Tuesday 2 January 2024

Comedy & Movie Diary 2024

0-Die : 1-Cr@p : 2-Watchable : 3-OK : 3.5-Nice : 3.75-Cool : 4-Good : 4.5-Very Good : 5-WOW
Key#'s : 1-walkout : 2-hate it : 3.5-acceptable : 3.75-worth the $s : 4.5-light-headed from laughing
Legend : T=ticket : F=coffee/food : C=Commute, ie, public transport/car(car rate=$2/10km)
Summery lists :- TV Movies - Cinema Movies - 

I'm the SIA of comedy watching, ie, I don't want to be famous, so please don't doxx me photo-wise or I'll cry - lol -, ie, I would prefer not to have photos posted. Thanks.
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27.05.24 : Just found out David James Young got the Guinness record for attending 257 gigs in a year, and was looking at his band list, so I got my band list book and made my own(600-ish) - Band Blog -
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17.07.24 : Joke Off Comedy : Kelly's on King(Newtown)
There's just something sad about going to the same show 2nd week in a row, ie, no enthusiasm because it's more of the same, so it didn't feel as good. Basically it kind-of died in the 2nd half, which can happen in when no one is getting paid and it's a free show. Them's the breaks - lol -. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 2.75] [T-$0 + F-$12 + C$6*] 

22.07.24 : Fitz of Laughter : The Old Fitzroy Hotel(Woolloomooloo)
It was good, it's just that the crowd was very ded in places. Basically all the comics got adequate laughs, if not fitting for the comedy level, except Sam, who practically only got silence - they didn't hate him, ie, they listened, but for some reason hardly laughed -. We got Bad Moms Nikki Valentine, and from the routine it feels like WA has a way bigger meth problem that I thought - lol -. Hamo was headliner, and it felt like he did his whole solo show, it was that long - lol -, ie, the crowd got way more than they deserved. The crowd probably clapped 3.75, but I'm bumping it to a 4 because it deserved more. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4] [T-$0 + F-$19 + C$6*]
Sam Bowden(MC), Julia Wilson, Jake Howie, Nikki Valentine, Andrew Hamilton

21.07.24 : Comedy Knock Knock : The Trocadero Room(Enmore)
It was good, it's just that the crowd could've been better, ie, they clapped/laughed, just not as loud as they should have. When I saw Daniel Muggleton I instinctively bought a ticket, but afterwards I remembered this place sometimes gets drunk f-wits. Thankfully there wasn't any, and that made the show good. The plumber from Sweeney's that I liked(Chris Saffie? can't find spelling) did another good set. I don't know why Freddie McManus slowed down his set, ie, it hits harder at the faster speed, but he was plenty good. Danielle Walker was doing new stuff which was good. John Cruckshank only did a short set, which was still good. And Daniel Muggleton was good. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75] [T-$13 + F-$11 + C$6*]
Sam Bowden(MC), Kiyanosh Sahebi, Chris Saffie?, Freddie McManus, Danielle Walker, John Cruckshank, Daniel Muggleton

20.07.24 : Tom Walker-My Treasures My Beautiful Treasures : iD Comedy Club(Kinselas Darlinghurst)
Tom Walker 3 times in one week is perfectly fine, isn't it? - lol -. I wasn't expecting this!. Like I was expecting the same material I just saw him do peppered with his usual slap-stick sketches, but about 75% of it was all new to me. And to top that off it was crazy weird stuff, ie, him following weirdos on weird forums, eg, self-suck and little d!ck forums. I didn't laugh 4, but it was so weird/new it was worth a 4. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4] [T-$22 + F-$12 + C$6*]

19.07.24 : Shad and Pete Save the World : iD Comedy Club(Kinselas Darlinghurst)
I was sitting there during the long break before the show got going - there's a lot of waiting while people write down problems -, still feeling tired from the last show thinking that doing 3 shows in a row was a bad idea, but as soon as it started that all went away because it was quite funny, ie, that woke me up. I was only 1 of 3 that had seen this show before, and still found it pretty funny, but there were people next to me that were dying from laughing - I think one was Bryce Lavery-Jacko lol -. A chaotic mess that doesn't go anywhere, but sure is fun coming along for the ride. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4] [T-$25 + F-$0 + C$0]
                                          Shad Wicka, Nick Cody, Luke Heggie, Peter James

19.07.24 : Midflight Brawl - Live : Carousel(Darlinghurst)
 To tell the truth I wasn't that keen on this - I only find it mildly amusing -, but went because I didn't want to stand outside in the cold for 2 hours waiting for the next show to start. The second problem was they pumped smoke into the room and that pushed the oxygen out, which had me yawing and fatigued, ie, felt out-of-it. The crowd seemed to like it, and maybe without the smoke I would've felt good enough to concentrate. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 2.5] [T-$27 + F-$0 + C$0]
                                                             Luke Heggie & Nick Cody

19.07.24 : Damien Power - Not so Funny Now is it? : Carousel(Darlinghurst)
Power is always good. Even though he does some political stuff - don't like political political because it winds up feeling like a lecture -, his political stuff ends silly, so it winds up being good/fun. He kind-of says his just a lonely builder, ie, not highly intelligent, but you can tell his mind races all the time, and that makes some of the stuff quite high-brow intelligent. Good. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4] [T-$37 + F-$0 + C$6*]

18.07.24 : Super Chill Comedy Club : Otis(Leichhardt)
We didn't have the fun group that made the laugh-track last time so it didn't have as much atmosphere, but it was fine. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$12 + C$6*]
             Jack Gow(MC), Kimberley Snow, ?, Bryce Lavery-Jacko, Guneet Kaur, Jackson Stewart

17.07.24 : Joke Off Comedy : Kelly's on King(Newtown)
Who would've thought you can have a good time with an audience of only 7, but the comics were good, and the crowd was friendly and made good sounds. It kind-of reminded me of the last time I was 20.06.24 : Super Chill Comedy Club : Otis where the good audience made the show better. Good. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$12 + C$6*]
Laura Coleman(MC), David Woodhead, Amelia Navascues, Andrew Hastings, Jack Gow, Mandy Scotney, Eric Hutton

16.07.24 : Hot Department : PACT Centre for Emerging Artists(Erskineville)
I remember reading some blurb on this and decided it wasn't for me, ie, not fond of sketch comedy, but since that was free I thought I might as well go to fill the time, and save $s - lol -. Well it was good right from the get-go. It fast paced, quirky, fun, but more importantly it was funny. A sketch near the end gets a bit confronting, ie, could've done without the holes in the nude-suit, and the two sketches after that were a bit too weird for me. Good. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$0]

16.07.24 : Alex Hines - Putting On A Show : PACT Centre for Emerging Artists(Erskineville)
I didn't find it delightful/charming, but it was nice enough. What it does have is a fair amount of production, eg, costume changes, lighting, sound cues, media clips, dancing, singing, and it travels at a decent pace so you won't be bored. The last 15min gets weird, and that's the part that grabbed me because weird/unusual/surreal is my thang, ie, it makes you think/imagine stuff. Nice. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$6*]

15.07.24 : Fitz of Laughter : The Old Fitzroy Hotel(Woolloomooloo)
Pat Doherty(MC), Billy D'Arcy, Tom Walker, Alex Jae, Michael Hing
This turned up late in the afternoon while I was organising a different show, and I figured since it's free, ie, I've been churning through $s lately, it would be the better option, and it was. Everyone was good, and Hing got his new stuff worked out better so it was good this time, plus he did his big  "Is that racist" story. I must be racist because I always mix up Doherty and D'Arcy - lol -. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4] [T-$0 + F-$14 + C$6*]
PS:It's been about a decade(2012) since I was last here - lol -.

15.07.24 : Twisters - movie
Action - Adventure - Thriller: A retired tornado-chaser and meteorologist is persuaded to return to Oklahoma to work with a new team and new technologies.
Twister(1996) was quick-fire and fun, this is slower, more serious, and un-fun, and that makes the lame bits standout more. Basically you can have lame/corny if it makes you laugh, but this had no humour at all. I was able to keep focus throughout, ie, not super bored, but I wasn't impressed by it, ie, it's par for the course for most PG-13 stuff. [2.5] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

13.07.24 : Free To A Good : ITS(Redfern)
Hosts: Ben Jenkins, Michael Hing - Guests: Tom Cardy, Stephanie Broadbridge, Bridie Jabour
This is always good for a change from standup. This time they did a personal problem, eg, a woman wanted to change her name and add her dead fathers name, and he wanted to cheat as compensation. Things for sale were corpse water, a $800K paddle wheel river boat - insert obligatory Wild Wild West(1999) gags here lol -, etc. Probably laughed about 3.5, but because it's different/new I liked it around 3.75. Plus I listened to the edit of the last ep and it was better than the recording, so it will probably be better than my laugh-level suggests. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$20 + F-$5 + C$6*]

12.07.24 : Broken Bay Brewing Co - Comedy Night : Broken Bay Brewing Co(Brookvale) 
It was half the crowd size of last night at Miranda, but they made twice the noise, and that always makes the show better, ie, an enthusiastic crowd that wanted to have fun. AL Del Bene(USA) smashed as the headliner, but he missed a roast when a guy trampled on his "lost 68lb" weight-loss punchline and nobody heard it. He's pretty abrasive with crowd-work so I was surprised he did repeat "I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS IN CELICUS" again, but instead gave the 31.7kg conversion. The guy before AL - sorry didn't catch the name - did super well, and Shash Kapur was also good. Super crowd made the arduous trek worth it. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4] [T-$20 + F-$10 + C$6*] 

11.07.24 : Comedy On Kingsway : Miranda Hotel
It was good, it's just when you get this far out of the city the crowds get dumb/bogan. Basically they don't know, nor wanted to know, stuff, so started talking when the subjects got boring, eg, inner-city comedy stuff. Eg: even though Michael Hing is from the area, and did a few bits about that, he was too city-fied for some here so a group at the back started talking loudly during. Also they don't know they are supposed to react, ie, not be timid and hold it in, so it took time before they started laughing. Thankfully Andrew Hamilton was first with stuff that was their demographic, and that got them loosened up somewhat. Billy D'Arcy, and especially John Cruickshank who killed, were also relatable with the crowd, so did very well. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 4] [T-$27 + F-$10 + C$7*]

10.07.24 : Joke Off Comedy : Kelly's on King(Newtown)
I don't know why but it's always fun when Jack Wright is MC - maybe he's like Hughesy, ie, his voice is naturally comedic lol -. The funniest on the night was Alex White, because he mainly did his strong stuff from his set routine - most trial new material that might not be funny, where as this was solid material -. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$12 + C$6*] 


09.07.24 : Sweeney's Comedy : Hotel Sweeney(Town Hall)
I went because Ben Kochan was on, but there were also others that were good. There was this fresh/new plumber guy(3rd pic) that was good, and a teacher guy at the end(8th) - sorry didn't catch their names -. This can sometimes become a sad sate of affairs, which is par for the course for free, but this one felt good. [Crowd : 3 - Me : 3.25] [T-$0 + F-$9 + C$6*]

08.07.24 : Comedy Night @ Taffy's Bar (April) : Taffy's Bar(Neutral Bay)
Marty Bright(MC), Jacques Barrett, Fady Kassab, Julia Wilson
I was thinking of skipping because most are heavy repeats, but I went because I don't see Jacques very often, and he's super good. Plus what else am I going to do - lol -. This was another one of those north-side audiences where the comedy was way higher that the laugh level in some places. Like I thought Jacques was super, but the audience didn't agree in the laugh dept - he still did fairly well -. Fady switched his routine around so it was less family friendly/PC - the guy next to me though he was too political -, but he was still good enough to get the usual good response. I wasn't looking forward to Julia because I know her routine so well, but she smashed, and the extra crowd laughing made it good for me also. At my stage the audience is important for proving the laugh-track, so I kind-of chase these large crowd rooms to make it funnier for me. Super. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4.25] [T-$15 + F-$19 + C$6*]

07.07.24 : Comedy Knock Knock : The Trocadero Room(Enmore)
I wasn't planing on going, but in the morning I saw Tom Walker's face on the ad so I had to see what this maniac was up to - lol -. He still does that quirky Uni comedy that I like, ie, it's different to the norm, but I found some of the subjects a bit strong, eg, snatching a cops gun, like what if some knuckle thinks it a thing and tries it for a joke. We found out form Luka Muller what a sick perverted fuk Hing is, ie, who hides a wedding ring in a drawer of adult toys, and than asks a stranger to rummage through it while his fiancĂ© is watching. We had the obligatory drunk that usually turns up here, and even though he seemed nice enough, when they are that drunk they don't realise how loud and disruptive they are, so the only option is to kick them out, ie, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. It was ok. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3] [T-$13 + F-$11 + C$6*]

06.07.24 : The Grand Masters of Comedy @ Easts Leagues : Easts Bondi Junction
David Smiedt(MC), Daniel Townes, The Stevenson Experience, Jackie Loeb, AL Del Bene(USA)
Super good, it's just that the massive crowd, that was double last year, were a bunch of lazy SOBs and didn't clap enough. Jackie absolutely smashed. AL killed. Smiedt is always good even when he tried new material especially for me - lol -. The girl next to me liked Townes, despite his low energy delivery. The Stevenson Experience did an extra song at the end that they didn't do at 02.07.24 : Northies Comedy Club : Northies Cronulla Hotel, and I wondering why they don't lead with that one because it was way funnier than the obligatory 3 songs they always do. High level comedy. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 4.25] [T-$30 + F-$4 + C$6*]
                                                Doh!, forgot to get The Stevenson Experience

05.07.24 : Minskys - Friday Night Comedy : Minskys Hotel(Cremorne)
The first half didn't go to plan, but the second half did recover enough that everyone probably left on a high. There was nothing wrong with the acts in the first bracket, it's just that they didn't click with the audience so there was much laughing. Thankfully Rory Lowe hit their funny-bone and did get decent laughs, so hopefully that will stick in their minds so they come back. What I notice here is the audience like to talk back during the crowd-work, ie, smart-arse answers, yet this time there wasn't much crowd-work at all, so that might be why they didn't get going at the start. As a mention, I like Amelia Navascues's fast talking style, it's like Jess Fuchs and she is always good. It was ok, but I wished it would've gone better, ie, more laughing. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.25] [T-$25 + F-$11 + C$6*]

04.07.24 : Good Vibes Comedy : Forrester's(Surry Hills)
This was another cold wet wintry night were no-one turned up, ie, there was 3 paying customers, with 2 leaving before it started for some reason. I kind-of needed it to be good because all the shows this week have been grim, but like the others the level was proportional to the crowd size - even I had trouble reacting amongst the disappointment -.. No pics because it's hard being inconspicuous when you are the only outsider amongst a crowd of 5 comics, plus the lady nights don't like it. It was ok, it's just that I wasn't in the mood. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 2.75] [T-$12 + F-$7 + C$6*]
PS: as an aside, 3 rooms closed last week, and the most tragic was the very pretty Kirribilli Club - good cappuccinos - where the whole club went into receivership.

03.07.24 : Charo’s Comedy Club : Charing Cross Hotel(Waverley)
Mitch Garling(MC), Shash Kapur, Alex White, Ruven Govender, Peter Meisel
I took a risk by not booking and was hoping there would be less people in winter so I can get a seat in front and actually hear. Unfortunately that plan kind-of worked too well, sure I found a table without a booking ticket, but there was so many no-shows there was only a half crowd. Basically there was enough people in the first half to make a laugh-track, but by the mid break so many left it really hampered Peter Meisel's headliner slot. Another "me" problem was that half the comics were from last night - ouch! -, and two other were regular repeats - double ouch! -. Even though it was a tiny bit better than last night, it still had the empty feeling of last night because of the small laugh-track/crowd. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.25] [T-$0 + F-$15 + C$6*]

02.07.24 : Northies Comedy Club : Northies Cronulla Hotel
Cam Knight, Shash Kapur, Alex White, Rash Ryder, The Stevenson Experience
Last month had the biggest crowd I've seen here, but this month it was the smallest, ie, 15 people. Maybe it's because it was a cold and wet night, maybe it's because they only posted the event 4 days prior, but all I know was when I got there the main bar was so packed I had trouble finding a seat for the obligatory cappuccino, yet by the time I left they were already packing up the main bar up because there was not a single person in it. As for the show, it was a bit tough going because there was no laugh-track, ie, I was the single laugh-track - lol -. This is a regular crowd so that won't laugh much at repeats because they know the material, and I think Cam Knight was here recently, but they lack of laughing continued to the others, ie, small crowd syndrome. I don't find the The Stevenson Experience as anything special, and that made me wonder what happened to all the good 2 person musical acts, eg, Smart Casual, Big Brother Little Brother. It was a thing. [Crowd : 3.25 - Me : 3] [T-$19 + F-$15 + C$9*]

01.07.24 : RatKorp - Rat Klub Comedy : Moshpit Bar(Erskineville)
It was fine, it's just that not many people turned up on a cold wet wintry night. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.25] [T-$10 + F-$10 + C$6*]
PS: there wasn't a theme for the show, eg, corporate resort spa, etc

28.06.24 : Guy Montgomery's Guy Mont Spelling Bee - S01E05 : ABC(Ultimo)
Guests: Tom Ballard, Luke McGregor, Nikki Britton, Wil Anderson
I think the editors have their work cut out for them to make this show compelling. I always worry when a bit stalls and gets drawn out, because I wonder how an non-invested free-to-air TV audience will react. Like will they switch channels, or will they be patient and wait for the payout at the end. Lets hope the edit keeps the energy/interest up so people don't turn off. This one was kind-of between the other two, ie, it was just ok except for a dull drawn-out laboured section. To me the whole series feels more like a Sat afternoon Patriot Brains level, than anything people will chase because it's must-see TV. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.25] [T-$0 + F-$3 + C$3]
PS: Saw a NZ ep and it's was amusing enough that I liked it, it's now just a matter if it's going to be funny enough for a TV, ie will it grab them enough to keep them watching.

