Recently we’ve been touring a lot. Just after the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, literally 2 days after we closed the show, we were on the road in far north Queensland with the MICF Roadshow. 6 comedians, a tour manager and a stage manager crammed into 2 people movers performing all over the state. A travelling sideshow. A “Tarago” of Comedians is the collective noun. We drove for hours to get to little towns around QLD that are starved for comedy 364 nights a year. Proserpine, Innisfail, Townsville, Mackay, Capella, Mt Isa, Cairns, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Noosa, Logan, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Redcliffe. Crowds from anywhere between 300 and 1300 people. We’ve performed to more people in the last 5 weeks than have come to see us IN TOTAL in the last 5 years at Comedy Festival. That’s both awesome and depressing at the same time.
It’s not easy being on the road for so long. It’s hard being away from the family, it’s hard to eat a balanced diet, it’s hard to wash your undies in a hotel bathroom sink. The small difficulties of day-to-day life are well and truly made up for in job satisfaction. It’s great fun getting a chance to travel with amazing comedians from around the world. Living in each others pockets for weeks on end, you really get to know each other better than you do during the festivals. Loud noisy bars and drunken conversations are replaced with air conditioned cars and stupid observations. Laughing, snoozing and tapping along to music as you watch the scenery slowly change as the trees whiz past. And that’s just the travel part of the job. By night we get to do what we love in front of hundreds of people, and then watch our new found friends do the same. It really is a pretty sweet job.
I’m writing this from my loungeroom in Fitzroy. We’ve still got a little more roadshow to come in the approaching months, which we are greatly looking forward to, but for now, it’s nice to sleep in your own bed.