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This is what Pat Doherty says on FaceBook (I’m doing Coogee Bay Hotel on Monday and Hemingway’s on Wednesday):

There’s heaps o’ good Dirty Thunder gigs this week!
MONDAY:
Coogee Comedy Night at The Coogee Bay Hotel 8:30 P.M.
TUESDAY:
The Hot Beef Comedy Night at Stowaway in Freshwater 8:00 P.M.
WEDNESDAY:
Dirty Thunder Comedy Night at Hemingway’s in Manly at 8:30 P.M.
SUNDAY:
The Comedy Fix at The Lord Wolseley Hotel in Ultimo at 7:00 P.M.
Tudor Sunday Open Mic at The Tudor Hotel in Redfern at 7:00 P.M.
Come check them out! ūüôā

Monday Running Sheet:

Cameron Duggan (MC), Gerard McGowan, Sue Thomas, Justin Jones — [Break] — Angie LavoirPierre, Mick Meredith (Headliner).

I did the Silent Witness story with two new sign jokes — the plastic folders joke got a belter and Mick Meredith noticed that. Cool. I got a lot of kind comments from audience members (4), including a lady who liked the set because she liked the silent witness show and in spite of the fact that she described my stuff as “inappropriate”. LOL My favourite bit about the night was the $20 drink token which is pretty much the same as being paid. Excellent!

Wednesday Running Sheet:

Pat Doherty¬†(MC), Justin Jones, Sue Thomas,¬†Gerard McGowan, Dan Muggleton¬†— [Break] — Jen Canivale (Headliner).

I did the Silent Witness story again giving it a bit more pumping up and with a lot of minties to help with the phlegm. Hemingway’s is a upmarket bijoux establishment and I was surprised how many people they could pack in. The audience must have¬† been locals, they were all very friendly, and a mixture of young and old. One young guy said on the way out “you were my favourite”. So we can chalk that gig up as a job well done!

What do you do when you front up at a Phuklub show and you have a script full of questions for one of the show and tell performers (like I did on March 19) and the guy¬† in question doesn’t show?

You get up on stage and do it anyway. Brent did a stint doing escort work in his youth so he lent the occasion an air of authenticity and great storytelling skills.

So we improvised the interview. Brent Thorpe was hilarious and I had a lot of fun.

This is what Jeremy Belin said (thanks again for the wonderful photos buddy!):

“You had to be there. This was one of my favourite acts in Phuklub history… it was interesting, honest, hilarious and totally off the cuff and unrehearsed.”

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After a few weeks travelling around New South Wales, attending birthday parties and generally gigging around I returned to my old stomping ground – The Friend in Hand. Liam tapped me on the shoulder and said “do you want a spot Sue?” and I said “I could do that”.

Like don’t sound so enthusiastic. Inside my head I was panicking. I was thinking “what can I do?” The answer is one of my favourite stories “Silent Witness” which went down quite well.

One audience member said “I missed the first 2 minutes because I was laughing so hard I cried” and another man said “I had to go and get a drink”. I said “that’s why we’re here” – to get people to drink.

Here is the video and the running sheet friend-02-03-17. I hope you like it.

 

Here’s one for the Diary

Posted: August 25, 2016 in facebook, fans, gigs, reviews, venues

bunker comedy

FaceBook message from Bobby Deez:

“Hi Sue, I saw you perform at Harold Park recently – would you be interested in doing a 5 min spot at Bunker Comedy Night at Coogee Diggers on Fri Sep 2? Cheers, Bobby”.
They seek her here they seek her there — It seems I’m famous!!! This should be a lot of fun. Comedy. A new venue. And a lot of my good friends. ūüôā¬† Here they are:
Bunker Comedy  (Coogee Diggers)
CALL SHEET
Fri Sep 2nd 2016 8.15pm    
MC:¬†Luke¬†Joseph¬†¬†Ryan¬†¬†12‚Äź15¬†min ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Marty Bright                 5 min                       
Marcel Blanch­ de Wilt       5 min                                    
Dan Rath                   10 min
BREAK 9.15 pm                   
MC                          12-­15 min                              
(Special guest?)             5 min                                
Sue Thomas                    5 min                                   
Lee Reid                        10 min
BREAK     10.00 pm       
Cam Knight                  30 min

The gig turned out to be a lot of fun. I did the Silent Witness Story and got some good laughs in the middle, a little soft at the beginning and the end. ¬†But it was mostly good, there was a huge audience, a seemingly bottomless bar tab (no I wasn’t pissed), and I got a few very enjoyable comments from the nice people there when I flyered for my show.

