Lady Hampshire Haha!

Posted: June 21, 2018 in gigs, venues

This is the second spot I did at this lovely gay friendly and dog friendly hotel (the Lady Hampshire). It was full on! We nearly had two fights but everyone had a good time, because of the fights or despite them I wasn’t sure. At least it wasn’t my fault. Fortunately for me they like weird stuff down there.

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Sunday 17th June was my third go at this excellent room (What She Said). The whole set up is amazing. The room runners (Naomi, Sophie and Alex) are very supportive with pictures and videos and encouragement which is the most important thing. I love it. And the audiences have been very warm. I couldn’t believe my luck.

This is what they say:

What She Said is a weekly all women comedy night packed with stand up, storytelling, sketch and musical performances from Sydney’s best comics.

Every Sunday at The Chippo Hotel at 6:30pm
Tickets $10 online, $15 on the door
Food and drinks available to purchase on the night

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Two Wolves bites the dust

Posted: June 2, 2018 in facebook, gigs, venues

billy-george-freddy at molotov

Molotov (the sign-up-on-the-night room, previously known as Mugg and Kettle) has always been a bone of contention but that was part of its charm. So we were cheap, used the f and the c words, and broke most of the licencing laws. We got a lot of talent flowing through those poorly lit, poorly sanitised, poorly maintained halls.

On Wednesday 30th May 2018, after a nine month experiment to prove the proposition that underground comedy can work at a Christian run bar, the team (Freddy McManus, Billy Darcy and George Pettifer) called it a day. Don’t get me wrong, there was as always an enthusiastic following, but in this the third try for the franchise, artistic differences were cited as one of the reasons the venue gave for the split. The audiences loved us; but the venue had God on their side.

I have always been kind of hooked on this room because there were none of the constraints that there are in many rooms where you have to be good. I think you have to be bad to be good.  It’s all part of the creative process. Try things out, throw out what you don’t like and then build on what remains. That’s what was so valuable about this room. And I’d just like to say well done to all the people who have been involved, running, participating and most of all, supporting the room; because no room is any good without a crowd.

Molotov crowds have been very kind to me and for that I thank them. They are champions. Sitting through 40 plus comedians week after week, some of whom are doing comedy for the first time, can’t be easy, especially when they have to do it sitting on very hard chairs.

I took a survey on the last night of Molotov because I was afraid that I was solely responsible for the room’s demise. The other comedians brought up a lot of controversial concepts for the audience to deal with like: drug taking, racism, religion, pederasty, bestiality and sex toys, making it a challenging and lively show.

I had a great experience last month at the Loose Leaf Literature event. Here are the February recordings from Loose Leaf Literature and as you can see there are a lot of other excellent artists on this site. I hope you enjoy them. I will definitely be going back, hopefully to perform, but certainly to watch.


Molotov Rules!

Posted: March 10, 2018 in gigs, running sheets, venues

I’m a “regular” at Molotov — its an excellent room — close to Sydney University in Two Wolves Bar — the audiences are warm and appreciative — the wait staff are very nice and don’t judge me for drinking 5 dollar beers.  Here’s this week’s second bracket with my name.


Loose-Leaf Comedy coup

Posted: March 10, 2018 in gigs, poetry slams, stories

When I got to Lazy Bones Lounge Marrickville I thought this must be the place. Was it the quirky turn of the century decor, the photographs and artwork int he  toilets or the statue of Michelangelo’s David (complete with micro penis) in the loo. Its just a lovely place. I felt immediately at home.

I had a really good time at Loose-Leaf Literature night for February.  It was great night. I did my octopus story, the Glory Hole story and two poems. I couldn’t believe I got so much time, it was excellent!

The other acts were good too. A lady told a short story about her mother and two guys did poetry and music, and a lady painted female nudes during the performances — they were all engaging and talented, I had a really good time.

After the show I got a lot of warm feedback from the other acts and the audience. I would love to go back there and perform again.

Here’s what they said about the night:

Sydney is a city overflowing with creative talent. Join us on Monday 26th February as Loose Leaf Literature celebrates the wonderful weirdos who keep our city bright, beautiful and inspirational.

Performing on the night:
– Lily Gollightly – Calvin Cheater – Sue Thomas – Finn Keogh – Live art by Bronte Rosebery

$10 Entry from 7:30pm, back in our cosy space at Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville.


Poetry at Parliament on King.  Sunday, February 4 at 5:30 PM – 9 PM. This is not my first poetry slam but it was the best (I did one at NSW Uni). I found out about it at the last moment and headed on down to Kingstreet Newtown and put my name down. It was an incredible show! I did a poem about the beginning of a relationship and all the other girls did poems about the end. There’s always a first time. You have to learn.

Here’s what they said about the show:

Music, poetry, books up to the ceiling and whisky in your coffee…
Live art and some beautiful StayFly works on exhibition.
Come and pour your heart out. Do whatever you please, there are no rules, ratings and no subject this time!
This is going to be an event running on the first Sunday of every second month starting this February of 2018!

Come and sing your heart away or rhyme your deepest joys and sorrows… Everything you have created, and everything you are, is a product of our world’s divine expression… It is an interesting time to celebrate this, and interesting to see how it manifests itself through art and through you!

Poets please comment below for a spot or come at 5pm to jot your name down.
Artists contact Bella on 0477078132 to sell or exhibit your pieces, be it