27.06.24 : Guy Montgomery's Guy Mont Spelling Bee - S01E03 : ABC(Ultimo)
Guests: Cameron James, Jenny Tian, Tim Minchin, Nazeem Hussain(winner carries over to next ep)
Even though I wasn't impressed, I went again because it's an easy show to go to, ie, ends early and is free. Plus only the first show is a disappointment when it doesn't live up to expectations, after that you know what to expect so are less disappointed, ie, you can relax and get into it more. Well this recording was better. Evidently they change the games for between episodes, like they have the same theme for segments but are a different version. As an example, yesterday the panel had to pick and audience member and try to spell their name, where as today they were introduced to a member of the crew an hour previously and had to remember their name and spell it - it didn't go well lol -. There was a horse racing game where every time they spelt a word correctly their horse would move forward on the track, but the thing was that they could bet points on who they thought would win and that got crazy because no one understood how to bet - lol -. Another good thing is this production isn't pedantic like usual shows, like in Question Everything they will re-record sections if it was hard to hear someone or if the wording needs to change, where as here they just record sections and trust the editor to fix stuff in post because there is going to be a ton of stuff to work with that will never make the cut. Not super laughs, but I did like this one. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$3 + C$3]

26.06.24 : Guy Montgomery's Guy Mont Spelling Bee - S01E01 : ABC(Ultimo)
Guests: Urzila Carlson, Nazeem Hussain, Danielle Walker, Tom Gleeson - Assistant: Aaron Chen
I've been told that this is very good and a must see by the Free to a Good Home/Project52 guys who came up with a brilliant version of a Spelling Bee, but I don't see it. In Project52's version the premise was that the judges try to FU the constants so they can't spell the words, ie, they miss pronounce words, give stupid uses of the words, etc, and in this one it had something similar, just a lot milder. Pretty much Urzila stole the show/was the life of the party with clever quips, with the crowd being hyper like they knew the show and were already fans. It kind-of feels like Win the Week, ie, nothing special but ok to watch, and that was so hated it was bumped to a latter time slot after a few weeks because it was killing the viewing audience for the shows scheduled after it. There was also no monitors to show small stuff, so the audience didn't react to any tiny visual cleverness because they couldn't see it.  I guess we will have to see what they do in the edit, but with this being a 1hr show I don't see that it's good enough. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3] [T-$0 + F-$3 + C$3]

26.06.24 : IF - movie
Animation - Comedy - Drama : A young girl who goes through a difficult experience begins to see everyone's imaginary friends who have been left behind as their real-life friends have grown up.
I don't do animation/CGI, especially if it's PG, because nearly all of them are not intelligent enough for adults. But since there has been such a drought of movies lately, and this kind-of looked acceptable, I took a risk. Basically I could watch it, and it was better than Clifford the Big Red Dog(2021), though not by much, but for most of it I was drifting and thinking about other stuff simply because it didn't captivate - the other person in the cinema left at halfway -. I really should've skipped and saved the $10. [2.5] [T-$10 + F-$4 + C$0]

25.06.24 : Get On Up Comedy : Hustle & Flow Bar(Redfern)
I don't usually do open-mic shows because I need comics to be a decent level due to seeing too much comedy, ie, I need people who produce laughs, but other stuff was either sold-out(Yeah The Girls-Lady Laughs), ho-hum(Sweeneys), or repeats(Running Joke), on this night, ie, it's boring doing nothing. I knew it was a risk because there will be a lot of raw comics, but I was kind-of hoping it will be like 05.06.24 : Comedy Arcade : Astro's Arcade Bar where there was a decent amount of semi-pros doing new material. Unfortunately it was nearly all raw comics with only 2 semi-pros, so it was on the lower laugh level. I can kind-of stick out the lower laugh level stuff, but being the odd one out in a room full of comics, ie, the general public, you get picked on a lot. This is where Comedy Arcade was better, because there are seats further away so you don't get targeted all the time. It is what it is, ie, a hard slog for all parties(comics & crowd), but at least it was better than TV. Comics don't clap other comics well, so even the crowd was low - lol -. [Crowd : 2 - Me : 2] [T-$0 + F-$7 + C$7*]

24.06.24 : Comedy Riot - Jugs & Jaffles : Enmore Hotel
Rory Lowe(MC), Jess Fuchs, Ben Kochan, Jenny Tian, Dan Rath
It was one of those typical inner city Newtown crowds, ie, they do listen, but don't make much noise, and even though the listening is good, the lack of a laugh-track kind-of kills the comic's performance. Like Jenny Tian's routine got good laughs at 13.06.24 : Manly Comedy Club : Shark Bar - New Brighton Hotel, but here there was so little it felt a bit like she was bombing - I hope it's because they follow her on her successful online socials and know the jokes already -. Ben Kochan was the funniest on the night, and Jess Fuchs would've probably been equal funny, but she was trialling some new stuff that broke the flow of her usual killer routine. I think I have to blame the crowd for the night not living up to what it should've been, ie, probably should've gone to RatKorp's 3rd birthday instead - lol -. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 2.75] [T-$0 + F-$13 + C$6*]
PS: I think I'm getting the Dan Rath repeat blues, because this guy has been everywhere lately - lol -.

22.06.24 : Free To A Good : ITS(Redfern)
Guests: Dave Woodhead, Alex Lee, Danielle Walker - Hosts: Ben Jenkins, Michael Hing
It was good, but the subjects were a bit plain, ie, ghosts, Norovirus/diarrhoea & vomiting - 3 comics and their families got it -. Basically it's rare if they do/riff on actual classifieds anymore, so it was more about what was happening with the cast. At least it's something different to the constant standup, ie, last night was brilliant but it's routines that I've heard maybe 10 times each just this year - lol -. I would prefer they got back to classifieds because they were more funny, but maybe they are hard to find, or maybe the cast is out of practice with thinking quick because they don't do many shows a year, ie, Project52 they had to think/make a show every week and that exercises the brain. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3] [T-$20 + F-$0 + C$7*]
PS: just listened to the podcast and I found it a lot funnier than the recording, ie, 4 stars.

21.06.24 : 7 Grand Masters of Comedy One Night, Infinite Laughs : Forest Hotel(Frenchs Forest)
Rebecca De Unamuno(MC), Fady Kassab, Fiona Cox, Gary Eck, Simon Kennedy, Dan Rath, AL Del Bene 
When I saw the strong lineup I was thinking it should be good if I went, but when I saw Bek De Unamuno as the bonus I kind-of had to go even though it was another PITA venue to get to - anything over the Bridge sux-balls - lol -, ie, it's far and I don't know the areas. Basically it was high-level laughs, and the crowd was good with lots of laughing, the only hiccup was that Dan's material is for a young crowd and this crowd was mainly old, ie, wrong demographic - he got enough laughs in the end that it didn't matter -. Super good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.25] [T-$30 + F-$4 + C$6*]
PS: I think I was sitting next to Bek at the bus stop and didn't notice because I don't look at people's faces, ie, used to be called shyness, now it's autism - lol -.

20.06.24 : Super Chill Comedy Club : Otis(Leichhardt)
It's always a risk with a free show because no one payed so nobody is invested in doing anything like clapping, laughing, etc. Thankfully we had a good audience that actually laughed all the time and did clap, and that made all the difference because it was quite fun. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$12 + C$6*] 

19.06.24 : Joke Off Comedy : Kelly's on King(Newtown)
Because of the circumstances this was teetering, but they did just enough to keep it afloat. Basically it was another half-hearted small crowd that didn't do much, ie, there was only one person making an effort and clapping, but at least it wasn't as bad as last night where I got depressed I wanted to quit comedy - it's not like I don't have a hundred other jobs that need doing -. It looked like Jackson Stewart first time at MC, so it was a bit hard going from short set to BS-ing/crowd-work for the whole night. Dan Rath turned up again to workout new material, and this time he did well again, like what usually happens when he's on. He had some new RSL stuff, that I've been saying for years, ie, 100 points of ID to get into a stupid club that can't keep my info safe - lol -. [Crowd : 3 - Me : 3] [T-$0 + F-$11 + C$3] 

18.06.24 : Sweeney's Comedy : Hotel Sweeney(Town Hall)
It wasn't very good, but at least everyone was somewhat tolerant. Basically it was a crowd problem, sure the regulars wanted to be there, did listen, and tolerated the low laugh-level, but they didn't do anything, ie, laugh or applaud much, and that kind-of killed the night. Like last night we had less people, but they knew the situation and laughed and applauded vigorously, and that enthusiasm, be it exaggerated/fake - lol -, made the show fun. Where as this one had big dead silent spots, and that made everyone feel awkward, eg, Dan Rath did well last night, but with the exact same routine he died here because it wasn't a real comedy crowd, ie, they support whatever, where as these guys only do the minimum and never boost the show with effort. [Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.5] [T-$0 + F-$9 + C$3]
PS: thankfully Cameron Duggan didn't attack anyone or embarrass them, so he was ok tonight.

17.06.24 : RatKorp - Rat Klub Comedy : Moshpit Bar(Erskineville)
This time it was RatKorp's annual employee evaluation party, ie, we were the employees being told off for bad performance - lol -. It was small, but it was kind-of nice. Basically the small crowd knew what to do and clapped enthusiastically at everyone - more so than some big crowds I've seen lately -, and that made the thing quite cosy and fun. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$10 + F-$10 + C$3]
                    Middle management passive aggressively firing us due to poor performance - lol -. 

14.06.24 : Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase 2024! : Hornsby RSL
Fady Kassab, Andrew Barnett, Jackie Loeb, Billy D'arcy, Jess Fuchs, Patrick Golamco, Frankie Rowsthorn 
I went especially early because I couldn't afford to waste such an expensive ticket, and then the trains f-ed me over. The train broke down and when they told us to switch platforms the board said Hornsby - I checked 10 times - but the train went to Parramatta. By the time I got back to the start and on the correct train I got there near the end of the first half. And because I was late my chair was gone and I had to sit behind the speakers and could not hear/understand any words being said so I gave up and left. Then the train back was late and I missed my bus - DOH! -. Looks like I blew $125 this week on bad/skipped/ruined shows and waste of time karts. [Crowd : na - Me : na] [T-$40 + F-$0 + C$3]

14.06.24 : Hyper Karting : The Entertainment Quarter(Moore Park)
Looks like I'm not doing Fridays anymore. I got the second session as per usual, but they never sprayed the track with traction compound the session before, ie, it was a slide-fest. Sure it's less work and more fun, but the lap time is so bad(33.9sec) it feels like a waste of time. Basically you achieve something if you go faster, but with a slippery track it's more like toy skid karts, ie, not serious racing. The guys in the previous session seamed to be driving pretty straight - their times weren't shown so I don't know if they were good -, but I've done that processional non sliding driving and it's pretty boring. I don't know if it's worth it if you're serious about racing when the lap times are dependant on the track grip on the day, ie, it's a lottery. Felt like a waste of $25. [Crowd : na - Me : 2.5] [T-$19 + F-$3 + C$3]

13.06.24 : Manly Comedy Club : Shark Bar - New Brighton Hotel(Manly)
Sean Woodland(MC), Brett Nichols, Sarah Gaul, Anthony Locascio, Jenny Tian, Luke Heggie
The comedy was a above average, but the crowd wasn't. Usually there is usually someone in this crowd that thinks they are comedians and shout stuff out, and in small doses it's fine, but tonight we had a bunch of idiot friends thinking they were the best part of the show and kept interrupting and killing  punchlines. I must-of had a premonition - lol -, because I was sitting there waiting for the show and I suddenly got the "ick" and wanted to go home before it started. The lineup was unusually high-level so everyone was good, at least the ones that didn't get interrupted, but it was Luke's fast start that flummoxed them - lol -. He goes into routine straight away and talks very fast, so it took a while for the crowd to catch up and realise how funny he was, ie, I was the only one laughing at the start - lol -. It probably would've been a 4, but the crowd dragged it down to a 3.5, ie, they didn't laugh at the level they got. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$31 + F-$5 + C$3]

12.06.24 : Broken Bay Brewing Co - Comedy Night : Broken Bay Brewing Co(Brookvale) 
Skipped. I've got big toe problems from all the running - I yanked the nail lol -, and I didn't feel like hobbling around for 6hrs with a shoe filling up with red liquid - lol -. [Crowd : na - Me : na] [T-$20 + F-$0 + C$0]

11.06.24 : Sweeney's Comedy : Hotel Sweeney(Town Hall)
I wasn't intending on going because by the end of last week I was at the point of exhaustion - the karts started it, but so many late shows in a row made it worse -, but then I remembered it was a short show that ends early, so I thought might as well go because if I sit down too much I lose fitness fast. There's not must to say, ie, it's free so it's rarely going to be high level, but overall it's plenty fine. [Crowd : 3.25 - Me : 3] [T-$0 + F-$9 + C$3]

11.06.24 : Bad Boys: Ride or Die - movie
Action - Adventure - Comedy : This Summer, the world's favorite Bad Boys are back with their iconic mix of edge-of-your seat action and outrageous comedy but this time with a twist: Miami's finest are now on the run.
At least it was better than that last POS nostalgia money grab, ie, Bad Boys for Life(2020) - Rotten Tomatoes said it was better but I didn't like it -. I could've done without that silly banter between the two that is supposed to bring levity, simply because it wasn't funny. It's ok. [3] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]
PS: I don't really see the appeal of the Bad Boys franchise, to me they feel like a cheap knock-off of  Lethal Weapon, ie, they try to make it like feel it has cult status, but in reality they are average buddy cops films.

08.06.24 : Comedy For A Cause : Cronulla RSL
Simon Kennedy(MC), Mat Wakefield, David Williams, Peter Burner
Doh! they only released the lineup the day before the show, ie, I didn't know it was Burner again when I bought the ticket - ouch! -. The comics were fine even with Burner being a multiple repeat for me, ie, I still found him the funniest one, it was more a problem that the crowd didn't laugh much. The crowd did drag the night down somewhat or else I would've laughed more, ie, not a large enough laugh-track for the level of the comedy. It was ok, plus it's another new venue I can tick-off - lol . [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$43 + F-$6 + C$3]

07.06.24 : Minskys - Friday Night Comedy : Minskys Hotel(Cremorne)
Lewis Holt(MC), Nick Bartlett, ?, Andrew Barnett, Alex Choi, Al Del Bene
I don't know how they are going to top that, because that was top-notch. And it was just because there was 2 pro headliners, most of the support comics killed as well. It also helped that the crowd was a bit lively and there was a lot of  crowd-work, ie, they went along with it. The one that stood-out to me was Nick Bartlett. I knew he was good when he did the not so good 15.03.24 : The Nick Bartlett Show : Gasoline Pony, because he was so sharp and quick at crowd-work. Tonight he was brilliant, ie, it's like he's been doing crowd-work all his life he's so fluid at it. Al Del Bene and Andrew Barnett are always headliner good. Alex Choi was good, despite seeing him a few days back, ie, a repeat. Lewis was good/better this time - he seamed a bit stifled at 28.05.24 : Stand Up Comedy Night : The Hayberry Diner & Bar but was very free and flowing tonight -. The only tense spot was when Al went too hard on an Irish guy and he tried to heckle back, ie, it felt tense because the guy was more very unfunny and a bit vindictive. Al did eventually turn it around, so it killed the butt clenching tension. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$25 + F-$10 + C$3]
PS: I felt a bit out of place here because it's a bit fancy/posh, ie, there was a grand piano at the entrance.
PPS: Sorry I don't remember names but I don't follow any comics, and even though I remember them I sometimes don't know/remember their name, ie, I would make a lousy teacher because I would never remember the student's names - lol -..

06.06.24 : Kirribilli Club Comedy Night : Kirribilli Club
It was fine, it's just that someone heckled in Dan's set and I kind-of hate it because it makes me tense, ie, it feels like something bad will kick-off. The crowd on the other hand don't seem to mind, because when I got outside I overheard a guy say to his friend "That last guy was good(Dan), thanks for suggesting coming to this show, that was great". Probably Daniel Muggleton was best, ie, a proper headliner, with mentions of Rory Lowe and Shash Kapur, but overall all were good. A bit better than average. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$21 + F-$5 + C$3]

06.06.24 : Hyper Karting : The Entertainment Quarter(Moore Park)
LOL, 31.9sec. I think know the trick to a fast time, you go right after a pro race because they put a line of traction compound down on the track before each corner and that carries over to the next session. What also helped was that a faster guy over-took me and I watched his lines. Basically you have to get the slow 3 hairpin corners correct because they are followed by long straights, ie, if you don't have max speed coming on the straights it will not carry to the end. Basically I was coming in hot and  scrubbing/sliding off all my speed coming on the straights. In the end I was the fastest of our 4 person session by 0.1sec - lol, I beat the fast guy -. I could tell I was going faster because it was so much more effort that I was"cooked" by 2/3 distance and wanted to get off - I was still breathing heavily 1hr later when I got off the train -. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.5] [T-$19 + F-$3 + C$3]
                      Still 2sec off the pro race just before with the "grip drip" extra grip track

05.06.24 : Comedy Arcade : Astro's Arcade Bar(Newtown)
It said it was pros doing new material, and it was, but the majority was open mic-ers. The first half was actually good because of the experienced guys, and because everyone only got 4min it was fast and tight, ie, the entertainment kept coming. The 2nd half was nearly all noobs, and they weren't too bad, but the 4min sets make sure you don't get bored if some don't hit. There was so many comics - it felt like 30 lol but was probably 20 -, that I had to split 3 from the end and run to catch the last train/bus, ie, if I miss it it's a 30min walk home at midnight. I reckon it was 3.5 in the 1st half, and maybe 2.75 in the second. [Crowd : na - Me : 3] [T-$0 + F-$15 + C$3]
PS: I reckon I run more now trying to catch the last bus then when I actually used to run - lol -
PPS: Back in 2000 Newtown became a hot spot for bands, now it 2024 I think this is comedy venue number 10 - lol 
PPSS: I think I'm getting the Freya Reviews blues - lol -, ie, I get her every week as MC. Thankfully she nearly does all riffing crowd-work so it's always new to me, unlike some regular venue MCs that mainly do different versions of their same routine, ie, repeats.
                        There is no way I'm going to take pictures of that many comics - lol -

04.06.24 : Northies Comedy Club : Northies Cronulla Hotel
Imaan Hadchiti(MC), Alex Choi, Henry Zhu, Chris Knight, Peter Meisel, Luke Heggie
I've never seen that many people here before, ie, it felt like it was double the usual. We had Imaan Hadchiti as MC, and I remember when I first saw him at the Oatley Hotel maybe a decade ago he was a bit intense/angry, but now he's so smooth he is always a lot of fun/superb. I don't know how you pick it because all were extra good, maybe Imaan, Meisel, Heggie, but the others did their best deliveries so everyone was outstanding. Well worth the 2hrs there and 2hrs back by train. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4] [T-$19 + F-$15 + C$3]

04.06.24 : Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - movie
Action - Adventure - Sci-Fi : The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before her encounter and teamup with Mad Max.
I guess it was a bit too far-fetched to think it would be as good as Mad Max: Fury Road(2015), but it being a little closer would've helped. Basically Fury Road has no story but has amazingly tense action throughout, ie, super entertaining, where as this is mainly story, but stories we already know, eg, looking for/controlling gasoline, but a different version of that. I was going to give it a 3.5, but it was so long and slow without anything that stood-out, I'm only giving it a 3. [3] [T-$1 + F-$0 + C$0]
PS: it's been a lean month for movies, and I could've gone to a few because I had a minor interest, but that interest was so low I know I would've resented sitting there through the whole movie.

