I was invited a while ago to talk about nerds on television on the pre-eminent Australian TV podcast, Boxcutters. My episode is up as of yesterday, so if you want to hear me talk about why I don't like The Big Bang Theory for around twenty minutes or so, give it a shot - and even if you don't like my ranting, you will probably enjoy Josh and John's weekly ruminations on all things television.

Also in TV: tonight's a big one for the ABC, as their new Wednesday night comedy line-up appears in full for the first time: In Gordon Street Tonight, followed by Woodley, followed by Outland. I am in one of these shows, for one night only - tonight! Can you guess which one?
So, after a long absence, I think I might post here again. Just occasionally, you know? It's nice to have a personal blog space, not like my book blog (which is focussed on, well, books), or my work blogs (work as in trying to maintain some kind of profile as a comedian), or Twitter (which I have taken to like some kind of aquatic fowl to the local lake), or Facebook (where I've been laying low; it's really weird to continue to hear about the exploits of people who've left your life, especially when you didn't want them to and/or you feel weird/guilty about it).

So what to write about? Well, I should mention Dungeon Crawl, I suppose - my D&D inspired impro show is now going to be on monthly in Melbourne, which is pretty sweet. The first one is next Wednesday (February 2), but you can read about it at the link.

I should also say that I spend my Australia Day on a mountain at the wedding of an old friend and it was one of the best wedding ceremonies I've ever seen. It made me glad to know that even in my current state of uncertainty, grief and recovery, I can still find joy in the happiness of others. And they were so very happy, though - and this is perhaps my favourite part - no more happy than they are all the time because they truly love each other. This wasn't a "squeeze all happiness into a single moment that will never be equalled again" kind of wedding, but a true expression and celebration of a love that has and will endure. I love you guys.

What else? I did a marathon of the (extant) Twilight movies last night. There was a drinking game. Surprisingly, we got pretty drunk during the first film, but and a bit during the second, but the third one didn't offer too many drinking moments. The third one is the best, by the way. But I'm still opposed to the whole thing. Bella is the single worst female character I have ever encountered in fiction: powerless, feckless, helpless...just less. She makes no decisions about her own life, and is entirely defined by her "love" for Edward, which of course is instant and everlasting and never questioned in any kind of rational way. It makes me a little sick, actually; possibly this is because I recently lost the love of my life-so-far because she was too young to know I was right enough for her. And she was 25. This film tells young women that at 17, it's fine to instantly fall for the man you will stay with for the rest of your life, though at least she's a little weird about getting married and slightly normal about wanting to get it on.

Anyway, I live-tweeted during the whole thing. It only ended up costing me two followers, and a couple of people thanked me for watching on their behalf so they don't have to. To be honest I had fun, but the thought that anyone might see anything admirable in the OTT "romantic" shenanigans indulged by the main characters is abhorrent to me.

To balance it all out, I'm going to see True Grit today. Should be quite a balancin', I reckon. Yup.
No-one in my family ended up in any of the wars of the past century, as far as I know; they were always too young, or too old, or (in the very early days) too Irish. On the other hand, the one Italian branch of the family could have veterans in it. But regardless, today is a reminder of all wars, throughout time and place - specifically a reminder that they can - and should - be brought to an end.

I know I haven't been here for a while, and today seems an odd day to resurface. It's been hot (mid 30s!) in Melbourne, and I've been busy. My first proper stand-up spot in years turned out to be a pretty great tight five (that's comedian lingo for five minutes of very good material), and the character piece I performed at the same gig went down well too, though being in a suit in this heat in the small front room of the Brunswick Green, crowded with nearly 80 people... That was suffering for my art, I can tell you. Great to do some more comedy acting, though, and I'll be coming back. If you like political comedy, be sure to check out our room - Political Asylum is the name, and there's even a web site (there might be video footage of my spot on there, eventually!).

This week and next are full. I'm doing some extra training work for my main day job employer, which is good because I get to charge what I used to earn while training - and I need the extra cash for my upcoming trip to New York (I'll be in the US and Canada from November 23, and NYC from December 5 to 15). This does mean that, while coming down with some kind of throat infection and hayfever, I did a gig on Sunday night, then talking all day about Word 2007 on Monday, and then yesterday talked for half a day straight to a camera and then just a microphone about the evils of fast food (it was another education video job).

