|This is not a drill. It’s December. I repeat. It’s December.|
|Quick recap of 2021|
– Had some gigs in Jan and things were weird – limited capacity, masks and QR codes but people sharing mics. Life was strange
– On 13th Feb we had a snap lockdown until 17th Feb
– Melbourne (not so international) comedy festival managed to go ahead in Mar-April and Nicky Barry and I performed Motherfu(t, with Justine Sless as our trusty tech and Darren Markey as the fabulous pool boy
– On the 28th May we had another lockdown that ended on 10th June
– 28th June-3rd July, Unbridled hit the stage. The fourth attempt! We had rave reviews and with an audience to die for! Here’s a little promo video I made. (We will be reprising Unbridled in 2022)
– 16th July we went back into lockdown. It felt like the whole thing had been a dream.
– 3rd October Melbourne became the most locked down city in the world. Go us!
– 22nd October, things started to open up. Melbourne had endured/ survived 260 days of lockdown.Now – not quite two months on, we’re all still finding our feet. I hesitated to put on any shows (and Disgraceful was put very much on hold until 2022).
– I did however get to re-launch Queer Comedy IRL on 24th November and it was truly magical. I am so proud and madly in love with our QC community.
|Live From St Kilda with Ben Murphy on my Vimeo|
In case you didn’t see it, here’s my segment from Live From St Kilda, which I was lucky enough to be able to shoot during lockdown, with lots of restrictions.
It’s such a great production and I look forward to next season. The cast and crew were amazing.
Now we head toward the end of the year, with a new Covid-19 variant and uncertainty ever looming. I have booked a trip back to the UK to see my family there but it’s hard to get fully excited when I am aware that it could all get covid cancelled.
So, once again, clinging tightly to my tentative optimism, here’s some of what’s happening for me in the coming weeks:
– 15th December Guerilla Comedy, Hawthorn
– 23rd Dec – Hares & Hyenas 30 year celebration and the launch of Harehole Melbourne
– 23rd Jan- 13th Feb is Midsumma festival, so watch this space but so far I know I have…26th Jan – Queer Comedy Invasion day for Comedy at George‘s
– 30th Jan – Lemon Comedy for Midsumma I am beyond excited to be performing at Comedy Republic with this incredible line up
– Jaxson and I are also planning a Keep the Change in the new year
And of course… I need to get Disgraceful into the world!
|Over and out!|
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