01.06.24 : Grand Masters of Comedy : Windsor RSL
David Smiedt(MC), Jackie Loeb, AL Del Bene(USA), Chris Radburn, Tommy Dean
I was planing on staying home but I did that habitual thing of spending 30min every day opening 100 browser tabs to see if anything is happening - it's hard to find stuff now that everyone left Eventbrite - and found this buried in there somewhere. It was a sunny day in the morning so I got a ticket, but by the afternoon it was a miserable rainy day and I regretted it, ie, it was 4 hours trudging through the rain to get there and back by train. As for the show, it was that typical RSL crowd who are stupid/lazy that don't know you have to put effort in if you want the show to be good. Basically all night they barely applauded/LOL-ed at anything, eg, AL Del Bene was killing but you couldn't tell because they were dying quietly, ie, you could see them dying in their faces but their sound/laugh level low. It was ok, but the lazy crowd kind-of killed the night for me, ie, I would've laughed more with a crowd laugh-track. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5] [T-$35 + F-$6 + C$6]

31.05.24 : Hyper Karting : The Entertainment Quarter(Moore Park)
LOL, I got worse. At least there were no pros doing 30.9s so my 34.9 didn't look as bad against the others 32,9s - found out the pro races use griper tyres so 32.9 is closer to normal -. I don't know if they changed the back corner or my memory is shot, but I came out of the pits and turned where I thought the corner was and nearly drove into a wall - lol -. I remembered every other corner, but I don't remember that corner being such a tight cut-back "S" - maybe I did go faster because the track layout is slower -. These things are big heavy and agricultural - they're strong so there's no maintenance in a crash -, and I find it a lot of work - my kart was light and nimble -, and even though I made the full 10min without dying, I was pretty wasted trying to walk away at the end - lets hope it's not 3 days to recover - lol -. The lap timer wasn't working - the guy told me 34.9sec - so I can't analyse the different techniques I tried, but I really need to follow someone fast to figure out the trick because it's going to take ages to work it out because the track surface doesn't have any feel to gauge when you are going fast - the G's in a real kart tell you you are at the limit in a corner where as these slide and you don't feel much. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.5] [T-$19 + F-$3 + C$3]
                forgot to take a photo because I was wasted at the end - lol -, so here is the old track

30.05.24 : The Great Comedy Club : Yia Yia's Dive Bar & Kitchen(Marrickville)
It was a lot of repeats for me - lol -, but it was still good. Probably Gerard McGowan and Laura Hughes were the best, with mentions of David Turong and Jamal Abdul, but really all were fine. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$17 + F-$17 + C$4]

29.05.24 : Best Mates Comedy : Wayward Brewing Co(Camperdown)
Freya Reviews(MC), Sam Wade, Ian Mu, Sam Brewer, Andy Procopis, Jenny Tian, Billy Darcy, Alexandra Hudson
It started very quiet/dead, and I wasn't feeling that friendly vibe, and because I was feeling run-down/tired all week I was thinking of splitting at half time, but I toughed it out and the second half got better. Freya's investigation/crowd-work uncovered a mystery that made me perk up, ie, where's the mystery ex-wife, but it was Jenny Tian with a totally new routine that finally made it good/fun for me, ie, I pretty much remembered everyone else's routine so they didn't standout. It was fine. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.25] [T-$16 + F-$14 + C$6]

28.05.24 : Stand Up Comedy Night : The Hayberry Diner & Bar(Crows Nest)
It's fine, it's just that it has the small room thing. Basically in a large crowd you are anonymous if you make a noise, but with a small crowd people are afraid to lol because everyone else in the room knows who made the sound. Overall it was a bit quiet in the first half, but they loosened up and laughed in the second. Jack Gow got laughs, but it was EJ Rovedi that was very smooth in the headliner spot, ie, he talks to the crowd like he knows everyone and that makes him instantly likeable, ie, everyone hung off the stories even in quiet bits before the punchline. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$20 + F-$10 + C$3]

26.05.24 : Comedy Knock Knock : The Trocadero Room(Enmore)
Sam Bowden(MC), Laura Coleman, Freddie McManus, AJ Lamarque, Dan Muggleton, Chloe Maddren, Nabil Abdulrashid(UK), Luke Heggie
It was good, it's just that they had 2 drop-ins and it ended very late, ie, usually 9:30pm but this was 10:10pm - I missed the last bus -. Basically the crowd was good in the first half, but I think they got tired in the second, ie, they still listened but didn't seem to have the energy to LOL. Like there were a lot of heavy-hitters, ie, McManus, Muggleton, Heggie, but they didn't really get the reactions they deserved - the guy in front of me was dying but wasn't making any sound -. AJ Lamarque is good now, but it was Nabil that was the most interesting/funny for me because he's new and from OS. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$13 + F-$16 + C$3]

25.05.24 : Quakers Hat Brewing Stand-up Comedy : Quakers Hat Brewing(Manly Vale)
Freya Morton(MC), Maddie Dockrill, Shash Kapur, Kurt Sterling, Kimberley Snow, Patrick Golamco
This has been the trend lately, ie, if the people won't come to the show bring the show to the people, ie, a lot of pop-up/new comedy places opening. Basically if a place is a bit isolated and has good patronship people will turn up because it's easy when it's around the corner. At the time I was branching out, ie, if it's always the same comics why not try different venues for a change, so that's why I'm doing places further away and quiet inconvenient by bus/train. Even though the place is a micro brewery, ie, a bit industrial, it's the crowd that matters, and they were pretty good. Basically they listened and were supportive when it was mild, but did actually laugh a decent amount when things got funny. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$28 + F-$13 + C$3]
       No photos because there is no stage to lift the comics above the heads of the quite packed room

24.05.24 : Ronnie Neville - All Irish Storytelling : Kinselas(Darlinghurst)
It's good but done in a seat-of-the-pants style, ie, no construction or planing - some stories had attempted punchlines but most just ended abruptly -. Basically it's like your friend telling you a crazy story. Even though the stories are current/modern, he delivered it in an old-timey fashion, and even some of the stories from his childhood seem like from the old days with the ducks and donkey. Plenty good enough to be fun. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$27 + F-$5 + C$3]

23.05.24 : The Escape Room : Flight Plan Theatre Addison Road Community Centre(Marrickville)
This turned up in the email, and even though I don't do theatre there was a bunch of comics in it so I gave it a shot in case it's funny. I recognised Annie Boyle, but my prosopagnosia is so stupid I didn't recognise Kate Dolan until the end, ie, she changed her hair so I didn't know who she was, and only figured it out by the accent when the play was nearly over - lol -. If you want to know if it's good you have to ask a theatre expert, because it was more a light-hearted play than a comedy, ie, don't know about theatre plays. For me it had that first time novelty value, so I didn't find it boring, it's just that it's not really for me because it's only amusingly mild laugh-wise. [Crowd : 4 - Me : na] [T-$32 + F-$0 + C$6]
PS: I've been here before, but it was so long ago it pre-dates this diary, ie, no notes.

23.05.24 : Hyper Karting : The Entertainment Quarter(Moore Park)
That certainly wakes you up at 7am. Last time I was here I was annoyed that they changed stuff around so you couldn't sit and watch while waiting for the Store's cattle yard to empty, but then I saw they changed the track and opened it up so it wasn't as dinky as before - sharp left right left corners in a row sux because there is no flow -. Basically I couldn't sleep so I went so as to see how close it is to real Karts. Well first time down the straight and it was pretty slow, and I don't know if they power limit noobs or I wasn't using the boost button properly, but after a few laps it got pretty good compared to a gasoline powered kart. My laps times aren't great, ie, 3sec off the pace, but I don't do smooth because it's boring. Basically I man-handle it and come in screaming hot, snap over-steer the rear to point it around the corner, then just tramp it because it's already heading in the right direction. The fast flat-out corners remind me of Oran Park over the bridge where the kart is drift cornering before it heads down the drop - a drop like Mt Panorama's Dipper-. The only problem is the steering is heavy and I'm unfit, so by halfway I had enough and was just in cruse mode. Basically at Oran Park we did big blocks of 33-ish laps of a 860m track, so to save energy you go into cruse-mode, ie, minimum input and effort, and that still produces identical lap times. I was the only one on the track, and don't think I would like it in a pack because it's grip-limited and hard to be accurate, ie, over-take, so I recommend you do early starts when it's empty and only $19 per session. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.75] [T-$19 + F-$3 + C$3]

22.05.24 : The Laugh Inn : The Newtown Hotel
It was ok, and as you would expect Peter Meisel(USA) was the best. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$17 + F-$0 + C$3]
                                        Can't take photos here but sneaked a quick Miesel

21.05.24 : Roundhouse Comedy Night : Roundhouse UNSW(Kensington)
Billy D'Arcy(MC), Jess Fuchs, Jamal Abdul, Ruven Govender, Stella Wu, Elliot McLaren, Rory Lowe(UK), 
I thought I would try something different, ie, not the comics, more the venue, but even that wasn't different because I did this all before about a decade ago(2011 & earlier). Really the only thing that can be different when you see 200+ shows per year is the crowd, so you kind-of rely on them being good to boost the night. Well the crowd were pretty quiet, and that gave the impression that everyone is hating it, ie, it makes me question why I do this, but at the end Rory finished his set, looked at his watch, and said "F-it, I'd do another 10min", and the crowd erupted with cheers, ie, they did like it, it's just that they didn't show it. Probably the best, ie, most laughs, was Rory and Jess. It was ok, just it is depressing on cold and bleak nights when the crowd is bit quiet. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3] [T-$12 + F-$3 + C$3]

19.05.24 : Dan Rath - Pariah Carey : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
Good as always, it's just that I now remember major blocks of his routine so it doesn't hit as hard as usual, ie, it would've been a higher score if it was new to me. He did have new crowd-work stuff which was fun/good, and he did do good 'recovery jokes', ie, if you admit a joke didn't get big laughs it gets bigger laughs, but Dan didn't do it in the simplistic way, but in a very clever convoluted way, ie, stuff that makes you think gets bigger laughs. The crowd on the other hand were a bit weird/sh!t, like they didn't give much applause at the start, laughed a decent amount during the show, but didn't really applaud enough at the end compared to their laughs, ie, they shouldn't have been so lazy - he did end weird with a straight walk-off, so that could explain it -. On the way out I overheard a guy say "that was very good", but the way he said it, ie, emotionless, was like he didn't expect it to be good so he wasn't prepared to put any energy back into the show. That's what the whole crowd felt like, ie, lazy, if that makes any sense. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 4] [T-$28 + F-$0 + C$6]

18.05.24 : Tom Ballard - Good Point Well Made : Comedy Store(EQ-Moore Park)
I probably should've skipped because when you feel crook it kills the mood, ie, take my opinion with a grain of salt, but it felt too edgy political for me, at least compared to his old stuff. Basically his old stuff had edgy political, but it was padded-out with a lot of silly fun stuff, this one felt like it was nearly all political, and all on the YES vote referendum. Tom has an vested interest because his BF is a real Australian, and I don't blame him for being mad because I was pretty dumbfounded/disgusted that NO won, ie, there was no reason to vote no except stupidity, and because it was a bit too close to home for me it wasn't going to get peek laughs out of me. Basically ignore what I said because the crowd seemed to like it, and that's all that matters. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$24 + F-$0 + C$6]

16.05.24 : Sporties Comedy Club : Moorebank Sports Club(Hammondville)
Chris Radburn(MC), Brett Nichols, Peter Berner
Doh! Looks like when I bought tickets weeks apart I didn't think the shows will wind up being days apart with the same comics, ie, recent repeats. I had to skip, ie, I'm sick with the flu and it was only a $10 loss, plus couldn't really stomach another Peter Berner only 3 days latter. [Crowd : na - Me : na] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

15.05.24 : Alexandra Hudson - Making Lemonade : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
It's alway going to be a low-key delivery because of the disability, but it's sweet and funny for the first half. The second half gets a bit real-world, ie, serious-ish, but it's all delivered in a light manner, ie, less laughs but ok, with a funny finish. Nice/charming. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$6]
PS: couldn't got to another last minute planned show because I woman coughed on me a couple days ago and gave me the flu, ie, feeling sick.

14.05.24 : Best of the Fest International : Manning Bar(Camperdown)
Jess Fuchs(MC), Micky Bartlett, Mat Ewins, Kemah Bob, Josh Pugh
I was wondering which OS comics are still here because most are gone by the end of the 2nd week, and as the comics were reviled I realised I accidentally saw this last year when I walked into wrong room - lol -. Micky was the best, Jess was sharp/fast, and the rest were fine. Ok. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$39 + F-$5 + C$3]

13.05.24 : Comedy Night @ Taffy's Bar (April) : Taffy's Bar(Neutral Bay)
Andrew Barnett(MC), Christina Van Look, Dahn Rozario, Rohan Arneil, Peter Berner
It was a bit long, ie, probably could've done without the amateur or Burner doing a super long set, but it was still pretty pro/good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$15 + F-$19 + C$3]

12.05.24 : Shad & Pete Save the World : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
It's the usual thing where people write down problems and put them in a basket for the panel to answer, and you will find the show good even if you don't laugh hard because it's always fun and sometimes shocking, eg, "I faked orgasms more than once with my now boyfriend", who was sitting next to her - lol -. I got one problem in, ie, My cat never looks me in the eye, has it got Asperger? - lol -. It's still fun even a second time. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$25 + F-$0 + C$0]
PS: I was going to write a BS problem, ie, "I had sex in a park and a worm crawled in my pussy, can I be pregnant?", but I didn't notice Bec Charlwood was one of the panellists and it is one of her jokes, ie, dodged a bullet - lol -.
                  Guest - Bec Charlwood                                                          Guest - Kate Dolan

12.05.24 : Mat Ewins - Screen Time : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
This is where I find out I've been Catch 22-ing myself - lol -. I don't read show blurbs so as not to spoil the surprise, but if you don't read the blurb you never know if an unknown is doing something you might be interested in. Basically I was looking for a 'time-filler', and it was only after reading the blurb, ie, this looked cool, that I realised I FU-ed - lol -. What it is is Mat showing little bizarre/crazy vids that he edited/created, eg, he would show a soccer goal but remove the ball, so all you see is people falling down and smashing into each other - lol -. There are bits that are a bit Monte Python/Terry Gilliam, eg, he cuts arms/legs out of pics and makes them move, but it's not as abstract and bizarre as MP, eg, a giant foot squashing people. The guy is very affable and friendly, and the first half is quite strong, but it does taper at halfway, ie, still ok-ish. It was a Sunday crowd, ie, a bit dead, and it ended weird, so don't go by the 3.5 crowd score. Something different, I liked it, ie, would go again. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5] [T-$25 + F-$0 + C$6]

11.05.24 : Nath Valvo - Anyway, Back To Me : Comedy Store(EQ-Moore Park)
I remember seeing glimpses of Nathan Valvo on community Channel 31(Sydney) around 2004ish in a show called The Shambles with Sos, Valvo & Lynchy. The show wasn't particularly funny, except for Nathan Valvo. Fast forward to now and he super good, and a 'must-see' these days if you want big laughs. Excellent. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25] [T-$24 + F-$3 + C$3]

10.05.24 : Annie Boyle Annie Are You OK? : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
 I thought I goofed when I requesting a ticket, but it was beautiful. I actually remember seeing this - 02.09.23 : Annie Boyle - Annie, Are You Ok? : Factory Theatre -, but it's so vague I don't remember much, or it being like this - from the notes I got there late and was flustered so didn't absorb much, ie, 2nd time's the charm -. What I think it was was Annie's trip to the UK to see Delta Goodram as a coping mechanism for the recent passing of her mother - all you really can do is keep busy or it becomes overwhelming -. There's this bit in the show at the end where she thinks she sees her mother in the club, but it's delivered so poignantly and beautiful you can't not get emotional - I'm tearing up just writing about it -. I'm making the whole show sound sad, but it's nothing like that, it's mainly funny because it's a kind-of a fish-out-of-water, country girl in a big city, type thing, ie, country people don't show much emotion so it's seems out of place elsewhere. There something about Annie's deadpan delivery that I find unusually good. [Crowd : 4.75 - Me : 4.25] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$0]

10.05.24 : Lucy Henderson - Comedy Cluedo : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
It's based on Cluedo - I don't think you can use that name - lol -, where supposedly Lucy is killed and we have to workout the details, but all the people, places, and weapons, come with a Lucy personal story. She gives out clues to work it out, and tells you at the end how it was perpetrated, but the logic was way over my head so I couldn't even guess anything. Some stories were new, but most were from her routine, ie, repeats for me, and that kind-of dulls my score. It also ended strangely, so you can't really tell what the crowd thought because they were a bit confused. It's ok/good if you haven't seen her before - lol -. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$22 + F-$5 + C$6]