So, things are good, but I'm feeling a bit rough. This holiday will be just what  I need - assuming I can figure out exactly where we're going between our first few days in Boston and our last week and a half in NYC... (I'd like to do a circuit of Montreal, Toronto and Niagara, but I'm not sure it's practical.)

Oh, one last thing - I have a climate change related gig on November 20, at Trades Hall, titled Laughmageddon II: The Copenhagening. It's raising money for the ACF's "Towards Copenhagen" campaign, and I've been assisting the main brains behind it, Dan Walmsley, in giving it some shape. Should be a good mix of comedians presenting a comedy version of the "an inconvenient truth" presentation, so if you're free, come along!

Yes, I've read three Asimov books (plus one short story) in a row: all of the Elijah Baley/Daneel Olivaw detective stories, the Robot novels.

It hasn't taken long. I've inhaled them. Asimov is like Pratchett in that respect, at least in these books - a page turner, a joy to read. As Dave said, it's ice cream. Other books I've read recently I've enjoyed, but it's been a considered enjoyment.

For those who don't know, I've embarked on a reading project this year, documented at a new blog, My Blog Loves a Bunch of Authors. I'm quite behind, because some of the books I've read have not been ice cream. Instead, they've been something spicy, enjoyable but leaving an odd taste behind. Another was something new, a foreign dish, tried gingerly and very satisfying once digested, but also changing my understanding of food and the culture and world that creates it. But it pains me a little that, even though I do discuss my reading habits on that blog, I only add books from the project in the "Books Read" list, and it looks like I've been very lazy. This is especially sad considering how I've just reignited my passion for reading and have fired through three novels in three weeks (the last of which bigger than the first two combined!).

Currently the project is on hold because I have yet to locate a book by the next author on my list: Pierre Berton. He's a Canadian, and what's more an historian and columnist. Finding his books in Australia is proving...difficult. I may have to revise my own rules...

While you're here, allow me to spruik the brief return season of my beloved's excellent Comedy Festival show, World War Wonderful. This Thursday to Sunday - that's June 4 to 7 - 9pm (8pm Sunday) at the Butterfly Club (details and bookings on their web site). If you like the idea of boogie song and dance in the style of the Andrews Sisters, but with a dark satirical anti-war flavour, then get along! I'll be there Thursday and possibly Sunday.

Bushfires

Feb. 10th, 2009 12:58 pm
The 2009 Victorian bushfires are the worst Australia has ever seen. The Age now estimates the fires may have claimed 300 lives, with weather conditions pushing the fires so fast, and not always in easily anticipated directions, that many people were caught in their homes before they could be warned to leave. I'm not sure how well or otherwise things were managed, but I do know these fires are not what even seasoned bushfire veterans are used to.

If you want to help, consider donating blood or money or both to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire appeal. They'd prefer you to use the web site, though it was not coping with the load when I tried using it on Sunday. I have also heard that they have enough blood for immediate use but will need to replenish stocks in the next couple of months, so you needn't go immediately.

I've tried contacting the people I know in regional areas, but there aren't many I still keep in touch with; I hope all of you are safe. Here in suburban Melbourne, it all feels oddly distant. I spent Saturday safely hiding from the heatwave inside my house playing Fallout 3 - later, some of the scenes from Bendigo and Kinglake seemed indistinguishable from the post-apocalyptic Capital Wasteland setting of the game.

Meanwhile the UK is getting unusual amounts of snow, and temperatures here have dropped by nearly 30 degrees in a few days. Regardless of the cause, surely no-one can deny that our planet's climate is seriously  fucked.
The Red Cross Blood Service sent me an online customer feedback survey to fill out; you know the type. "How much do you agree with the statement x? 0 - Completely disagree, 5 - neither, 10 - Completely agree", that sort of thing. But this question, well...judge for yourself:

"How satisfied were you with the insertion of the needle?"

I gave them an 8/10, but I'm not entirely sure what that really means. Surely their competency is more important than if I was "satisfied"?

They also asked me how much I agreed with the statement "I really enjoy giving blood". I'm starting to think this is a scam survey run by vampires...

I'm off to Sydney for the weekend, to catch up with friends. If you're a friend, and you live in Sydney, then get in touch if you haven't already!
It's been a busy few weeks as the sun peers down upon Melbourne for the first time in many months! But now Fringe is over, and with it, the first ever proper season of Set List, a new musical improvisation format with a great deal of potential. We only got near to realising that potential on the last night, though I still think the second show was very good, too. It was a product of not enough time spent on the right things, and there'll be a lot of words and discussion before I get involved with another season, but I hope we do bring it back and do it right.