My favourite comments were: “Surprisingly funny” (from a middle aged couple)¬†— “my friend nearly wet herself”¬† (the lady was pregnant — so I can’t take all the credit) and “you look like Meryl Streep” (I asked the lady in which film and she said The Devil Wore Prada, ho hum).

The “special guest” turned out to be my pal Justin Andersen who did a great set.

Late Night Live (LOL)

Posted: July 22, 2016 in facebook, gigs, photos, reviews, venues

Friday sometime (22/7/17): I can’t believe I’m actually doing comedy in the middle of the night. Dan Muggleton’s Comedy after hours will be something to write home about tonight.

Comedians pictured (left to right): Waka, Daniel Muggleton, Kyle Legacy.

Late Saturday (23/7/17): The gig went well, that is to say I was reasonably happy in the way I got out the material (as I sat there on my own talking to the bar tender and drinking my solitary gin and tonic) — The audience were happy (they laughed) and Daniel Muggleton (pictured centre) was happy too (he gave me the extra drink token, cool!)¬†— which is most important because he booked me and may book me again. LOL

Monday morning (25/7/16) FaceBook:

Sue: Thanks for the spot Daniel – I had a lot of fun – that’s what I do it for mostly – please let me know if you have a spot for me again. ūüôā

Daniel 9:24am   hey pleasure, thanks for doing it! you did real well

My show is going to be huge this year — as well as my own brand of story telling and humour there will be Adil Varisli (with his Turkish drum), Stephanie Broadbridge (with her Ukelele) — sweet!!!

What makes my comedy different from other shows at Fringe?

‚ÄúMy comedy works on several levels. I do regular ‚Äúbits‚ÄĚ, like jokes, like other comedians but I also do my erotic stories, which I comment on from a ‚Äúmoralistic‚ÄĚ standpoint (seriously, who writes this stuff?), I improvise. This year in an effort to break the show up a bit and provide productive pauses from the Sue wonderment I have asked two of my friends to do some of their stuff like ad breaks on TV, I hope this will keep it light‚ÄĚ

Keep an eye on the event page for more developments.

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Poster by Paige Hally.

I woke at 5 pm in a pool of my own sweat and thought ‘I must back up my computer’ — ever had that thought?

Anyway as I was doing it I found this review from Dom Romero, the first famous person I met as a comedian doing Raw Comedy, that first fateful night .

The context is Phuklub, that notorious and totally enjoyable room we had for years at the Roxbury Hotel; till they found out we were doing it and stopped us. LOL

The reason I like this review especially is because it makes me sound like a feminist heroine and it proves I was on Phuklub pretty much every time; for good or ill.

Here’s the review (Stand and deliver blog¬†/ Dom Romero ;¬† Sunday, January 08, 2012 ‚Äďas seen 12/6/12) —¬†click on the link for heaven’s sake! :

Zen and the art of complete and utter chaos

If I have misgivings or concerns about Phuklub, it’s the way in which it comes across as a naughty boys’ club. There’s room for girls if they can hold their own, titillating with out-grossing antics. That’s how it seems on the surface.

This isn‚Äôt the case, however. Ash and Blake offer the example of Sue Thomas, a regular fixture on the Sydney open mic circuit and of Phuklub. By day she‚Äôs a ‚Äúlibrarian at the State Library who used to stalk Paul McDermott‚ÄĚ.

‚ÄúSue‚Äôs on virtually every Phuklub,‚ÄĚ Blake says. ‚ÄúShe reads erotic fiction while we play the theme from Twin Peaks over the top of it.‚ÄĚ