09.05.24 : Shad & Pete Save the World : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
This is like one of those late night festival shows, loose but good, and it works on the premise that people anonymously - lol - write problems on papers and they improvise/makeup a solution. As an example, one guy shakily wrote that he has Parkinson's and can't NUT properly anymore, all the time with his son sitting next to him - lol -. I remembered the next day that there are Rub-n-Tugs, where the girls do it for you - lol -. It's plenty fun, and you can go many times because the show will always be different because there will be always have different problems. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$30 + F-$0 + C$0]
                                                                        1st Guest - Cameron James
                                                                             2nd Guest - Connor Burns

09.05.24 : Greg Larsen - Revolting : Enmore Theatre
It wasn't as funny as 2 years back - 12.05.22 : Greg Larsen - We All Have Bloody Thoughts : Factory Theatre -, but it was still plenty ok. The first time I saw Greg was on TV, and because of his quirky oddball stuff I found him instantly funny. This show doesn't have that quirky stuff, but is more his life story, ie, being a Goth in a rural QLD school, a Goth Trans punk singer in a band, smoking pot with his music teacher for the whole music course, being a webcam girl, etc. I had to skip the ending to make my next show, so no crowd reaction score. As usual you can trust Enmore's scheduling so the show ran long, and instead of the stated 20min to get to the Factory Theatre I had to run the 1.2km in 5min for the next show. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.75] [T-$24 + F-$5 + C$6]

08.05.24 : Connor Burns - Vertigo : Manning Bar(Camperdown)
I missed the start of his show last year, and it seemed pretty good, so I thought I would go see the whole show this year. Basically I went to the wrong show in the previous session and realised so late that I watched that instead. I also couldn't get out from where I was without creating a scene. The problem was that it ran late so I couldn't get to Connor's show in time. There were two bit I remembered, maybe 20% of the show, with most of the rest being experiences in Australia - the best parts for us because it's relatable -. He did bits about doing shows in Melb, Perth, Sydney, what the crowds and people are like, eg , Perth is very meth-ie, staying in Newtown and questioning his gender - lol -, etc. Very good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4] [T-$31 + F-$4 + C$3]

08.05.24 : Boy Kills World - movie
Action - Crime - Thriller : A fever dream action film that follows Boy, a deaf person with a vibrant imagination. When his family is murdered, he is trained by a mysterious shaman to repress his childish imagination and become an instrument of death.
It's done in the style of an anime or old video game, ie, funny corny narration over the action, and because it quite different/quirky/cool/funny/fun, I liked it. I didn't drift in this one, ie, I usually drift in the slow parts in movies, ie, seen too many - lol -, but this one held my attention all the way. I found it fun and full of action, hence no time to be bored. Good  [3.75] [T-$13 + F-$4 + C$3]

07.05.24 : Northies Comedy Club : Northies Cronulla Hotel
Billy D’Arcy(MC), Kiyanosh Sahebi, Nathan Chin, Lauren Bonner, Chris Radburn
The only indoor show that gets rained out - lol -. The people around here don't go out if the weather is rainy or cold, which it was again - lol -, so only 30 people turned up - even the main bar was a bit dead -, and that made it one of those quiet ones. I don't mind - I kind-of like the place -, and the crowd don't seen to mind, but I feel it affects the comics, ie, they don't try to force something to happen and do a subdued delivery. Lauren Bonner and Nathan Chin - now I know who the lawyer was in the show below lol - were extra good. Chris Radburn was going ok, even though it was a bit subdued, but he lost his place at the end and kind-of killed any energy in the room. It was fine. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$19 + F-$15 + C$3]
PS: Gary Eck roasted the venue so hard about their lobster pots nailed to the ceiling last month, that they were missing this week - lol -.

05.05.24 : Australia's funniest Lawyers : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
Nathan Chin(MC), Gavin Sempel, Stella Wu, ?
I was thinking if I should see another show after, but this was so good I thought I would do a Costanza and leave on a high - lol -, ie, I didn't think any other show will be better. Most were from Melb so a lot was new/fresh, and because they were lawyers the level was a little sharper/clever/faster than you usually get. As for the crowd, they had the "Andrew Hamilton Conundrum", ie, lawyers don't laugh, and there was a lot of lawyers, ie, the laughs/claps should've been better. Excellent. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 4] [T-$30 + F-$5 + C$3]

04.05.24 : Meg Jager - Wrong Answers Only : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
Not particularly funny, but because I'm sick of straight standup due to watching so many in a row, the change to a different type of comedy, something that is missing in SYD these days, made it interesting for me, ie, I kind-of liked it. They way it works is three constants are asked questions about history by the host and they have to make-up/improvise a stupid answer, ie, wrong answers only. The thing is, everyone was curious to what the real answer was, but Meg would never give it. I kind-of think you need the answer so you can judge how stupid the wrong answer is, so fortunately the constants would try to work that out first. I finally find out who Slug Girl is - lol -. I saw her at The Comedy Store and she was good/funny, and that's because she was something different/quirky. Would go again. [Crowd : 3.25 - Me : 3] [T-$20 + F-$0 + C$0]

04.05.24 : Lawrence Mooney - Pigeonhole : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
He's sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and very non-PC, and that's why it was psycho funny. The non-PC stuff was only at the start and a tiny bit at the end, and was delivered ironically, and that made it crazy funny, but the major part was the story of how he nearly killed himself getting drunk and hitting his head - I think some of this was in his last show -, and this part was not as crazy funny as the first 15min. Sometimes Mooney is killer, sometimes he's only good, but I would say this was in the upper range of funny. Good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.25] [T-$35 + F-$0 + C$0]

04.05.24 : Felicity Ward - I'm Exhausting : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
She's kind-of switched to conventional storytelling comedy, and it's nice enough, but it's not as funny/quirky as the old stuff. Ever since Century Venues screwed my perfect record of seeing every Felicity show she's written when a show was moved 2 days earlier - if ringing isn't working, and voice mail isn't set up, SEND A TXT fuk-wits. I'm not bitter lol -, I kind-of lost the will to see every show, but I kind-of remember the early stuff being blistering, hence me going to every written show. I think I'm seeing too many shows because they are all blurring together, but it was still ok for me. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$43 + F-$11 + C$6]

03.05.24 : Andrew Maxwell(IRE) - Live in Sydney : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
I think I better put Andrew on my list of favourites with David O'Doherty, ie, the ones that I see every time they are here, because that was super funny. Andrew has to be the most Aussie Irish person in the world, because he's been coming here nearly every year for 30 years and loves. Plus the way he drops so many C-bombs - even I thought it was a bit much and I'm from here lol - makes him a true Aussie. About 2/3 of it was about AUS and NZ, complete with accents and mannerisms, and that is instantly funny to us because it's instantly relatable. Basically the stuff about us is usually the best part of OS comic's routine, and in this one it was most of the show. I laughed more than with David O'Doherty, but because Andrew is more edgy, and David O'Doherty is shear joyous fun, I would say David is slightly more fun. Very good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.25] [T-$45 + F-$0 + C$0]

03.05.24 : Larry Dean(SCO) - Dodger @ Factory Theatre : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
When I saw Larry the first time he came to AUS - 04.05.17 : Larry Dean (SCO) - Farcissist : The Factory Theatre -, he said something that put me off, ie, a deal breaker - gee I'm petty lol -, so I've been avoiding his shows ever since. Then I saw him somewhere on TV recently and he was very good, so I last minuted this as a kind-of 50/50 time filler for the next show and a curiosity in case he got super good, and it turned out this guy is good. As a gauge I probably laughed about a 3.75, but because it felt better than that I gave it a 4. No crowd score, because even though they assured me I would make the tight fit to the next show, this show ran long and I had to leave early to make the next more important show - I made it with minutes so spare -. Good even if it's not super laughs all the way. [Crowd : na - Me : 4] [T-$38 + F-$0 + C$6]

03.05.24 : The Fall Guy - movie
Action - Comedy - Drama : A down-and-out stuntman must find the missing star of his ex-girlfriend's blockbuster film.
It's not funny or fun like the trailer suggests. Most of it is this 'on and off again' relation between Gosling and Blunt, and this is uninteresting because there is no comedy in it. It only get watchable at halfway when they add some action due to the side story of the missing actor. But even then the movie only gets interesting in the last quarter when it's all action. I've got no idea how this is getting 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. Watchable, but a bit clunky/lame in production and writing. [2.75] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]
PS: Alex Lee(Dragon Friends) makes a small appearance at the end. Also David Collins(Umbilical Brothers)

02.05.24 : Demi Lardner & David Correos : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
So I'm heading home and I made the snap decision to go to this one, because it's practically on the way with a only a slight detour. The reason was that when I went to 21.09.22 : Demi Lardner & David Correos : Factory Theatre it was pretty much ruined by the laptop F-ing up, ie, they practically just danced around filling time, so I thought I'd try again and see it without the problems. Well I was walking and got halfway to The Factory from Sydenham, and realised that David Correos is probably just going to do the stunts I saw him do 1 week ago at his solo show, so I made a snap decision to NOT go and turned around. So I'm on the train from Redfern and didn't notice Sam Campbell is sitting opposite me, and He recognises me - so much for trying to be incognito lol -. You know when you see someone famous and you try to have a conservation but your brain falls out, well I bored him with a Dan Rath joke about "numb discharges" that only old people on medication will know - lol -. I remembered he was on UK TV, but was thinking of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and totally forgot about Taskmaster - lol -. Halfway home the abacus starts shifting and I remember the TM scene when Greg asks how he feels about the girls double crossing him and naming him, And without a flinch he goes " I'm just happy my name is getting out there". I died because it was such an internal industry joke. [Crowd : na - Me : na] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$0]

02.05.24 : Danielle Walker - The Lady Upstairs! : Comedy Store(Moore Park)
Welcome to my teen diary where I talk more about my feeling than the shows I'm supposed to talking about * insert feelings here * - lol -. I wasn't that interested because I thought I had seen half this show already at another comedy night, plus I'm getting sick of so many solo shows in a row, ie, one person talking for 1 hour, so was planing on going to a quick-change multi comic night. But then I thought I'm churning through a ton of $s this month, and this is cheap, so I figured I'll save the $s go anyway. Well I should've paid, because it was so good it deserved something. I was kind-of getting to used to her old routine, ie, I remember it, but this was all new and quite delightful. And because it had a media element with pics and vids, it broke up the standard straight talking for 1 hour that is a solo show. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$0 + F-$3 + C$3]
PS; someone should've called child services with all the bad haircuts she got when she was a kid - lol -.

01.05.24 : Andrew Hamilton - Sh*T Bloke : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
After buying a ticket I was thinking to myself that I'm crazy going to this show so soon after seeing his solo show already, but I figured that the last show was so crazy good that even if this is a repeat it would still be good, eg, a 4. Well it was better than that - lol -. You know when an OS comic comes to AUS for the first time they start with the weird way we do stuff - it's is usually the best part because it's relatable -, well Hammo ad-libed/riffed about how weird the SCF situation is, ie, in an industrial area in a shipping container with a rare soldout Wed audience, but it was delivered so fast and naturally even I was kind-of taken-aback at how quick/smooth he came up with something so funny on the spot. Half the stuff was new stuff, and boy does this guy get into trouble all the time - lol -. This time he got tricked by a girl to pay go to her friend's bondage dungeon, and because I've been to bondage nights I totally cracked-up because it's exactly as he described, ie, bigger and bigger whips, studded paddle, hot wax, ice, clamps, and the wristie - lol -. Then to top that off Alan Fang did warmup, and that was funny because I was at Hotel Sweeney's when The Fang quipped to Andrew while on stage that he'll do warmup for his festival shows, with Andrew saying sure. The crowd was a bit weird because they didn't make enough noise as to how funny it actually was, but he did say he gets weird audiences, ie, people that don't usually go to comedy or laugh, eg, cops, lawyers, etc, so maybe it was a YeahMad crowd that only watch stuff online and  never go to live comedy. Either way, on the way out I heard someone say "That was soooooo good", so that was the vibe. It was funnier than Rhys Nicholson, and close to David O'Doherty, so it was pretty good. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4.25] [T-$25 + F-$0 + C$3]

01.05.24 : Emma Holland - Here Comes Mr. Forehead : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
I wasn't expecting to go because I was planing on doing the 45min walk to Enmore to get a cappuccino - go the Cow and the Moon lol -, but when it started raining hard I figured I better do this show so as not to get wet waiting the 1¾ hours between shows. Well I forgot how quirky her stuff is, and it's the unconventional stuff that grabs me. Basically a punchline is usually something unexpected but related, but quirky so far left field it would have never entered your mind, ie, unpredictable/crazy, and it's that lateral thinking/unexpected that is good. Emma is a utter delight, and if I hadn't remembered stuff it would've been a 4. It ended weird so the crowd were probably higher than the clapping they gave. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75] [T-$28 + F-$0 + C$3]

01.05.24 : Steen Raskopoulos - Friendly Stranger : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
This latter stuff isn't as intense as his early stuff, but at least it's something very different to someone talking for one straight hour. The old stuff used to come at you pretty fast, had more group audience participation, and used to hit harder, where this is more drawn/spread out, eg, a skit might run for a couple minutes before getting to the punchline. In Improv they use group audience participation to loosen up the crowd, and even though no one likes it - doing stuff is ok, but interacting with strangers next to you sux -, it's kind-of a necessary evil to get them to react more. Steen uses a lot of individual audience participation, which is even more hated - lol -, but when people find out most of the work is done for them, ie, no one is put on the spot to come up with stuff, everyone got used to it and played along with increasing craziness - I won't tell you what happens at the end lol -. It's plenty fine. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$24 + F-$0 + C$3]

30.04.24 : Elf Lyons - Horses(WIP) : ITS(Redfern)
There's slim pickings on a Tue, but this popped up so I went - gee going to a late show in the dark and cold is depressing - lol -. The conceit is that she plays as different horses, not as Elf, ie, kind-of comedy method acting - lol -. The first half is rock solid, clever, and super funny - more than her Raven show -, and has funny audience participation and clever 'saying one thing and meaning the opposite' sarcastic ironic stuff. The middle is famous horses through history, and is where it slows down a bit. The last quarter is very WIP experimental with a lot of miming, which kind-of lost me - I don't know if it was me not paying attention or it wasn't succinct enough to work out what was going on -. The end did have a super funny audience member dealing with an old horse sketch - lol -. Basically for me half of it was 4.25 with it tapering as I tuned-out. There were a lot of improvisers/performers in the audience, so maybe they thought it was fine. It did end weird, ie, very haphazard, which may explain why there was less clapping than even I expected, ie, it was better than their score showed. Half good - lol -. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5] [T-$20 + F-$0 + C$3]

29.04.24 : Gillian Cosgriff - Actually, Good : The Grand Electric(Surry Hills)
Because this place is now up-market it pretty much priced me out, plus it practically only does one cabaret show all year, ie, no comedy. But when it does those rare comedy shows, sometimes they send me a discount code, and that makes it viable to take a risk on an unknown quantity. It's kind-of 1/3 musical comedy - not my fav but this one wasn't bad -, and 1/3 audience participation game, ie, 10 things I like questions. With the last third being a homage to her comic friend Dave who passed away - this part was a bit sad but upbeat, and caught my attention -. It's plenty good enough, and for the occasional show viewer it's good, hence the 4.5 applause at the end, but for someone who does this ad nauseam like me - lol -, things don't standout that much unless I laugh, which was my situation. Basically it was not so much funny, more on the nice side. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.5] [T-$24 + F-$0 + C$3]

28.04.24 : Elf Lyons(UK) - Raven : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
She's good, and that's despite coming from Gaulier - lol -. Of course I didn't research it - lol -, so I was expecting just a UK comic. But when I saw her doing shows at ITS I thought it was going to be impro. But when I got there and she greeted us in a horror makeup/costume with the show called Raven, I was thinking this is going to be some arty  theatrical thing, ie, one of those sad things like Michael Workman used to do. And yes it was theatrical and a bit arty, but she put so many gags in it it was actually quite good. I think it was bits about her life, mainly as a kid, but delivered in a horror motif, ie, she said her mother made her skip school to watch horror films with her, so maybe that was the inspiration. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4] [T-$30 + F-$0 + C$0]
PS: it wasn't a good idea doing 3 shows in a row, because they kind-of meld together and make the latter shows less impact-full.

28.04.24 : John Glover - Microsoft Orifice : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
It actually didn't have much to do about MS, more the office lifestyle, or more the troubles John encounters in his real office job. To tell the truth I only bought this ticket as a time-filler because my next show was bumped back to a latter time and I needed to kill 1½ hours. It's not sensational, but John is pretty good, so it was plenty fine. Ok. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$20 + F-$0 + C$0]

28.04.24 : Catherine Bohart(IRE) - Again, With Feelings : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
She's brilliant. It was the same subjects as Rhys Nicholson, ie, a gay couple thinking of kids, so long as it's not her giving birth - lol -, and just as funny if not more so. That might be due to it being a new/1st time listen, but if it ran on novelty value only it would've of run out of steam by halfway and the laughs would've died, which it did not, ie, just as funny all the way through. Excellent. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.25] [T-$35 + F-$0 + C$6]

27.04.24 : Rhys Nicholson - Huge Big Party Congratulations : Enmore Theatre
This was another ticket I wished I didn't have so I could go to Sarah Keyworth(UK) instead, but probably was actually better. Rhys is still as good as ever. He started with his usual sharp tongued back-handed comments, but settled into more domestic subjects for the rest, eg, getting married, having a wedding here in this theatre, living with his partner, and relatives pushing him to have kids. Good. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25] [T-$48 + F-$6 + C$0]

27.04.24 : Ray O'Leary(NZ) - Your Laughter Is Just Making Me Stronger : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
I liked it a lot, even with the low-key delivery. The subdued delivery did get to me in the last quarter, but I got so much from the rest it didn't really matter. The crowd on the other hand were a bit weird, like he started with some clever cerebral thinking stuff, that I got but the crowd didn't, ie, they didn't react, but when Ray got to the simple stuff and they started laughing. Basically it started a clever 4, 3.75 good for most of it, and a small section of 3 at the end. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.75] [T-$35 + F-$0 + C$6]
PS: I overheard Kirsty Webeck say Helen Bauer(UK) was great, and that is why these writings are BS - lol -, ie, reviews are demographic dependant.