I am proud of that last show, though, and of some of my improvised lyrics, including our very last song, a "We Are the World" style charity single which ended up being for that much forgotten cause, feline AIDS. My favourite line: "People think that cats get AIDS from havin' unprotected sex like mugs / but the truth is most cats get feline AIDS from usin' intravenous drugs". The refrain was also cute: "Get spayed, not kitty AIDS"...I like to think there was a little serious message mixed in with that frivolity.

This week is still busy, though; we've had a short cycle for this month's Anarchist Guild Social Committee, so we've been putting hard yards in rehearsing our arses off; its particularly interesting for me because, while I'm not performing in it much, I am directing this month's show, so in a way it'll be a more me show than usual... We'll see how it goes. I'm excited about our guests: we have Die Roten Punkte - who've been getting JJJ airplay! - and my old friend Scott Gooding, whose return to the stage in a one-man sketch comedy show, Eric, was nothing short of a triumph. Plus the usual Anarchist nonsense. For all the stress and occasional confusion, it really is a joyous show to be involved with.

The other surprising news is that I've had a bunch of corporate gig requests come out of nowhere - one for tonight for the CSIRO, one for Thursday at Melbourne Uni (which admittedly was booked six months ago), and one in December on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast! I'm still waiting to find out how they heard of me up there...

But there's no rest for the wicked. Adelaide Fringe registrations closed on Friday, and at the last minute I had to say no to doing a tour at the South Australian Museum, since they wanted to charge me a hire fee, plus the cost of extra security, to use their space - it wasn't tenable with that factored into the budget. I should still be at Adelaide Fringe for the Anarchist Guild, though, and hopefully I'll still do another comedy tour here for Comedy Festival - and I've a new show, or maybe two or three, in the works as well...

So many ideas, so little time!
Yes, it's Fringe time again! And yes, I'm in stuff. Only a couple of things - the work never stops for the Anarchist Guild Social Committee, after all - but if you're not inspired to attend or watch the Grand Final, I do have an alternative for your Saturday afternoon:

 
Shaolin Punk presents
Set List
An improvised music show starring cabaret superstar Karin Muiznieks (Give My Regards to Broady), rock’n'roll nerd Ben McKenzie (Science-ology) and musical impro genius Dan Walmsley (Musical Director, Impro Sundae).

A made-up band plays made-up songs written on the spot from your suggestions, in a different genre for each show.

Saturday afternoons during Fringe:
September 27 - Folk; October 4 - Jazz; October 11 - Rock
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall
Tickets $15 / $12; book at melbournefringe.com.au or get tickets at the Bella Union box office, Trades Hall
 
If you do like footy, then I also have you covered: come see the 2008 AFL Season Review on Tuesday night, September 30. 75 minutes of sketches, stand-up, song and otherwise hilarious footy nonsense at the New Ballroom, Trades Hall.
barrington: (Bill Bailey)
I bought an iPod. It's probably the loveliest piece of technology I have ever owned. Since my laptop is named Soundwave, I have named my iPod Ratbat and my iPhone Laserbeak. Nerds love naming things, don't we?

But this initiated my pending big project - moving my iTunes library from my old desktop PC (rarely used now) to my laptop. I have used the official Apple guide to doing so, along with this guide from blogger David Kadavy. It's not quite done yet, I'll let you know how I go!

I'm also a bit excited because I bought tickets for Bill Bailey's new show, Tinselworm. Should be a corker.

One last thing - if you've been meaning to come down and support The Crew, this Sunday would be an excellent time to do so. We won't be back for a while - not before November at the earliest - and we've been doing it tough, so your support would be appreciated. Details on the web site, as usual.

Okay, so I have been seriously thinking about getting a 3G phone. I really want something with Internet, that has decent battery life, and which I can use to sync with or access my online calendar. And it seems all these desires point to iPhone. Today, I found out my telecom company, Virgin, now offers them, and on a pretty good deal. Plus, well, I started running a (very sporadic) D&D campaign recently, and... Well, I just found Mach Dice. It's not just a dice roller, it's a ridiculously pretty dice roller.

