an excuse for that performance?”

I won’t talk about the acts as they are new and It’s not for me to judge them although one dude DJ from Georgia he was crazy and funny as fuck!

You can view the podcasts here http://www.deathsquad.tv/category/kill-tony/

I will put my name in the hat when i get back in a few weeks and hopefully get up.

Now to what I took out of the show and learnt. For starters some of the acts have been putting their name in the bucket for 8 – 9 months! So be grateful that you can get a gig in Melbourne guys just make the most and learn the most from each spot. Put in a new tag edit just try something to improve your set.

If you are going to bomb. Bomb with confidence on stage it will smooth things over. And you give yourself the best chance of winning the audience over.

Till tomorrow.

Flemo