26.04.24 : David O'Doherty - Ready, Steady, David O'Doherty : Enmore Theatre
The laugh level was about 4, but because David is so much fun it made the score higher. I've seen David 6 times and I never looked at the technical side, but I was sitting there thinking, man he has a lot of material, talks/delivers stuff fast, and is clever how he words stuff, and I think I didn't notice that before because he delivers stuff so naturally that it feels like he is making it up on the spot, ie, your friend is telling you stories rather than he actually wrote the show - lol -. Killer funny and a lot of fun every time, and the crowd agreed with crazy clapping at the end. [Crowd : 5 - Me : 4.5] [T-$51 + F-$0 + C$3]

25.04.24 : Adrian Bliss - Inside Everyone : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
The crowd loved it, but for me I've kind-of seen it before, ie, I know too much - lol -. This type of show was pretty common when I used to go to the Sydney Festival, ie, more a drama festival than comedy festival, and it's basically a kids show for adults, ie, not super dumbed-down simplistic, but neither high-level super intelligent/clever. As an example he played Van Gogh's ear, which was more a sight-gag than having any clever verbal comedic prose. Basically it more theatrical than comedy. The premise is of an atom hitching a ride on a asteroid to Earth and witnessing history go by, with Adrian doing short skits at historical points. It's plenty nice, just for me it's not super funny, and because I do this so much I don't really feel anything unless it's super funny. Nice, but more a visual treat than a laugh treat. [Crowd : 4.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$40 + F-$0 + C$0]
                    I don't want to show all the wacky costumes because it will spoil it if you go

25.04.24 : Helen Bauer(UK) - Grand Supreme Darling Princess : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
It's good enough, it's just that it's only chuckles. For me I had a hard time with the room because they left the house lights on, and that made my eyes burn because they shone in my face, ie, I was distracted for most of the show, hence my opinion is probably trash - lol -. The other problem for me is that I'm not really in this demographic, ie, some things are a bit specific to young girls, 2 things I don't know about - lol -. Even though I get a bit disappointed when I don't laugh much, there is nothing wrong with it, and because Helen has a fast energetic delivery there is no places that it's boring. I'm probably being over critical, and it did suffer from the 'unknown comic during an unpopular part of the week' small crowd problem , ie not much of a laugh-track to get people laughing along. It's ok. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : na] [T-$30 + F-$0 + C$6]

24.04.24 : David Correos(NZ) - I Can't Stop Vibrating : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
I so wanted to toss this ticket to go to Sarah Keyworth(UK) instead - found out too late and had other tickets -, but I couldn't waste the $30, ie, $s are tight. Thankfully it was was fu*ked-up good, ie, probably better than going to Sarah - lol -. It's half comedy stories and half physical comedy, but the modern physical stuff, ie, kind-of like Jackass, but more bizarre than crude/off-putting. Weird and quirky out-there comedy is my thing if it's good, because it's unexpected, ie, a punchline to a joke mainly runs on the unexpected, and David being high energy amplified it even more, ie, the people in front of me were dying from laughing. I can't tell you what happened because it will spoil the surprise if you go, but I was coughing up cinnamon dust from one of the stunts when I got home because I sat too close - lol -. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$28 + F-$0 + C$0]

24.04.24 : Viggo Venn(UK) - British Comedian : Factory Theatre(Marrickville)
Because I'm going to so many shows at the SCF and it's a big drain of funds, I'm prioritising new stuff I haven't seen before, so I'm picking OS comics, ie, new is good even if it's not high laughs, and locals that get high laughs. I picked this one because it said UK, ie, the UK is one of the better comedy countries, but if I read the blurb, ie, Norwegian clown, I probably wouldn't have gone. Basically he does physical comedy, but not the modern stuff, more the old type Gaulier clown school type - lol, just found out he did go to Gaulier -. He's affable enough, but basically it was a bit too simplistic for me, eg, repeat restarting the show 3 times is pretty well worn with me, because a lot of comics have done it. Because most of it is improvised mucking-around, not carefully written/planed, even he said "can you believe this won Britain's Got Talent 2023", so even he knows it's not high-brow/intelligent stuff. Because it finished weird nobody knew it ended, so there wasn't much applause - maybe 3.5-ish -, but from all the smiles and enthusiasm meeting him outside for pics, I would say they liked it  - maybe 4-ish -. If you like unconventional/unexpected, you will probably like it. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3] [T-$40 + F-$0 + C$6]

22.04.24 : Harry's Comedy - Mondays : Harry's & Hotel Harry(Surry Hills)
The crowd was low energy as per usual, but it was ok. Eric Hutton is always good, as was a US/CAN comic - maybe Renee Patterson? -, even though she a iPhone wanker - lol -, ie, they don't realise the closed ecosystem is designed to rip customers off, hence all the recent litigations and laws against Apple. For me it was one of those things were you are enthusiastic in the morning, so buy a ticket, but by the night you wished you didn't have to go. Then the low energy crowd coupled with the 'start of winter' cold bleak night makes it feel a bit depressing. Oh well, them's the breaks - lol -. [Crowd : 3 - Me : na] [T-$22 + F-$0 + C$3]

18.04.24 : Comedy Night - 4 Pines Newport : Block's Bar Manly
I didn't think this room was running anymore because there were no more ads in the usual places, then by a dumb-luck search I find out it's still going, just that they only advertise on the cannedlaughter.com.au site. Basically you would've had to been there to see the plaque they hold up, or by luck find it online. This is another 'where are they now' shows like last night - lol -, and it was a lot better. This time the crowd were into it, ie, not reticent like last time, and that made it feel more uplifting. The ones that got the most laughs were Gerard McGowan and Jacob Perry, with the rest all being pretty nice. Good. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$20 + F-$9 + C$3]

17.04.24 : Best Comedy Night In Marrickville on Lvl 1 : Lazybones Lounge Restaurant & Bar
We're trying this place again to see if the crowd got better, ie, a real comedy crowd or the bad music crowd from downstairs, and they were better, just still a bit quiet - but not for the reason you think -. It's hard to explain, but I don't think I've seen such a patient listening crowd that wanted to have a good time, in the face of a show that wasn't super funny, ie, they didn't have much to laugh at but WILLED themselves to have a good time. Sam Kissajukian killed as per usual, and Tom Orr was ok, but it felt like they saw him here before, ie, knew the material/repeat stuff. Most of the other guys were way out of left field with highly non-PC and very dark stuff, and even though they did get many laughs, no one really complained. Even though I come from the non-PC era, I find that stuff out-of-place these days, but so long as it's very funny/clever - usually an ironic take on it -, I will still oooh/laugh it, ie, I know it's inappropriate, but it is still funny. By halfway I was feeling flat/tired and wanted to leave, and when the last guy said he wasn't going to do any material, ie, he just critiqued his bad lineup choice for the night, I thought I might as well go because there was nothing to laugh at. I don't think anyone minded that it wasn't high laughs, so I doubt it was a problem. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 2.75] [T-$23 + F-$5 + C$4]

16.04.24 : Dr Karl’s Great Moments in Science : Seymour Centre(Chippendale)
It was good this year, because 100% of it was all new. Every year Dr Karl writes a new show, the problem is that 30% of it is a repeat from form the previous year, so in effect you are only getting maybe 30min of interesting if you know about the repeat.
This year it had some AI, and how it can mimic anything, and how that mimicking can scam people. Eg, they setup an online video meeting with the finical officer of a big company, where the other 3 people in the meeting were his bosses faked by AI, and in that meeting they got him to transfer $43,000,000 to their account. Yes they got away with all the money. He himself is also being mimicked in videos selling artery cleaning tables, and the next subject was about how Social Media will not stop putting those ads on their sites so long as they are being paid by the advertisers, ie, he can't get them stopped even though he put a complaint into Meta. He told us where the "Flat Earth" BS came from. Basically it came from a modern book about Christopher Columbus where the author wrote some BS that other sailors were scared to sail far because they thought they would fall off the edge of a flat Earth. Well the truth is that many ancient civilisations independently proved the Earth was spherical 2500 years before that book using basic measurements, measurement that anyone can do today except for "Flat Earthers", so in effect no one was scared of sailing off the edge in Columbus's time. Dr Karl produced a picture of off-shore wind farms, and you can see the curve because half the towers have dropped behind the sea level. He also produced a pic of models that "Flat Earthers" produced, and Antarctica is a snow ring around the outside of a plate, ie, it's beyond FKed-up stupid.
I didn't stay for the Q and A at the end because it's usual kids asking questions, ie, not that interesting. Can't tell what the crowd was thinking with the applause, because Dr Karl ended it so abruptly that everyone was stunned and didn't clap much. [Crowd : na - Me : 4] [T-$0 + F-$5 + C$3]

14.04.24 : Comedy Knock Knock : The Trocadero Room(Enmore)
Bec Charlwood(MC), Sarah Gaul, Eric Hutton, Jen Carnovale, Sam Kissajukian, John Cruckshank 
Jen AGAIN! - lol -. I keep buying tickets without looking at the lineups properly, because all I saw was John Cruckshank, and because he always 'kills', I kinda had to go - lol -. I also didn't realise Eric Hutton and Sam Kissajukian was also on the bill - lol -, and they were a bonus surprise, ie, they are extra good also. As for the show, it started a bit quiet, but by the middle of the first half they found more people for the crowd and that made it a little better. It was pretty good, it's just that if the crowd level was better, ie, more laughs/noise, it would've been a 3.75 just from the talent/quality level. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$13 + F-$16 + C$3]

13.04.24 : The Great Comedy Club : Yia Yia's Dive Bar & Kitchen(Marrickville)
I didn't realise this switched to a Sat, and I'm really not a fan of going out on the weekend, but this is one of those friendly/nice rooms so I kind-of have to go - lol -. This room runs the 'many comics short set' format, and that covers up if any comic is flat, ie, you soon forget because it chances so fast, but they didn't really need it because everyone was exceptional. It also had a good crowd that wanted to be there, ie, were enthusiastic, and did respond with laughs. This is the point where I run out of things to say so I pad-it-out with mentions - lol -. Dane Hiser is from the old days, ie, Bridge Hotel in the 90s, and I wonder what happened to his 'Salisbury State Secondary School Sausage Sizzle On Consecutive Sundays' gag, ie, he has a lisp, and saying "S"s could get people in the front row sprayed - lol -. I remember when Jen Carnovale started, and how I had trouble with Carnovale & Culp - The Cloud Girls abstract/alternative style, but now that she's gone conventional she's rather good at it. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$17 + F-$17 + C$4]

12.04.24 : TGIF! - Thank God It's Friday! : ABC Studio Ultimo
Host: Richard Glover - Guests: Tommy Dean, Rebecca de Unamuno, Tahir - Music: Gregg Arthur
I only go for the high laugh percentages of these shows, so when I saw Tahir I had to go. And even though Tahir was good, it was Bek that was the standout. I was watching and thinking how sharp Bek still is from when I first saw her at Belvoir in the early 90s, and how un-sharp Wil Anderson got in that same amount time - in the TV recordings that I can't mention, lol , he just didn't have any come-backs anymore -. In the 90s there was a Theatresports series called Boys Vs Girls, and it was girls against the likes of Wil Anderson, Adam Spenser, etc. Those guys were as sharp as a tack in those days, and it was really only Bek that could toe-to-toe with them. I think you have to blame Wil's doctor, because he said to smoke the herbs instead of getting the hip joint replacement - he cited that it might only last 20 years so he should wait until he's older so he will only need one -. The problem is giving someone permission to self-medicate is the most stupidest thing you can do, because they think 1 is good, but 2 is better, and now Wil's mind has turned to mush. One of the better ones. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$3 + C$3]

11.04.24 : Manly Comedy Club : New Brighton Hotel - Shark Bar
Marty Bright(MC), Ruven Govender, Bec Melrose, Carolyn Swindell, Al Del Bene
Pretty much everybody killed. The younger comics 'crushed', but it was the older comics that absolutely destroyed. Basically they were the same demographic as most of the crowd, ie, older, and because they all related to the subjects people were dying on the floor - they had to stop so an old guy could recover, lol -. Super good. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$31 + F-$5 + C$3]

27.12.23 : Magic Mic Comedy - Wednesdays : Potts Point Hotel
It was ok, just pretty low-key. This was last minute, ie, had nothing planned so did something, and none of the other options looked that good, ie, repeats from the last week, so I took a chance, ie, this place can be a bit hit-n-miss, and chose this one because I haven't been here since last year. Nothing really to note, maybe that it was odd that Ryan didn't get many laughs, and that Alan didn't bring his older set that did well at The Great Comedy Club, ie, he was trying new material, other than that everyone else was fine. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.25] [T-$22 + F-$8 + C$3]

09.04.24 : Northies Comedy Club : Northies Cronulla Hotel
Simon Kennedy(MC), Kurt Sterling, Tom Whitecombe, Eric Hutton, Gary Eck
Yeah I know, Gary two days in a row - lol -. You buy a ticket a month ago and forget the lineup, then you buy another this week for a different room and totally forget you've got Gary 2 days in a row. This place is weird, like this is the second time a bunch of people paid for tickets and didn't turn up - probably because it was a bit cold and rainy -. At $20 I'm definitely turning up - lol -. This place doesn't have a big-laugh crowd, and with the diminished crowd it was even quieter, and as for what it was like, basically only Eric got the crowd truly laughing with his quirky/strange/out-there material - lol -. What was even weirder was that Gary didn't do that well noise-wise, ie, he only got chuckles and smiles. His set was practically all crowd-work, as opposed to last night that was all set material, and because crowd-work is milder than set jokes, I think the crowd's attention wasn't grabbed at the start - it was like the crowd didn't even hear, or wasn't paying attention, because the few set jokes that always get laughs got dead silence -. The quiet crowd didn't help, but I don't think they care if it's not super laughs, they just like to be out of the house somewhere close/ local, ie, no effort entertainment. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$19 + F-$4 + C$8]

08.04.24 : Comedy Night @ Taffy's Bar (April) : Taffy's Bar(Neutral Bay)
Marty Bright(MC), Patrick Golamco, Bec Charlwood, Rory Lowe, ?, Gary Eck
It was a high level of comedy, but as usual the rich areas don't make the level of noise equivalent to that level, ie, they should've been louder. Pat had new stuff and was 'fire'. I think that was the best delivery Bek has does of her routine, ie, it was delivered with emphasis that made the sections more powerful. I haven't seen Rory's set before, but it's very strong. I was a bit surprised that Gary mainly did his set routine, because usually most of his sets are ad-lib crowd work. But if you think about it, this is a new room so no one would know his set routine, so there was no need to mix it up with crowd-work to avoid the dreaded 'no laugh repeats due to the crowd knowing the material' problem. Good. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 4] [T-$15 + F-$5 + C$3]

04.04.24 : Kirribilli Club Comedy Night : Kirribilli Club
I don't know what happened, but they said the sold 92 tickets, yet 1/3 didn't bother turning up. But that wasn't the biggest problem, it was that the lineup wasn't strong. You would think you could blame the diminished, but still sizeable crowd, for being on the quiet side, but they wanted to be there when one Indian comic got them laughing, meaning you can't really blame them when there wasn't much to laugh at. When they told us who the headliner was, ie, a young comic, I knew it wasn't going to end strong, so I left to avoid disappointment. You can get away with a weak first half if you have a strong finish/headliner, ie, they forget the start when people leave in a good frame of mind, and when you have such a big room, ie, 60-70 people, it's always advisable to finish strong so people come back. Apart from the Indian comic the MC was ok, but he's a regular, so all the regulars already know his stuff, ie, repeats at the same venue isn't great because people don't laugh after they know the material. [Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.5] [T-$21 + F-$5 + C$3]
                                          At least the sights and cappuccinos are good - lol -.