I can't quite get past the fact that I just bought an 80GB iPod mere months ago. Even though I'd primarily use an iPhone as a phone (and even a 16GB one couldn't hold all my music anyway), I don't know if I can justify having two super expensive gadgets like that. I didn't even get a DS until it was my birthday. And yet...well, it just seems to do what I want better than anything else on the market.

It doesn't help that I just adopted my work's only Macintosh, a little Mac Mini, unused since our previous developer left many months ago. It's feeding my love of all things Mac, and by extension Apple. If they can make a Mac, surely they can't mess up a phone?
So,uh...I'm in the Herald-Sun today. Not in a small way, either; you can't see it on the web site, but my face covers nearly half the first page of their education supplement, Learn. It's a weird feeling that my first major media interview is in a paper I don't often read, but hopefully the exposure will do me some good. I do really like the photo.

I should also mention that, while I don't write here much (though I'll try a bit more often), I am now regularly blogging about at least vaguely science-related topics over at labcoatman.com.au, which now runs on WordPress. You can probably add it as an RSS feed if you want to read it here, but if enough of you would like me to I'll set it up to automagically cross-post.

I've watched a little of the Olympics over the past few days; I'm not much of a sportsman, but I did enjoy the women's volleyball, since it's one of the few games I've competed in myself (though not women's volleyball, obviously) and thus understand. I was rotting rooting (thanks Halo) for Poland, but China beat them - it was a hell of a match.

The other one I enjoyed watching was the archery, the men's team event, where Italy took it down to the wire but were narrowly beaten by Korea. The Korean women had won the team event too, and scored a world record into the bargain. It reminded me that I keep thinking every now and then I'd like to take up archery; I had a go a few times in my youth and rather enjoyed it. It seems like a very relaxing and satisfying sport, though I must say modern bows are even more elaborate than I remember, with counterweights on the front resembling one of those toy lightsabers that extends outward...
Been a while between drinks, I know, but here I am! Just a quick update this time: today I went to Melbourne Museum to see the dissection of a giant squid. If I'd been more on the ball, I may have been able to organise a camera and a press pass, but as it was I only found out about it late yesterday afternoon. It was pretty packed - anyone watching the live webcast would have had a better view than me! Since a couple of weeks ago I got to scratch a giant tortoise at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, I'm feeling like I've fulfilled my giant animals quota for the year. Not that I wouldn't mind meeting a few more - especially if they're alive!

Speaking of giant animals, I'm picking up the dice again to run a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Not owning any of the core books for previous editions, I decided to give the new fourth edition a go. If you're curious, feel free to ask me about it my verdict so far is it's a lot of fun and easier for new players to pick up (lots of people say it has much in common with modern online RPGs, and they're not wrong), but the actual roleplaying aspect suffers a little because it's a little harder to separate the mechanics from the game world.

Anyway, I run my first session next week. The group is a nice mix of new and old roleplayers, most of whom I haven't played with before, and yes, my girlfriend is playing. Should be a blast!

In career related news: I'm now artistic director of The Crew, and I have been trying to provide direction to our art for a month or so now. We've moved to a new venue - the Bella Union at Trades Hall, and it's awesome. No Al Swearengen Cy Tolliver though. (Thanks Leah.) If you want to know about our gigs, you can get on our mailing list (see the web site) or become a fan on Facebook (it's what all the cool groups are doing now). I also have some other shows: the Anarchist Guild Social Committee (no web site yet) is a monthly live sketch show, also at the Bella Union. The second one is this Sunday, July 20. It'll be a corker. I also have a couple of projects for Fringe Festival, a new solo science show for Science Week, and I'll be doing Not the Nobel Prize at the Museum again this year, if all goes well. More details on these soon.
We all know I love dinosaurs. Hell, I was quoted about them in The Age. So imagine my delight to find on Facebook an event titled "Act Like A T. Rex Day", with more than 100,000 people signed up?

Of course, most of them won't be in Melbourne, but a few might be. And we've sold around 50% of tickets already. The last night is going to be huge!

Which means, of course, that I'm already planning the next few comedy tours...
Some of you may have seen the no star review of the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour printed in The Age. Well, I agree, we were ill-prepared that first night - but it was still a fun show, and the audience seemed to have a great old time. Plus, we've now have some very nice reviews; you can find links to them on the Comedy Festival web site pages for both the museum and OBE.

This Tuesday, though, a man from Chortle is coming to see A Record or an OBE. He gave me my only bad review last year, but gave a lovely positive review of the Museum Comedy Tour today.

