Australian Adventure #9 - Disco Rickshaws, Demi & Dancing


Good morning!

I have woken up immensely happy... and i've had TWO coffees. So I am on FIRE!.

Also, last night I completed one of my main dreams: Getting a disco rickshaw. I have ALWAYS wanted to ride in one, so at 3am, leaving the Arts bar with my crutches and $10 to my name, I thought 'YOLO/ CARPE DIEM' I am going to get a bloody rickshaw! And I did. All the way back to my house. Sure, it may have been more expensive than a taxi, but the memory of being cycled down Rundle street on my own at 3am with the sound of Annie Lennox blaring out of tinny speakers will remain with me for life as a moment of great bliss. I felt like a disco queen. And I don't care how lonely or weird I must have looked travelling in a rickshaw on my own. I felt like a modern day Khaleesi.

Anyway, despite the fact I have huge bruises under my arms from the crutches which now give the impression I have green mould growing in my armpits, I have developed core stomach muscles which would put Lara Croft Tomb Raider to shame (arguably....) and my guns* are getting hencher each day.

I was happy to read yesterday that Heckler magazine called my show an 'an uproarious show full of charm and wit' and was thrilled to wake up to a emails from audience members who had not only enjoyed the show but who had thoughts on my material on prostitution, pornography and sharks. It feels great to have an open dialogue with audiences as it helps generate new ideas for how you can develop and shape your work. It's nice to know that people don't just forget the show the moment they leave the room and that the subjects I talk about on stage do resonate.

My fringe has so far been made by the following people, who I will now list below so that you can click and see their shows/ keep an eye out on them in your hometowns. Last night I danced with these collection of wonderful creations and it was like being at an enthusastic school disco all over again, moshing to Rage Against the Machine's 'KILLING IN THE NAME OF' and 'break dancing' to Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls just wanna have fun'. I now have insane leg muscle in my left leg from hopping so high. I couldn't necessarilly join in on all the dancing, but watching these guys made me giggle immensely.

Anyway, here are the Australian comics that have made my adelaide so wonderful thus far....

[I am going to blog about many others tomorrow too, as there are SO many awesome people at this festival]

ADAM KNOX

His show was only on for a tragically short time at the Producers but Adam Knox is f*cking terrific and his show 'Listen Closely, We haven't much time' was one of my favourite shows. Fast paced, quick, political and feisty I sat with my jaw open during most of his show. He reminded me of a mashup of Daniel Kitson and Stewart Lee but on a caffeine high. He is a chameleon on stage. I'm angry he's left the fringe as he was the best person to dance with when I was on crutches....

ANGUS HODGE - SLOW DEATH OF THE SPIRIT ANIMAL

On from the 3rd of March until the end of the festival at the Rhino Room, Angus is a very funny comic. He was one of the first people I met when I landed in Adelaide and was so friendly. He has always made me laugh through his absolute kindness but at the same time theatrical grumpy demeanor. He's like a very very very funny and human version of Hoggle from the Labryinth. I don't care if he doesn't take this a compliment, as it most defi