04.04.24 : Monkey Man - movie
Action - Thriller : An anonymous young man unleashes a campaign of vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor and powerless.
It's not specifically one of those sadistic type films, but it does lean toward the realistic drama than fun action film. Basically it has a lot of ambience and story reveal, ie, it doesn't travel very fast, and the hero is no skilled killer type, ie, ordinary action, so it's not very exceptional until the end where it does get a bit John Wick fun. Overall it was ok but felt long - this could be just me because always doing shows means I get impatient for the next bit -. [2.75] [T-$10 + F-$4 + C$0]

03.04.24 : Joke Off Comedy : Kelly's on King(Newtown)
It was a bit of a quiet one, ie, 6 people in the crowd, but it was ok. [Crowd : 3.25 - Me : 3] [T-$16 + F-$10 + C$3]

02.04.24 : Aaron Chen - Secret Show : Kinselas(Darlinghurst)
I guess everyone had the same idea as me, ie, can't afford his big State Theatre shows but this is so cheap we have to go - lol -, because it was packed/soldout. About 3/4 or 2/3 was from his 16.08.22 : Arron Chen - Special taping: Comedy Store : Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.25, which was ok, but now with his new 'moving to America' material it's a lot better/stronger. Good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4] [T-$17 + F-$3 + C$3]

31.03.24 : Easter Sun Cappuccino : Circular Quay, Newtown
The queue for the Manly ferry was too packed so I walked around the SOH and had a coffee in Newtown. [T-$0 + F-$4 + C$3]


31.03.24 : Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
- movie
Action - Adventure - Sci-Fi : Two ancient titans, Godzilla and Kong, clash in an epic battle as humans unravel their intertwined origins and connection to Skull Island's mysteries.
The originals were boring simplistic one-line stories, this one is 50 one-line stories - lol -. It was better than I expected, not that it's brilliant, more that something was always happening so there wasn't any time to get bored. It starts with that non-serious feel, that this is a ridiculous film so lets have some fun, but after that there is less of that over-the-top fun dialogue, ie, they start taking the ridiculous premise more seriously - lol -. It's kind-of like Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire(2024), in that it's nothing significant, but ok to watch. [3.25] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

30.03.24 : Ron Josol - Award Winning Canadian Filipino Comedian : Kirribilli Club
If I had to sum up Ron, not super funny, even though he did have some top-notch laughs, but more on the interesting side because of the novelty of hearing new weird stories from somewhere different, ie, new is good even if it's not high laughs. I thought it was weird having a solo show by diverse comics in a predominantly rich white old demographic area, ie, maybe it won't be popular here, but it was pretty much the most full I've seen it here - a lot of Filipinos turned up -. Plus it wasn't actually a solo show because there were support comics in first half, with Ron doing the whole second half - basically it was like the once a month Thur show -. Ron is pretty lively, a bit rude, and with the stories being mainly being about his life growing up, Filipinos achievements, eg, comedian Joy Koy, and Filipino customs, eg, eating balut, which is embryo birds boiled in their shell. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$28 + F-$6 + C$3]

29.03.24 : iD Comedy Club - Friday : Kinselas Hotel(Darlinghurst)
Last night I said I wasn't going to go shows that end late anymore because I get too FU if I get home after midnight, then the very next day I buy a ticket to a show that is specifically a late show - lol -. Thankfully it was a non-stop one-block short show that ended early, so in fact I didn't get home any latter than any other normal show. As for the show the crowd was too quiet, so if a comic didn't have strong jokes they absolutely tanked to dead silence, as some comics found out. I don't think the audience was upset if a joke wasn't great, it's just that it sounded, or un-sounded - lol -, worse than it was. It was ok. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.25] [T-$28 + F-$4 + C$3]

29.03.24 : Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire - movie
Adventure - Comedy - Fantasy : When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.
There is nothing particularly funny in it, yet alone any of the clever sarcastic stuff from the original, and it's not really a 'Must See', but they put enough story in it that I wasn't bored. It's ok as a time filler. [3] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

28.03.24 : Mic in Stand Comedy Club : Friend in Hand Hotel
Andrew Barnett(MC), Bonnie Tangey, Umit Bali, Sam Bowring, Jen Carnovale, ?, Dave Henning, Jacques Barrett
It started good, but then a comic attacked a couple and that put a bad taste in my mouth.She was fed-up always being the person starting the clapping - I try to clap first because it sux clapping on your own -, and was talking to her friend about it, but instead of apologising he told them off. They were filming for anti-socials, ie, they needed it quiet, but it's not like they were drunk and being disruptive, ie, they were being supportive and helping out with the clapping, but after the sixth comic it was too much. The night did recover somewhat with Jacques Barrett, but coupled with the late finish/long night is was a bit sh!t for me, ie, I remember the bad more than the good parts. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$21 + F-$11 + C$3]

27.03.24 : Best Mates Comedy : Wayward Brewing Co(Camperdown)
Freya Reviews(MC), Laura Hughes, Kirsty Carr, Ian Mu, Brendan Hancock, Mandy Scotney, Bec De Unamuno
On the way out I overheard, "that last girl was good", 3 times, and that girl was headliner Bec De Unamuno, ie, she killed. Actually everyone was good, Freya was MC-ing it up, Mandy went away from the usual scripted stuff - new is good for me -, Ian always seams to change it up, ie, not repetitive, and Laura and Kisty were solid. Brendan can be in your face at times, but tonight she was ok. Good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4] [T-$16 + F-$14 + C$6]

25.03.24 : Comedy Riot - Jugs & Jaffles : Enmore Hotel
Jess Fucks(MC), Jen Carnovale, Micky Bartlett(IRL), Daniel Muggleton, Frenchy
Best/funnest on the night was Micky, Dan, and the fast talking MC Jess - it's pretty impressive how quick she is -. I haven't seen the Frenchy before, and I don't know why I don't see him around the traps. I'm not sure if I missed one comic - looking at the poster the next day it shows 6 comics -, but I left half way through Frenchy so as to not miss the last bus, because I thought he was last. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$13 + C$3]

24.03.24 : Valley Heights Rail Museum : Valley Heights
I kind-of figured that it was going to be on the small side - 7 locos and maybe 7 carriages, of which half were plain freight, but if you squeeze it you can get a morning out of it, ie, I did 3 laps of the exhibits, train ride, and turntable demo, and finished just after lunch. The train ride is about 500m so they go up and back, twice, ie, 2km. There is also a model train layout, some larger models, and other paraphernalia. [Crowd : na - Me : 3] [T-$16 + F-$0 + C$3]

22.03.24 : Taskmaster AUS S03E09 - live recording : NEP Studios Sydney Eveleigh
All week they've been lining us up in the order we check-in, so I waited until the line was approx 60 long before joining so as to get the good side of the room. But this time they didn't bother putting us in order so I ended up on the bad side of the room. Thankfully I was on an isle seat and had no heads in front of me, but all I saw was the cast's ear-holes. The PA was working for the recordings this time, but they turned it off for the banter between takes so I couldn't hear any gossip between the cast. It looks like they figured-out they record 3x the footage that they could possibly use, and weren't as pedantic,  and that made it end the quickest of all the recordings I've been to, ie, 6:55pm. It was ok considering the position I got. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$4 + C$3]
PS: I was last so had no time to sneak a pic, ie, the recording started straight away.

21.03.24 : Taskmaster AUS S03E07 - live recording : NEP Studios Sydney Eveleigh
I think it was ok/good, but I don't know because I couldn't see or hear. I got the bad seat block against the far wall so I was behind the contestants, where all you can see is that back of their heads. Then there was a tall guy in front of me(see pic), that not only blocked out most of the set/cast, but also the large video screen they use to playback the pre-recorded tasks. Basically all I could see was Tom Gleeson through a gap - you can see his chair behind the stagehand -. Then to make it worse the audience PA died early on so you had to try hear what was being said directly from the set, and when the constants are facing the other way you just can't hear every word, ie, it gets tedious when you are not part of the show. I got some stuff out of it, but it was pretty much a write-off. [Crowd : na - Me : 3] [T-$0 + F-$4 + C$3]

20.03.24 : Taskmaster AUS S03E05 - live recording : NEP Studios Sydney Eveleigh
This one wasn't tedious at all, and it wasn't because it ended at a reasonable time, ie, 7:00 compared to 7:20 and 7:45. This time we had Steve Philp, and he kept the crowd going for the full record so that everyone had fun. The crowd still isn't at series 1 level, which will probably never happen again, but this was the best recording so far. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$4 + C$3]

19.03.24 : Taskmaster AUS S03E03 - live recording : NEP Studios Sydney Eveleigh
Well Tom Gleeson confirmed series 2, which is coming out soon - someone mentioned May-ish -, and was moved to Melb because there were no studios available in SYD. 
It was fine, but basically it's too long a recording. Like the first 2hrs is fun, but that last hour gets so tedious that the crowd don't even want to clap anymore, ie, they only made an effort for the recording stuff and pretty much ignore Jake Howie's attempts to join into stuff to entertain them - I think they would've just preferred to hear the unimportant small talk between the cast -. Also when the mystery 'must be kept a secret' cast was introduced, the middle aged couple next to me said they didn't know who they were. In the UK there is lots of comedy panel/games shows where comics get known, but here we only have Have You Been Paying Attention, and possibly the very limited comedy cast in The Hundred with Andy Lee, and that means no one knows half the comedians. They also didn't add a common entertainer/non-comedian to the cast for the public recognise, like in series 1 they had Jimmy Rees, who is more known as a performer than a comedian. The crowd also isn't as good as series 1, and that's the way the producers want it. The crowd was so hyper fangirling for series 1, ie, laughing, oohing and aahing, they had uninformed/stupid people saying a laugh/reaction track was added. So they got Jake Howie, a milder warmup guy compared to Steve Philp who can get any crowd hyper, and that kind-of kills the room vibe, ie, not as fun. It's free, so it is what it is. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$20 + C$0]

19.03.24 : NSW Festival Comedy Show 2024 : Sydney Town Hall
Jean Kittson(MC), Cam Knight, He Huang, Sarah Gaul, Bruce Griffiths, Tommy Dean, Peter Berner
It was a bit of a mild one, and I think it was mainly due to the crowd being mild, ie, they didn't react/laugh much. It also didn't help that quite a few seat were empty, ie, it was soldout, and they kept sending you notifications that you could return tickets for reallocation, but because tickets are free people were too lazy to return them leaving seats empty. Also because it was free, people from other interests came, ie, no exposure/interest to current comedy - the older lady next to me was a music goer, and she said she didn't get the jokes -. Also people were old and the comics were youngish, so some couldn't relate. It was fine, but Penrith was better. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$3]

18.03.24 : Taskmaster AUS S03E01 - live recording : NEP Studios Sydney Eveleigh
I don't know what happened, but this is the third recording, yet series 2 hasn't been on TV yet, if ever - lol -. Series 1 was late 2022, ie, 05.12.22 : Taskmaster AUS S01E01 - live recording : NEP Studios Sydney Eveleigh, and I got emails for the next studio audience around mid 2023(July?), but they were in Docklands Melbourne. I was pissed I couldn't afford to go to Melb, and assumed the recording was switched to accommodate a larger studio audience, ie, it was over subscribed and sold-out in days - Tom Gleisner said they had to record the recent Thank God You're Here at Docklands because they needed a bigger studio for the large crowd -. Then latter I was at 19.10.23 : Sporties Comedy Club : Moorebank Sports Club and Steve Philp sees me and comes over for a chat - Sporties is in the middle of woop woop, ie, Hammondville, and it was only me and another girl that he recognised, so were the only other people he could talk too. So I asked about Melb Taskmater, ie, a bigger studio, and he said it had the same sized crowd as SYD, and that they moved it there because all the studios in SYD were booked. Now they are recording another Taskmaster, ie, series 3, and yet I haven't heard a word of the Melb series 2.
This is all None Disclosure stuff - they said the NDA is so people are surprised by the cast, yet they will be promoting it for a month beforehand spoiling their own surprise - lol -, so I can't say much, but I can tell you what it was like. There were some annoyances, ie, Tom Gleeson overly questioning one contestant, and pushing false logic to justify rulings, but overall it was good, just very long. Basically they allow the comics to keep talking in the hopes of something funny being said, and that made the approx finish time of 6:30-ish balloon out to 7:45, ie, 3hrs of material for a 45min show - ouch! -. [Crowd : na - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$4 + C$3]

17.03.24 : Comedy Knock Knock : The Trocadero Room(Enmore)
Sam Bowden(MC), Gen Fricker, Daniel Muggleton, ?, Dan Rath, Micky Bartlett(IRL)
Basically I was tired from 14 days straight of night shift comedy - lol - and wanted to stay home, but the lineup was so strong I had to go - lol -. On Sat I went to 15.03.24 : The Nick Bartlett Show : Gasoline Pony(Marrickville), but the other option for that night was Micky Bartlett(IRL)@Comedy Store. Basically due to that being expensive($35), and it had other comics I had just seen days before, I went to The Nick Bartlett Show, so now I'm doing this as a cheap version of that gig - lol -. Sam Bowden had new historical material, which I liked a lot. Gen Fricker was smooth. Daniel Muggleton was good. ? was nice. Dan Rath was 'fire'. Even though I remembered most of Micky Bartlett's set, he was also good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4] [T-$13 + F-$21 + C$3]

16.03.24 : Free To A Good : ITS - Improv Theatre Sydney(Redfern)
It wasn't a blistering one, but it was better/funnier/more interesting that the last show, and what makes it even better for me is that's it's not another standup show, ie, it's something different in comedy. Good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$20 + F-$5 + C$3]
PS: We found out Dragon Friends is as good as dead - I've seen this coming for the last couple of years because the quality went downhill -. Basically it's still running, but the people that made it good left due to now having real jobs, and when they did it on Twitch without all the important people it was very unfunny and unwatchable.

15.03.24 : The Nick Bartlett Show : Gasoline Pony(Marrickville)
From the blurb on the event it didn't look that good, and there were better options for tonight, the problem was the better options were comics I saw last week and even last night - lol -, so I went with something different. What it was was Nick doing some sort of talk show, ie, after each act the performers were asked questions from the audience suggestion box. There was free/long form Impro, which wasn't done very well, ie, they didn't know the tricks to make a boring story entertaining - when you've seen the best it's hard to watch beginners -. There was very short standup slots, ie 3min. There was a roast where the contestants forgot to roast each other and roasted Nick instead - lol -. It was basically Scary Strangers show. There was also people from the Yeah Mad Youtube channel doing small appearances. Overall it was pretty lose, ie, it was a shemozzle, but because it was my first time it had novelty/new experience energy, so it was ok to watch for a one off, ie, I wouldn't like to go on a regular basis because the shambles would get tedious quickly. Not many laughs - Nick was the best part -, but at least it was something new. [Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.5] [T-$17 + F-$3 + C$3]
                         Improv                                                                    Standup
                       Yeah Mad                                   Talent show                                       Roast

14.03.24 : Manly Comedy Club : New Brighton Hotel - Shark Bar
Marty Bright(MC), Billy Darcy, He Huang, Daniel Muggleton, Michael Vincent, Julia Wilson 
Because the comedy is never that good over here in Manly, ie, the crowds are dead, I'm starting to think I only go for the scenic ferry ride - lol -. Tonight was totally different, there was a big crowd, and they were very alive with laughing and clapping, ie, they made a great laugh-track, which made it even more funny. Everyone pretty much killed it, so that when Marty gave out a discount code for next month it looks like it sold out that night, ie, I don't have an internet mob - I'm still on 3G lol - and when I got home at 12:30am is said ticket sales are closed - ouch! -. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$31 + F-$10 + C$3]
PS: There is tickets now.

13.03.24 : Sydney Tramway Museum : (Loftus)
All I can say is that the Light Rail to Randwick isn't much better than a 112 year old 1911 tram, ie, they both rattle, shake, and are noisy - lol -. At the Sydney Heritage Fleet Shipyard they mentioned this tram museum, and because I was bored last night I looked it up and it's only open today Wed and Sun. So I quickly organised myself, ie, scrambled in the morning - lol -, and went. There were steam trams and electric. Trams from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, San Fran Cisco, Germany. There was even trolley buses, ie, buses converted to run on electricity and with an aerial that runs on overhead wires.  As far as what's like, the NSW Rail Museum is better, but it's ok if you are into this sort of stuff or want to kill 1½hr. I actually liked the 10.03.24 : Kanangra - The last of Sydney's K Class double-ended ferries : Sydney Heritage Fleet Shipyard(Rozelle) better, because it's a tour where they explain stuff, where as here there is no tour so you just walk around and read stuff, ie, no behind the scenes stories. They were fixing the tracks so we only got a short ride of a couple of hundred metres. It's Ok. [Crowd : na - Me : 3] [T-$15 + F-$0 + C$3]
                               1911 ride-on tram                                 Balmain tram later used in a rifle range
                            San Fran Cisco tram                                                        Trolley bus

12.03.24 : Penrith Comedy Gala : The Joan - Penrith Performing & Visual Arts
Simon Kennedy, Sarah Gaul, He Huang, Gary Eck
Gary was told to keep it clean, but when talking to an older woman said her husband was a "pussy hunter", because her last name was Hunter and he hunted her - lol -. Simon and Gary were killer. He Huang wasn't as good as she usually is - she had to do a long set which is delivered slower -, but she still was plenty good enough to get the crowd laughing. And Sarah was nice - some songs weren't as relatable to such an old crowd, eg, the recycling song, but the last song was relatable -. Very good. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4] [T-$0 + F-$5 + C$3]

11.03.24 : RatKorp - Rat Klub Comedy : Moshpit Bar(Newtown)
So it wasn't a fluke that so many people turned up last week, because a decent sized crowd turned up tonight also. The crowd was weird - so what's new lol -, because they liked it, but didn't want to make any noise, ie, barely any clapping but they listened intently. Quite a few repeats - so what's new lol -, but they made me laugh so all were fine. Freddie McManus again stepped up with dynamic delivery,  mixing things up, and new material. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3] [T-$10 + F-$14 + C$3]
                                                 RatKorp still shredding documents - lol -

10.03.24 : Kanangra - The last of Sydney's K Class double-ended ferries : Sydney Heritage Fleet Shipyard(Rozelle)
For something different, I went to a ferry restoration tour - lol -. I think I was the only one with an engineering and metal fabrication background, because everyone else said they had a ferry/maritime interest. A bit of info:- 'double-ended ferries', ie, a prop on both ends with controls on both ends, is an Australian invention, which got copied by other countries, eg, Hong Kong, Singapore. They have way more stuff than a railway museum - I was jealous of all the lathes, mills, etc -, but maritime stuff isn't as popular as trains, ie, it's harder for them to get funding. They replace one hull plate at a time, by removing it, making templates of the plate's curvature, roll it dead flat, use the old plate as a template to cut and drill a new one, bend the curves back, and rivet it back on. Even though marine isn't my thing, it had all the metal trades I'm interested in, eg, casting, machining, fabrication, engines, so I found it pretty interesting. 
To tell the truth I didn't come for the boat, I came for the box it's floating on - lol -. I worked for the company that built that floating dock in Homebush Bay, and did make a few internal bulkheads, so I thought I would walk on it's deck again after nearly 100 years - lol -. The way it works is they put the floating dock in a dry dock, drain the dry dock, open hatches on the floating dock, refill the dry dock thereby sinking the box, float the boat over the top, drain the dry dock again so the boat lands on the box, and refit it's hatches. Then it's just refill the dry dock and that floats everything. The reason they went with commissioning a floating dock is because the boats are restored by voluntary labour that takes way way longer to do, so commissioning/building this floating dock was way way cheaper than hiring a dry dock for decades, ie, it was built to restore the James Craig and that took 20 years - lol -. He said the dry dock costs $44K/hr, ouch! -. From memory it's 300 tonnes, 20m wide, 60m long, and I can't remember if it's 2.5m or 2.75m high - it's probably 3m high lol -. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75] [T-$25 + F-$0 + C$3]

09.03.24 : Free To A Good : ITS - 
Improv Theatre Sydney(Redfern)
Because I couldn't hear last time at the back, ie, it was frustrating and isolating not knowing why people were laughing and having a good time, I made a push for the front, and it was way way better when you can hear what is going on. As far as material it wasn't one of the exceptional ones, but because I could hear and concentrate I was engaged all the way through, and that made up for the material, ie, material 3-ish, enjoyment 3.75-ish. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$20 + F-$5 + C$3]