Chortle is the big UK comedy web site; it's read by fans, professionals, everyone interested in comedy in the UK, really. So this is a great opportunity.

So, if you haven't seen the show yet, it'd be great if you could come along on Tuesday. Tickets are only $10 each! If you've come before, get in touch; you can come again for free if you're really keen.

Finally, if you've been unable to come but would like to, I've just organised a one off late show which will probably be in a larger room at 11 PM on Friday, April 11. So you can get to see the show after all!
Helen Razer's review is now online at The Age; let me know what you think.

Tonight I'm appearing as the guest Scrabble player for Scrabble Unscripted, the impro show where Scrabble words provide the inspiration. It should be great fun, so if you're looking for an impro fix, come on down!

Remember if you're coming to OBE this week that it's only on tonight and the weekend; Wednesday to Friday is the Museum tour.
Just when I had started to think that maybe I am just a frail, pale ginger man, living in a continent which should rightfully belong to black skinned humans for physiological reasons as much as any other, I learned that this is officially Adelaide's worst ever heat wave since records began. Yesterday we reached nine consecutive days over 35 degrees, and no relief is expected until next week - when I'll be home in Melbourne.

Crazy Adelaide. Still, it was a few degrees cooler yesterday than previously, so I went out after midnight and had a few drinks and a dance at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. It was the first real partying I've done the whole time I've been here, as I've previously been too hot or stressed to enjoy myself properly.
So: it's a week in to the Adelaide Fringe run of A Record or an OBE. And it's been a bit weird.

For one thing, the audience reaction has been completely different. In Melbourne, the audiences laughed a lot; only a couple latched on to the drama and ignored (or failed to notice) the jokes. Here, our first two audiences were virtually silent. Sadly, this is when the Advertiser came, and it's painfully obvious from the two-star review that our reviewer didn't get any of the humour. Our numbers fluctuated but we managed half houses on average, which isn't bad. But without the little push from a good review - or any comments at all on Fringe forum talkfringe, despite our second night being full of people who got free tickets from the site - numbers are seriously low for next week.

It's not all bad news: the only non-Murdoch paper in town, the Independent Weekly, gave us a lovely review which was printed on Saturday; that, along with putting the show on the 2 for 1 tickets list, got us very good houses considering it was the Womadelaide weekend. I've been playing with The Crew, both in our "Short Order Impro" show (which has been getting steadily bigger crowds), and our team in the local impro competition "Clash of the Theatre Titans", which are both great opportunities to plug the show to large, happy crowds. (We won all three of the competitions, by the way; I got to play a "Thank God You're Here" style scene tonight as our prize, and it was great fun!) Plus The Fix has been looking for editorial content, and will publish a "Top Ten Goodies Moments" article I penned early this week, which is more good publicity.

This city is weird, though. The people are largely lovely and very kind, but the city itself has multiple personality disorder. It's been beautiful: the Northern Lights exhibition, part of the International Arts Festival, is an awe-inspiring installation of art projected onto public buildings. (One of my favourites was the fossils, mostly trilobites and fish, projected onto the Museum - though that's also a reminder that I'll be leaving just before palaeontology week!)

On the flip side, the city's also trying to kill me. It has been stupidly hot every day this week, with the Mercury staying consistently above body temperature. The clear skies explain the heat during the day, but I'm still weirded out by how hot is stays at night. (Our venue The Fridge is very ironically named: it's not the actual fridge, but what seems to have been a loading bay. Unlike the rest of the factory floor there's no insulation or ducting in the roof; it's just a brick box with a tin roof. We've abandoned the jumper and jacket and we're doing the show in rolled up shirt sleeves.) It's also a long way between places, and I've discovered my shoes aren't quite the right size for hours of walking in hot weather...

I have seen some great shows, though. Mostly comedy, stuff I've missed previously or won't get to see in Melbourne, but today I saw Under Milk Wood performed by Guy Masterson with my friend Janine, and it was wonderful.

One week to go!
The sky is clear, there's better beer, in Adelaide.

Thanks Ben Folds. You totally prepared me for Adelaide.

As soon as I stepped off the plane, the place felt familiar. I had, after all, lived here for a month two years ago, and since the Fringe would be happening in all the same places, I already knew my way around. The place I organised for us to stay is on the small side, but not inconvenient; there's a bus that goes from just across the road all the way into the city every 15 minutes on weekdays, and pretty often at other times.

