Archive for the ‘gigs’ Category

The Hilarium moved to Magic Monkey at Kings Cross this year and has been a lot of fun. I think it can be counted a success as well because plenty of people turned up. Some sessions were packed to capacity and more (don’t tell anyone). Dean Hagland is partering up with Seizure again on this Fringe project, before he returns to the USA.

Here’s me on video at Roast Battle.

hilarium at fringe 2018

Seizure Kaiser, as usual, is the entrepreneur par excellence!!! I say that mostly because he’s put a few gigs my way for Fringe this year. For instance:

  1. xxx Comedy Show (1st September,  6th September, 9.30 pm)
  2. Best of Fest.  (8th September, 7.30 pm)
  3. Wicked Women (Friday 7 and 8 Sept., 9.30 pm)
  4. Roast Battle (against Gavin Scott — he won — 14th September, 8.30 pm)
  5. Its a Match!!! (21st and 27th September at 9.30 pm)

hilarium 2018


I did my Doggy Style set at the Friend in Hand (Thursday 23-8-2018) and I was amused by how much people laughed in the weirdest of places — like I could hardly get past the first line of poem! (“I love my dog …”). They were weird but nice. So were the other comedians. Check this line-up out:

MC: Ben Darso — First Bracket: Sayed Batchon, Clinton Haines, Marcel Blanch De Wilt — Second Bracket: Seizure, Sue Thomas, Luke Joseph Ryan — Headliner: Peter Berner.

This is what they said on FaceBook:

Feature – Peter Berner

Peter Berner is without doubt one of Australia’s most popular and respected media entertainers, stand-up comics and corporate performers.

Peter started his career as a stand up comic in 1988. Since this time he has performed locally and internationally, as well as writing and performing solo comedy shows in festivals in Australia and the UK. His intelligent humour has always set him apart as one performer who can comfortably straddle comedy styles as disparate as satire, observational comedy and reactive comedy with ease leaving audiences in hysterics. His comedy has also proven to translate into electronic media, with Peter constantly employed on both TV and radio since 2000.

Peter’s major TV Hosting roles have been “BackBerner” and “Einstein Factor” both on ABCTV (all up he has presented more than 300 hours of national television!), and he’s been a valued, successful and integral member of Triple M’s talent base for the past 10 years.

MC – Benny Darsow
Ben Darsow is on fire after a sell-out Perth Fringeworld, 4.5 star Adelaide Fringe and triumphant return to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2016.

This closely follows a breakout tour of the USA and Canada last year.

Ben combines clever observational humour with free-flowing audience interaction and performs with an undeniable joy for the craft.

This is what they said on Face Book about What She Said… I did my Octopus Poem and I think it was enjoyed.

Get ready for an amazing night of comedy this week at What She Said with performances from Sian SmythSue ThomasRosie PiperBri EllenNaomi Mourra ComedyKathryn Maelbox ThomasAngelaSullen, Paige Hally, Rachael MillantaAlly Cockrell +Kimberley Greaves, and your host, Sophie Long!

Join us this Sunday at The Chippo Hotel and end your weekend on a high! — with Rachael Millanta.

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Rodney Todd and Friends

Posted: August 14, 2018 in gigs, venues

Rodney Todd and Friends was a very cool evening and fund raiser (lets hope Rodney sold a lot of hats and scarves). I was one of the first to appear at the Sydney Park Hotel on Wednesday 1 August 2018. Clinton Haines stripped down for his art and Dave Eastgate appeared accidentally because it is his local hotel. Good on him. He riffed for 20 minutes about being homeless (I think he has an  idea for another fringe show). I did my Octopus Story which was totally unexpected. It lovely to be included in such a talented evening of Rodney’s friends.

rodney todd and friends

sydney park hotel--aug1-2018

This is what Argyle Comedy club looks like:


This is what Thalia said on FaceBook:

I used to dred Monday’s… now they are my favourite day!!Another stellar line up, I could not be more excited!!  Doors open 7pm, show starts 7:30pm. FREE ENTRY! And $10 Pizza!!  Message me to reserve a table!

[Monday 16th July]. Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and nursed their french hangover at Argyle Comedy Club last night!! Was an absolute stellar line up and looking forward to next week!!

Line up:
Jason Leigh
Dean Podmore
Andrew Paskin
Reece Boyall
Rachel Millanta
Paul Westervelt
Harry Jun
Craig McLeod
Billy D’Arcy
Joe Antar
Sue Thomas
Jimmy Pringle
Tom Casey
Jacob Perry
Alia Lievore
Thomas Orr
Wiley Jay
Jack Schirnack
Rowan Thambar
Patrick G
Sayed Batshon

The lovely Bella Fiorentino put on a great night once again at Parliament Cafe on Sunday 8th July. It was a lot of fun. She had me as the “feature” artist and it was a lot of pressure because I always think of myself as an ensemble kind of guy. Still I gave them all I got. Maybe a bit more.

The other acts, as always, were standout particularly the first guy Paul was great telling poems about Bondi (my home town), very lyrical and pure. Bella sang a song with her clear haunting voice. It was a very nice laid back night, just like the night in April.

This is what Bella said on FaceBook:

Bring your instruments and spill your woes with some whisky and caffeine, sprinkles and whipped cream! Another night of madness, music, poetry and a saucy erotic comedian, the dearest Sue Thomas! Some StayFly artworks will be on exhibition, the one and only YOORI will be painting the night away and all ticket proceeds go to a charity chosen by you! We wont be voting or ringing any bells for time limits! Just a poem or song per person & if times left you can go again. Hope to see you there!

Sign up is 5.30 with a 6pm start, jam starts around 7.30 and if you would like to sell or exhibit any artworks or handmade thingamabobs (I took some tee shirts and booklets — I know that was a bit cheesy but I sold some, so there!)

parliament cafe

Argyle Comedy Club

Posted: June 26, 2018 in gigs, venues

Monday night at Argyle Comedy Club was a very nice experience. People talked about the “womb-like” ambiance of the room (at the Argyle Tavern). People drank happy hour cocktails. People laughed; and people came back after the break. I closed the first half and thanks to the helpful venue staff I had both a light (to read by) and a stool. It was very comfy. The audience were very nice. I had a very good time. I will definitely be signing on again.