08.03.24 : TGIF! - Thank God It's Friday! : ABC Studio Ultimo
Host: Richard Glover - Guests: Gary Eck, Jennifer Wong, Tommy Dean - Music: Victor Valdes
These recordings are rarely high level laughing, and it's only when it gets a good guest is it worth going, which is why I'm only targeting shows where the guest are a known quantity, ie, good. The problem is, even though they have been good in that past, it doesn't mean they are going to be good for this show. Like Gary has been very good every time he's been here, but tonight he didn't do much, and that makes the show reliant on Tommy Dean. And even though Tommy Dean is good, he's only been good 50% of the time here. Unfortunately tonight it wasn't one of those 50%s. Basically it was all a dull affair, ie, bordering on tedious. You can't tell the crowd's score because they are trained to over exaggerate the applause, but not even the crowd laughed much, ie, it kind-of confirms it wasn't a good show. [Crowd : 4? - Me : 2.5] [T-$0 + F-$3 + C$3]

07.03.24 : Kirribilli Club Comedy Night : Kirribilli Club
Everyone was nice, but it was the heavy hitters, ie Peter Green and Sean Woodland, that got the biggest laughs. Peter Green has done some unconventional comedy, ie, hid in a black garbage bag on stage for 2 hours with his head wrapped in bubble wrap and aluminium foil just for a surprise reveal joke - lol -, but I have never heard a joke as unconventional as getting to his sheep joke - lol -. It went along the lines of, "there's two sheep in a field, and they walk off", and it would end there, then 10min latter we're back to the sheep, which again ends abruptly, then finally at the end we get the sheep joke, ie, it all made sense then - lol -. You don't need me to tell you what Sean Woodland is like, there's plenty of posts here about him, lets just say he has an old time comic style that is always a hit. Sometimes I feel like I only come here for the cappuccino and the view - lol -, but tonight the laughs were good also. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$21 + F-$5 + C$3]

06.03.24 : Joke Off Comedy Competition - Grand Final : Kelly's on King(Newtown)
It was a long show, but a good one. From the crowd it felt like every contestant was 4 stars laughs, ie a high level, with Peter Meisel a 4.5 laugh level. For me, because 'I've seen stuff man' - lol -, it was 3.75 and 4, ie, above average to good, ie, still very funny. Dave Woodhead was excellent as MC, Tom Cashman was good as support, and Lochlann McAllister was good as ex champion from 2023. I wasn't actually going to go because of it's early stated start time, ie, I had something else to do, but since I was in the area I took a risk that it would start later, which it did, and it was very worth it. Good. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$35 + F-$9 + C$3] [extras $12]
                                                                       Contestants
          Winner-Stella Wu, Runner Up-?, Judges choice-Maddie Dockrill, MC-Dave, Tom, Lochlann

05.03.24 : Northies Comedy Club : Northies Cronulla Hotel
Daniel Townes(MC), Rohan Arneil, Tom Orr, Fiona Cox, Mick Meredith 
It was a decent sized crowd, and they did want to be there, it's just that they didn't laugh much, and that's when I started wondering if this is another Oatley Hotel situation. Basically at Oatley it was always the same people in the audience, and when a comic came back, which was often because the room ran so long, they remembered/knew their routine and didn't laugh. Even though I don't know how long this room has been running, it seams to have a lot of tables with women every time, and because Tom Orr was here a couple months back, and he got the quietest response, it kind-of feels like repeat syndrome - lol -. Mick obviously got the most laughs with Fiona the second best response, but everyone was fine. On a side note, Oatley is how Gary Eck got so good, and that's because people stopped laughing when he returned there so he started riffing with the audience, and now that's the best part of his set - lol -. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$18 + F-$15 + C$3]
PS: at 2hrs travelling in each direction, I don't think it was a good idea to take the train, ie, a long night.

04.03.24 : RatKorp - Rat Klub Comedy : Moshpit Bar(Newtown)
It's never going to be a big night here because it's kind-of a new material night, which is actually better for me because there is less repeats. I was wondering why there was all this RatKrop stuff on the Facey page, and it's because it's a kind-of mock corporation skit by Ryan Sim, ie, they are not weapons dealers - lol -. Best on the night was Dan Rath, Ian Mu, with mentions to Jen Carnovale - did new material -, Laura Hughes, Jack Wright, Kevin Jin, Concetta Caristo. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3] [T-$7 + F-$4 + C$3]
                           Guy Pearce and his secretary shredding documents at RatKorp - lol -.

03.03.24 : Comedy Knock Knock : The Trocadero Room(Enmore)
Sam Bowden(MC), Aaron Gocs, Danielle Walker, Andrew Hamilton, Bec Charlwood, Joe Daymond(NZ)
The crowd was quiet right from the start, but when some people keep talking and had to be kicked-out, it kind-of killed the night, ie, even less laughs. Not even Hamilton could get the crowd going - now I'm wondering if this is the same crowd as at 26.02.24 : Comedy Riot : Enmore Hotel just up the road, ie, repeats, or maybe they were spooked by his gaol(jail) like appearance -, but right at the end headliner Joe Daymond(NZ) did break them and get the place going. I think Danielle Walker popped in to do a guest spot, and even though half her set was trying to control more talking people, she did bring some new material. I haven't seen this Bec Charlwood before - lol -, but the first half of her set was new material. When someone changes their hair I have trouble recognising them, and even now I can't remember her face, ie, I remember her 2nd half repeat material more than her face. Not as fun as last time, plus I missed my bus and had to do the long walk home, ie, made the night even more sad. The crowd were 3-ish clapping all night, but Joe got the room 4s at the end, ie, it averaged 3.75 total. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 2.75] [T-$13 + F-$16 + C$3]

29.02.24 : Pyrmont Comedy Club : Pyrmont Bridge Hotel
Dan Muggleton, Tom Witcombe, Steph Broadbridge, Fady Kassab, Sean Woodland
It was a strong linup so it was always going to be good, it's just that the crowd was a bit rambunctious at times and talked over the comics. You are going to expect comments with Sean, because his view point on some stuff it a bit non-PC, but they even drowned out Dan at times, who is an expert on controlling unruly crowds because his room in Kings Cross can get rabble-ly. It was only those two, but it was a bit annoying. Dan was good with his 'ideal group size' routine. Tom is very smooth in delivery now. Steph forgot her "living the dream!" line, but at the very end when Dan was getting individual applause for each comic - probably after all the first half comics left -, she got equal applause and woo-ing(4.25) as Dan and Tom. Faddy and Sean got a bit extra applause(4.5), with Faddy absolutely killing it, and Sean doing very well. I would've given it a 4 if it wasn't for the crowd talking. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.75] [T-$25 + F-$5 + C$3]

28.02.24 : Best Mates Comedy : Wayward Brewing Co(Camperdown)
Freya Morton(MC), Pat Golamco, Jen Carnovale,  Loz Booth, Tom Cashman, Wandi Cao, Ian Mu, Nikki Britton
This has happened here before, but only half an audience turned up, ie, not much of a laugh-track, and them sitting at the back didn't help. Even though it didn't feel as warm and fuzzy as it usual is here, the crowd felt like it understood it wasn't a big night so probably weren't put-off by it, ie, they will probably come back again. Freya was doing MC duties again, and this time came up with 2 new games to play with the audience, ie, think of an opening line for her dating profile, and a test to see how rich or poor you are by asking you what type of fridge you own, eg, water dispenser builtin, rich, freezer on top, poor - lol -. Pat Golamco, Jen Carnovale, Tom Cashman - thankfully no d!ck measuring stuff lol -, all had solid new material. There was a visual disconnect with Wandi when she started talking about 'passing a lamppost', ie, taking massive sh!ts, but after that she was good. Ian Mu did his full set without the tragic part, and it was rather good. Loz was Loz. I don't know if it's because I haven't see Nikki for such a long time, ie, I forgot her material, but I think that was the best set I've seen her do, ie, it was good. If the crowd were better/louder it would've been a 3.75 - 4 is a must see show -. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$16 + F-$10 + C$6]

27.02.24 : Sweeney's Comedy : Hotel Sweeney(Town Hall)
Unfortunately only 5 people turned up, and even though it's not a deal breaker for me, the 'dead air' does affect the show. Even though there wasn't a crowd generated laugh-track, things can get bad if the comics give up, ie, deliver nothing. Thankfully everyone delivered something, and because it was mainly new stuff - new is good even if it's not particularly funny, because I haven't heard it before -, it was good enough for me. Andrew Hamilton was the best on the night, because he threw-out his new material in his usual big, affable, friendly way, like nothing was wrong, ie, no crowd. The theme for the night was new stuff, and Andrew Hamilton, Maddie Dockrill, Amelia Navascues, and Tom Orr were all good in that respect. I couldn't get over the tragic situation Ian Mu is in, but I liked him too. I've been to a shows where I was the only paying customer, so it's not like it was off-putting, ie, never come again stuff, and the few other guys here were regulars that keep coming back, ie, they've seen this before, so it's not likely that it was a deal breaker for them either. Them's the breaks - lol -. [Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.75] [T-$0 + F-$9 + C$3]

27.02.24 : Drive-Away Dolls - movie
Action - Comedy - Thriller : Jamie regrets her breakup with her girlfriend, while Marian needs to relax. In search of a fresh start, they embark on an unexpected road trip to Tallahassee. Things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals.
It's nice enough to watch, it's just that it doesn't illicit any emotion in you, ie, it's not particularly funny, yet not unfunny, it's not sweet, yet not harsh, it's not compelling, nor not uninteresting, etc. Basically you would think it's some adorable/sweet type movie because of the two girls, but in actual fact it doesn't charm or captivate, it's just a nice movie. I didn't regret seeing it, but it didn't make me cry - lol -. [3.5] [T-$10 + F-$5 + C$3]

26.02.24 : Comedy Riot : Enmore Hotel
Freya Morton(MC), Andrew Hamilton, Sam Bowden, John Cruckshank, Steph Broadbridge, Dan Rath
They had 3 of the 4 heavy hitters - no Luke Heggie -. Cruckshank instantly killed and got super laughs from the crowd. It took a minute before the crowd warmed to Hamilton, but then he killed the rest. I think people get scared when he says he just got out of gaol(jail), and looked like it too - lol -, but when they find out it was only shrooms, they get into the crazy story of what happened. It took a while before the crowd got into Rath, but they came around near the end of the set. He has the odd style of quick comments where you need to hear every word, and I think the crowd had a problem hearing all the nuances and sharp comments because the sound wasn't great. I had trouble with the sound all they way, ie, missing words, and that was because it was a bit muffled, ie, it wasn't sharp/treble-ly. What was weird with the crowd was that the room was packed, but at the second interval half f-ed-off. It was like they saw it was late and had to go home because they had work tomorrow. Steph was next after the exodus, and you would think it would kill her set, but the remaining people got into it and laughed quite a bit. Freya was nice, but being MC reduces the effectiveness of your material because it has to be spread-out in long MC duties. Sam was also nice, but he is rarely a heavy hitter. It would've got a higher score if I could hear, but it was still pretty good, and it was hard to gauge the crowd after half left. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$10 + C$3]

24.02.24 : The 7 Comedians Show : The Juniors(Maroubra)
Peter Meisel(MC), Thao Thanh Cao, Christina Zheng, Kieran Daughton, Christina Van Look, Sean Morahan, Richard Lindesay
The room isn't as comfy as Roseville Cinemas - it was striped for renovations lol -, but at least the show was funnier. The crowd was the same as Roseville, in that they wanted to be there and listened, but were a bit quiet, ie, I think they were happy with what they got. Peter Meisel was best on the night, and that was with MC duties - you can't beat the old-timers with the one-liners -. Thao, Kerian, and Christina Van were good, and because Richard was doing a tight 10min rather than the stretched out MC gig, he was much funnier. The downside, due to being old - lol -, is that it starts late and ends late, and when buses quit here at 11pm it's the long way home plus a 30min walk - left 11pm got home 12:30pm -. Also there is a lot of preamble/admin talking, and the first time it makes you feel like you are part of the family, but by the second time it felt like it slows down the show, hence the long show late finish - 2:30hr long -. Pretty good. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$26 + F-$5 + C$3]

22.02.24 : Banana Peel Comedy : The Long Goodbye(Darlinghurst)
It was that weird but good crowd. They wanted to be there, ie, no one walked out, and they listened intently, ie, liked it, it's just that they didn't make much noise, and coupled to that fact I wasn't in the mood to laugh - 3 buses forgot to turn up so I was late -, it was a bit of a quiet night. All this cr@p didn't matter, because you can tell the crowd was pretty satisfied. [Crowd : 3.5 - Me : na] [T-$0 + F-$12 + C$3]

18.02.24 : Comedy Knock Knock : The Trocadero Room(Enmore)
Sam Bowden(MC), Steph Broadbridge, Tom Cashman, John Cruckshank 
Everyone is a heavy repeat for me, so I'm not going to say much, but the packed audience seemed to like it a lot, ie, they got into it and made noise. It's always worth it with John Cruckshank, even with the repeats, because he kills it and I always find him super funny. Steph brought the ukulele, and I vaguely remember seeing it from what feels like a decade ago. Now I'm wondering if I saw her when she started - my memory is shot, hence why I still laugh a repeat jokes because I forget stuff and get surprised by the punchlines lol -. It was fine. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$13 + F-$16 + C$3]

17.02.24 : Lunar New Year Comedy Festival : The Concourse(Chatswood)
Jason Leong(MC), Diana Nguyen, Henry Yan, Ting Lim, Kevin Jin, Chris Nguyen,  Harry Jun, Annie Louey    
After I bought a ticket I thought this might not be a good idea because half the lineup was the same as last year, but what are you gunna do - lol -. Well it was sufficiently different that it was fine, considering the conservative/quiet-ish crowd that usually turns up here - the few white people laughed more than the predominantly Asian crowd -. Harry Jun was the best on the night, ie, 4 woofs, with Annie Louey next. Chris Nguyen didn't get as many laughs as Lidcombe last week, but was still good enough to get third. I just realised Kevin Jin has been doing a new routine, which is not as good as the old one, ie probably the reason of not doing well at Lidcombe, but tonight he was good enough to get a decent response. Diana Nguyen had a new routine compared to last years MC-ing, and new is fresh/interesting. Henry Yan and Ting Lim did shorter sets, but were nice also. And Jason Leong as pretty nice as MC. There was adequate laughing, but it wasn't as much as you would expect from a crowd this size, and I don't really know if it was the crowd or the comics - I didn't laugh as much as Lidcombe so maybe it just wasn't as funny -. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$44 + F-$4 + C$3]

16.02.24 : The 7 Comedians Show : Roseville Cinemas
Richard Lindesay(MC), Thao Thanh Cao, David Poltorak, Fiona Cox, Dane Hiser, Sean Morahan, Joe Comino
By the time I was umming-and-ahing at going to 16.02.24 : Chinatown Comedy Club : The six:twelve (Harbour City Cinema),ie, expensive $38 and recent repeat comics, it soldout - doh! -, so I switched to a place I've never been to that cost nearly the same($36) - lol -. I've been meaning to go to a 7 Comedians Show for a long time but the price kind-of put me off, ie, stuff over $30 is getting on the rich side for me, but because of my 'see different places' motif I sucked-it-up - lol -. It's got that family-run friendly vibe, ie, they treat you like they know you, and a lot of people turned up, ie, maybe 70-ish, and they try to do their best, it's just that most of it was on the mild side. This didn't phase the audience at all, it's like they knew what level it was going to be so were happy with it, but for me the lack of a laugh track was noticeable. On the bright side Joe Comino absolutely smashed it, with Fiona Cox next best. Richard Lindesay, Thao Thanh Cao, David Poltorak, were notable, just not high laugh comics. The friendly vibe, the comfortable venue, and the large crowd made it worth it, it's just that I needed a stronger lineup to make me happy - these first impression reviews are a bit disingenuous because it's a sample of only one show and could be an oddity -. It would've been around 3.25, but Joe Comino was so good he bumped it to ok. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$36 + F-$0 + C$3]
PS: I timed the end of the show perfectly so as to make the last bus, but 3 trains got cancelled, and because I had no alternative options from isolated Roseville, I had to wait. A train did turn up 1 hour late, but because the only route back was a long one it took 2½ hours, ie, got home 12:30am.

15.02.24 : Birchgrove Comedy Night : The Riverview Hotel(Balmain)
Andrew Barnett, Jacques Barrett
I've got my new manifesto, ie, seen every comic a hundred times so might as well see every comedy venue I can find, and this has to be the oddest/unconventional comedy room I've been to. First of all it's a restaurant, and a not very big one, ie, maybe 30 seats, and a not very big crowd turned up, ie, maybe 20, and crowd were all old, ie, only old people can afford a rich area like Balmain, but all of that wasn't a problem because they were friendly and enthusiastic and responsive, ie, gave good response to any half decent joke. This is pro comics, so it was a level above, but there are only 2 comics, and because it's a restaurant that only serves meals when the comics are not performing, it has a late start and a decent sized break so there is time to serve meals. What was even more odd for me is that it's a restaurant, and that I was hogging a table by not buying dinner - everyone else in the room ate -, and that made me feel weird/uncomfortable. Andrew Barnett was good and the best on the night. Jacques Barrett had a lot of new stuff, and was fine, but I reckon if he did his old material, ie, mispronouncing words, the Ivy, etc, he would've done better, ie, would've been best on the night. I would say the comedy/crowd was good, ie, 3.75, and would come again, it's just the weird situation/feeling is hard to over look, ie, my reduction in woofs. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$30 + F-$16 + C$6]
PS: Jonas Holt - seen him 100s of times at the Bridge Hotel 20 years ago lol - did setup/roadie stuff, and I kind-of wished he did a spot because he's good.