The venue for my show, the Fringe Factory (in the old Balfours Pie Factory), is beautiful; I've taken some photos and I'll put them up soon. My theatre space is wonderful, and I appreciate it all the more after the difficulty one of my friends has had with an independent venue manager who fulfilled none of the promises made in the hire contract. (She's had to find an alternate venue over the last three days, which was only possible because of the wonderful assistance of the Fringe staff.)

If the Factory has a down side, then it's being on the other side of town from the Garden of Unearthly Delights, a carnival style area with multiple venues, rides and sideshow style attractions which is run by independent company Strut 'n' Fret. It's quite a beautiful place to go, and after a shaky start - experienced by the whole Festival as the Clipsal 500 car race had been moved to coincide with the first week - it's at it's usual full capacity, with thousands of people showing up there. Which of course means they're not going to the Fringe Factory, but we'll see if that's picked up post-Clipsal soon.

I've seen a few shows already; mostly stuff I won't get a chance to see again, either because I missed them at other festivals or they'll clash with my schedule at Comedy Festival. I also missed a show today thanks to misreading the address; I didn't realise there'd be another Rundle Street in a suburb outside the CBD!

More soon. The show doesn't open until Tuesday, but the first couple of nights are sold out. Hopefully word of mouth, plus cross-promotion with Rob's other show, will get us some more sales for the rest of the season, which is pretty empty so far. If you know anyone who might be interested, please do tell them about the show! You can find out all the relevant details at my web site.

PS - on the Comedy Festival front, OBE has sold next to nothing but interest in the Museum Tour continues to escalate. I think it'll be a hit.
I know I more or less promised a part two to the last installment, but I've been busy. I will commit that story to screen, though, and soon. But the reason I'm here is more pragmatic.

I've finally got a YouTube video up of one of my shows; it's a 51 second clip from my play, A Record or an OBE, and I think it's a good funny moment that showcases the show well (even if the video quality isn't amazing). I've embedded it below; if you like it, please stick it on your own LJ, your blog, web sites, wherever. There are two seasons of the show coming up, in Adelaide and Melbourne, and the more publicity the better!

More news soon. Promise.

The end is nigh! The end of 2007, anyway. I don't get on here nearly as much as I used to, but I have managed to stick to my plan of titling every post with song lyrics. Here's a bit of a rundown on the time since last I wrote:
  • We had an election. Hard to feel like my vote accomplished much given I live in such a safe Labor seat, but it was an exciting and satisfying evening; my one regret was that I didn't make it Trades Hall, where I'm given to believe the party was phenomenal. Kerry O'Brien and Anthony Green were excellent, as always, and Maxine McKew, well...she's a heroine for the new age.
  • The Crew has started gigging regularly again. If you're on Facebook, you've no doubt seen all the events popping up; of course you can also find out who's on when and where on The Crew's web site, which has had a bit of face lift. I'm next up in a couple of weeks when I'll be co-hosting the Christmas show, largely because of the next item.
  • I'm starring this week in a 10-minute musical titled The Lobotomist. It's an entry for the Short and Sweet play competition, and the first musical entry, at least in Melbourne. (I'm not sure if the standard Short and Sweet in Sydney has had any musicals, but they now have a spin-off called Short and Sweet and Song which is all musicals, so perhaps they have.) If you're in Melbourne this week, the 12th to the 15th, come along. It's funny and fun. We're on last, which is probably good from a "sticking in people's heads and getting some votes" point of view.
  • I've just about finished all the preliminary production work for the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival seasons of A Record or an OBE; now I just have to find the rest of the money I need up front. The peril of doing a half-hour show turns out to be that venues won't charge you half as much, but I very much doubt punters want to pay full price for a half-length show. It's making the finances difficult. I haven't made a loss since the last time I did Adelaide Fringe, so here's hoping...
  • Off to Queensland to see my family in January for about a week, mostly the Gold Coast but maybe a bit of Brisbane action. Got a gig while I'm up there, too, which is nice as I only have to pay to fly up there, not back. So I'll be in Melbourne for Christmas and New Year's for the first time in a few years, which is lovely.
I think that's all the important stuff at the moment. I certainly don't have time in my life for much else; even work is having to take a bit of a back seat (I'm very lucky to have a flexible casual job), which is squeezing the finances a little tighter. I'm sure it'll all work out, though.

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