15.02.24 : Madame Web - movie
Action - Adventure - Sci-Fi : Cassandra Webb develops the power to see the future. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies, if they can all survive a deadly present.
The trailer looked like another crappy 'see future deaths' horror film - I don't do horror -, but when I read the description it said Marvel, which is my cup of tea. I like stuff that has bigger story lines, plus seeing the future adds extra mystery, it's just that parts don't look big budget compared to other Marvel stuff. The weird/cheap stuff didn't really bother me, eg, how did she cross so many borders when she was wanted by the police - lol -, and I was entertained all the way through, so I liked it. [3.75] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

14.02.23 : Friendlyjordies - A Call To Neck Beards(Trial) : Carousel Bar(Darlinghurst)
I saw this show advertised a couple of weeks ago at a big Penrith venue, and before reading the blurb - I thought Neck Beards was about another loser subset, eg, Hipster - lol - I saw it was $50 and had to pass. Then this turns up for only $20, so I actually read the description, and it said conspiracy theories, which I hate - saying stuff without proof is just another religion - lol -, but I read further and it said Byzantine Empire. I quickly guessed this was some sort of history based comedy, something we don't get enough off - I've only ever seen 3 -, so I quickly snapped a ticket because that's my thang, ie, thinking stuff. Well it's scattered but thought out, clever but simple, chaotic but controlled, ie, it switches all over the place. Basically he gives a bit of history, then quickly cuts to exaggerated modern visual metaphor, reference, or side comment, as a kind-of explanation - these are very loose/crazy/insane references, so are pretty funny -. Whether his take on this history is correct I don't know, because I never looked into the Byzantine Empire, ie, I came here to learn - lol -, so only David Cunningham(Project52) would know - lol -. My gut feeling is that he seems a bit self-righteous/opinionated, so may lean in a different direction than what is historical correct, but maybe his take looks into it with more depth, because he added a lot of interference by other empires. Either way it's not so much history but more a comedy, and the constant switching between his historical facts and the comedy kind-of makes you lose track with what happened in his telling of the Byzantine Empire. It's kind-of an intellectual comedy, but delivered by a kind-of common man/Bogan, that is fully packed and delivered quite fast, ie, no time to be bored. Basically if I could see it again on the cheap I would definitely go, because he is very good and I liked it a lot. Excellent. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 4] [T-$22 + F-$0 + C$3]

13.02.24 : Jean Kittson - Live(Trial) : Harold Park Hotel(Forest Lodge)
There was nothing "Trial" about that, that was a fully packed show. You know how young comics mainly talk about dating, the next older about having kids, the next about divorce, well Jean is the next next older group, so there was material about getting old, eg, taking care of ageing parents, etc. It wasn't all old stuff, it was from being a kid to now, and all the embarrassing stories due to her not knowing stuff at the time, eg, she worked in a chemist as a teen, and when a guy asked for "gossamer"(condoms) she gave him Gossamer hair spray, asking if he wanted 'firm hold' - lol -. She still pretty animated and excitable, just like she was on The Big Gig(1989-1991), so nothing has changed even though she's 70 now. It was all pretty top-notch except for the sad story of taking her nan from Sydney to Melbourne - she was young and didn't know how bad dementia/alzheimer is -, but that was just me because I've seen relatives with it, and it's a bit harrowing. Halfway through I was thinking to myself, this is a Pro comic because this is so packed with material and delivered quite fast, and that's something I don't see often  these days with solo shows. This show was well worth going to, because it was very good. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.75 ] [T-$21 + F-$4 + C$6]

09.02.24 : Year of the Dragon Comedy Showcase : Lidcombe Community Centre
Harry Jun(MC), Kevin Jin, Chris Nguyen, Pat Golamco, Christina Zheng, Jenny Tian
I wasn't planning on doing anything, but this free, not too far, show turned up on Eventbrite in the afternoon, so I said fook it, grabbed a coffee and got going. You can imagine what the crowd was like for a free comedy show in a local festival, that was not well attended, in a place not known for comedy - some had never been to a comedy show, the decent sized crowd was a bit stand-off-ish/unresponsive. And even though they were quiet/unresponsive, that was only at the start, because the comics got them to loosen up, and by the end they got into it and applauded quite well. The best on the night were Chris Nguyen and Pat Golamco, ie, most laughing, but Harry Jun and Jenny Tian were so close they were all pretty high level. Christina Zheng wasn't far away, with Kevin Jin probably with the least laughs, which is weird because he is usually the best. Really they were all good to get a non-comedy crowd to have a good time, so mission accomplished. [Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$2]

08.02.24 : Banana Peel Comedy : The Long Goodbye(Darlinghurst)
It had a massive 14 comics, ie, fast intense sets gave no time to be bored, and the big friendly crowd added to the fun, and that made it quite good. The problem with walk-in free comedy is that people walk in with no real interest in the comedy and can be disruptive, but with this book-ahead free comedy you kind-of know that the people want to be there and will give the comics a chance. There is going to be a cop-out here, and that's that I don't remember faces that well, ie, prosopagnosia. I'm also not going to remember names even if I could hear them being pronounced. What I do remember is gags, so I going to know the repeat routine before the face - lol -, ie, sorry if I don't mention some names. Lochlann McAllister - thank you The Laugh Inn for posting everyone's name and pic for reference - was the best on the night. I was just saying last week that you don't see Stella Wu much, and she turns up here with with a good headliner set. MC Jacob ? - didn't hear the name and don't think I've seen him before -, was equally as good as Stella. The French guy(pic 11) was good/interesting, simply because it was a different style of comedy. Alan Fang had moves like Jagger, and I don't mean like a dying fish on a riverbank™(Jack Wright) - lol -, more that he is unpredictable, ie, what I like. This time he didn't go for the easy/obvious stuff, ie, big boy stuff, and he even did some good crowd work that cock-blocked one poor guy - lol -. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$0 + F-$5 + C$3]


08.02.24 : The Holdovers - movie
Comedy - Drama : A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go and a grieving cook.
Finally something good. I wasn't going to go because it said Comedy-Drama, which usually means all drama NO comedy, and even though it's not high level comedy, it is still pretty nice. It's about people set in their ways trapped together and finding out there is a lot more to each other than their external jerk persona's suggest, and because they are good characters with interesting back-ground stories it made it very engaging. There is nothing serious serious, ie, nothing off-putting, so I found it nice all the way through. [3.75] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

07.02.24 : Argylle - movie
Action - Thriller : A reclusive author who writes espionage novels about a secret agent and a global spy syndicate realizes the plot of the new book she's writing starts to mirror real-world events, in real time.
There's just something about it that makes it not super interesting, ie, I found it hard to pay attention all the way through and was writing this review in my head rather than watching it - lol -. It's also a bit of a mishmash, it has silly action comedy, it's a bit serious in places, it has a some clever plot points/concepts, and sometimes it's stupid, ie, it's doesn't seam to know what it is. It's watchable, and the 2nd half has enough happening that I could pay attention, but I'm only giving it a bit over a pass mark. [2.75] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

06.02.24 : Northies Comedy Club : Northies Cronulla Hotel
Jack Wright(MC), Michael Vincent, Laura Coleman, Chris Radburn, Cameron James
To set the mood we have to start with the room/crowd, and they were reserved but wanted to listen, which is a dichotomy because they don't make as much noise as they should. What is a bigger dichotomy is, they don't mind not having a big laugh track and still have a good time. Basically it's only me that I notices something missing. What surprised me was how much material Jack Wright has, ie, enough for a solo show - I guess I'm used to the short set nights lol -. Last minute replacement Chris Radburn and headliner Cameron James were pretty equal on laughs, but I guess I would give it to Cameron because of his long headliner set. Laura Coleman was next funniest, ie, gelled with the crowd, and I wished Michael Vincent did a longer set because he was interesting as a real Australian. Good, just wished for a bigger laugh track. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$18 + F-$4 + C$9]

03.02.24 : Free To A Good : ITS - Improv Theatre Sydney(Redfern)
Demi Lardner, Edan Lacey, Alex Lee, Ben Jenkins, Michael Hing
I wasn't feeling it, but there was extenuating circumstances so it was probably me. Basically I should not have done 4 days in row, ie, fatigue, plus it was packed and I got a bad seat at the back, ie, you are isolated and removed from the show and I also couldn't hear that well, ie, missed the zingers. The thing is I thought last show was good, but when I listened to the podcast it was even funnier, so even though I didn't dig this show - the crowd seamed to laugh enough for a good show - it could be good on a re-listen. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$20 + F-$0 + C$3]
PS: Listening to the podcast it wasn't as good a show as last time, but the podcast was better than being there live - understandable considering the problems -.

02.02.24 : Beachside Comedy Club- Friday Night Showcase : Bondi Liquor Co
Freddie McManus(MC), Ryan Sim, Stella Wu, Ben Kochan, Billy D'Arcy
It was a bit of a quiet one, but it was fine. Freddie McManus was good as MC - I wonder what welders he sells lol -. Stella Wu has a bit of a scripted routine, which can be a problem with repeats, but you hardly ever see her around, and it is good, so it wasn't stale. Ben Kochan is always fun. And Billy D'Arcy came up with a totally new set, which was good because I'm starting to remember his other stuff, ie, repeats. The problem was that I transferred my cancelled ticket to this show and thought I would be ok doing 4 days in a row, but come the day I felt a bit tired - still not fit from the 2 week flu - and would've really liked to take the day off. Either way I tuned-out at the start and only started paying attention at half way, ie, my score might be a bit low. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$21 + F-$5 + C$3]

01.02.24 : Comedy & Cocktails at Cardea : Cardea(Barangaroo)
Cam Knight(MC), Julia Wilson, Tahir
This place is too posh for goblins like me - lol -. It was a pro lineup, and they were all good, it's just that it's one of those posh ded crowd places, eg, Manly, Kirribilli, The Beresford, etc, where the crowd just don't react that much. It's probably an age thing, ie, only older people can afford posh places, and old are more reserved, ie, too uptight to laugh. If you look at Bondi it's kind-of posh, but because Beachside Comedy Club gets a young crowd it's fun. That being said, the crowd did loosen-up/got drunk - lol - in the second half, so they did get better. As for the comedy, you're are getting a pro lineup show, ie, a higher level, but the big bonus was that you get Tahir. Tahir is always worth it because he is one of those super fun comics, and because he doesn't do many gigs - he does some solo shows but hardly any lineup shows -, he is well worth chasing down even if the venue is weird - lol -. Also I missed him at Thursday Night Comedy Show : The Riverview Hotel recently so I jumped at this show. Tahir did the usual improv, but his crowd participation, ie, getting a girl to propose - lol -, had the crowd loosen up, ie, they become less inhibited when they do something crazy, like a standing ovation for the groom leaving the bathroom - lol -. It was plenty good, you just have to live with a smaller laugh-track, ie, would've been a 4 with a better crowd. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$30 + F-$7 + C$3]

31.01.24 : Best Mates Comedy : Wayward Brewing Co(Camperdown)
Freya Reviews(MC), Jack Wright, Tom Elphick, Fiona Cox, Steph Broadbridge, Lauren Rowe, Marcel Blanch-de Wilt, Luke Heggie
The place got popular again because it was packed, and the show was very good especially the first half. Freya Reviews 'crushed' with her crowd work. Jack Wright's new bib-lay(bible) - lol - material hit the mark - he did a sendup of the Virgin Mary for a Xmas show and now has a routine out of it lol -. Fiona Cox is always adorable. Steph Broadbridge brought her strong set, with her 'getting old/dry' material resonating with the older ladies in the 2nd row - lol -. Lauren Rowe's story makes me sad, but she is nice enough that you accept it somewhat, ie, you laugh cry. Somehow Luke Heggie wrote a full 1 hour solo show in the Xmas break, and again it was a killer. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$16 + F-$3 + C$6]

26.01.24 : Beachside Comedy Club- Friday Night Showcase : Bondi Liquor Co
Cancelled. I don't know what happened because there is other shows on Australia Day, eg, The Laugh Inn, iD Comedy Club, etc, but it looks like the guys wanted to take that day off. [Crowd : na - Me : na] [T-$0 + F-$0 + C$0]

25.01.24 : The Great Comedy Club : Yia Yia's Dive Bar & Kitchen(Marrickville)
Mandy Scotney(MC), Freya Reviews, Alan Fang, Andrew Hastings, Kurt Sterling, Divya Murthy, Jarred Keane, Kiyanosh Sahebi, Chris Ryan
It's still got that friendly, supportive, wants to listen, crowd, and that makes all the difference between an average show and a nice/good show. You know when you see someone too many times, even if they are good, you don't find them funny anymore, but then if you see them after a long break they are suddenly good again, well that's why I found Chris Ryan the best on the night. Jarred Keane was pretty close, and Alan Fang was good even though he went with the lowest common denominator stuff, ie, fat jokes, but his job is to make people laugh and he did that very well. To tell the truth I found everyone good, but Divya Murthy and Freya Reviews also stood out to me. Very good and a nice friendly room. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75] [T-$12 + F-$10 + C$4]

24.01.24 : The Boys in the Boat - movie
Biography - Drama - Sport : A 1930s-set story centered on the University of Washington's rowing team, from their Depression-era beginnings to winning gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
It was never going to be high energy because it's designed to be an emotional historical piece, ie, it's slow and moody, but at least it isn't that slow that it becomes tedious. Basically it's a simple story that you already know from the trailer, so the emotional personal feeling parts can feel a bit like filler rather than anything significant, ie, there are some parts you would like to be faster - that could just be me lol -. It's ok to watch. [3] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$3]

23.01.24 : Sweeney's Comedy : Hotel Sweeney(Town Hall)
The crowd was better than usual, ie, they wanted to listen, so that was a good thing - a comic did attack 2 groups for talking, so it was lucky that it didn't put people off-side -. Nick Capper was the best, but Alex White had some new/good stuff about being the middle man between his hyper woke SYD friends and his very un-PC school friends from his home town of Newcastle. Laura Coleman also had new stuff - new is good when you know everyone's routine lol -. Nick Sun thankfully didn't do any Ayahuasca drug material, ie, I've heard it too many times. Steph Broadbridge's new stuff wasn't connecting that well. Oddly it felt too fast, which is weird because I like fast, so it felt like the concepts didn't gel in the mind - I could be talking cr@p because I don't know what the crowd was thinking, ie, fast may be good for them - lol -. By the end of the night I think the crowd got tired, because they got a bit quiet - it's not a long show, but I think because there is no break it might make it feel long -. [Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5] [T-$0 + F-$4 + C$3]

20.01.24 : Free To A Good - podcast : ITS - Improv Theatre Sydney(Redfern)
Michael Hing, Tom Walker, Nikki Britton, Ben Elwood
There is not really much comedy in SYD other than standup, and that why things like this are a nice change. Hing is kind-of like a young version of Dave Hughes, in that he does anything and everything, and he is really the only person from Project52 that still tries to do weird/alternative shows - there is Dragon Friends, but they've been dying a slow death -. The surprise was Ben Elwood turning up, because, as per usual, he stole the show with craziness. The first half was crazy funny, with the second calming down somewhat. Very good. [Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4] [T-$20 + F-$0 + C$3]
PS: The show was very good, but listening to the podcast was even funnier.
Ep. 192: Funny Knees - Recorded Live at Improv Theatre Sydney with Tom Walker, Nikki Britton and Ben Ellwood

18.01.24 : Wonka - movie
Adventure - Comedy - Family : With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers.
To tell the truth I didn't have any interest in going to the film, I only went for the exercise because my legs are jelly from being bedridden for a week. For me it was too simplistic, and that made it quite boring. Plus it's mainly a musical, and I don't like those. Unremarkable for my demographic. [1.5] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

16.01.24 : Dream Scenario - movie
Comedy - Horror : A hapless family man finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. When his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.
I didn't like it at all. I was expecting some sort of intriguing mystery SciFi, but it's this slow cautionary tale on how Social Media can destroy people. It's another one of those unsatisfactory movies where sh!t happens for no rhyme or reason and without any satisfying conclusion. Also it's a fake "Comedy", ie, they use a comedy genre to get more sales even though there isn't a skerrick of comedy in it. [1] [T-$11 + F-$0 + C$0]

15.01.24 : The Beekeeper - movie
Action - Thriller : One man's brutal campaign for vengeance takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as "Beekeepers".
This is a long the lines of the revenge type movies, eg, The Enforcer, etc, and we all like to see that bad guys get what they deserve. Good. [3.75] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

12.01.24 : Mean Girls - movie
Comedy - Musical : Cady Heron is a hit with the Plastics, an A-list girl clique at her new school when she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
I should've researched it, because what it was was 100% musical with 0% comedy. I'll watch anything outside my interests so long as it's funny, but when you don't laugh once it becomes boring. Also by what felt like the 15th song I was pretty cooked and wanted to leave. There were a couple of tween's in the audience that clapped at the end, but even they didn't laugh at anything. Probably only for young girls. [1.5] [T-$10 + F-$0 + C$0]

11.01.24 : Kirribilli Club Comedy Night : Kirribilli Club
Sikpped, too sick. [Crowd : na - Me : na] [T-$21 + F-$0 + C$0]

10.01.24 : Buddy's Comedy : Buddy's Bar(Newtown)
Had to skip because too sick with flu. [Crowd : na - Me : na] [T-$21 + F-$0 + C$0]

04.01.24 : Good Vibes Comedy : Forrester's(Surry Hills)
It looks like Good Vibes Comedy found a new home, and took the good Meraki crowd with it - lol -. In the past it was certain death doing a show in Jan because everyone was out of town, but I guess everyone is broke and stayed in SYD because the room was practically full. It was only after I edited the photos that I noticed, holy c@rp that was a lot of comics, and that means there is no time to get bored with so many switch-outs - lol -. No one really stoodout - I'm not actually going to notice when I've seen everyone at least a dozen times lol -, but everyone was good/fine. The room/crowd had a friendly vibe, so it's worth coming again. [Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5] [T-$17 + F-$6 + C$3]

01.01.24 : Next Goal Wins - movie
Comedy - Drama - Sport : The story of the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0.
You don't really need for me to tell you it's a bit simple and formulaic, because most films of this type are - lol -, but what it is is an amusing fun little  film. Not Taika Waititi funniest one, but it's amusing enough that it's fun. [3.5] [T-$11 + F-$5 + C$2]