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Last night I went out for dinner with my beautiful boys and after a fantastic bit of Indonesian food we thought we'd go get some baklava. We went to a place called International Cakes and the food sucked so bad. Also when we got in there, the first thing the guy behind the counter said to us was, "Don't get too comfortable.", which we laughed about…
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In the last few weeks something has shifted for me about the way I think about Melbourne and my future here. I don't think there's any way for me to have the career I want as a comedian in this country, so I'm doing the only sensible thing, next year I'm going to apply the visa that I was supposed to apply for last year, and I'm moving to London. I…
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Four weeks until I am off to the Edinburgh Fringe and freed from this PRISON!! Nah only joking. I mean I am working a lot and it is tiring, but also it's fine and I'm having a nice time. Lots of ideas, lots of thoughts, I mean at this stage I'm not really a comedian with a podcast, I'm a bus driver with a podcast. Honestly, isn't that so much more …
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Five weeks until I'm off to Edinburgh for the Fringe! It's not long at all, and as much as it feels like I'm just repeating myself every week about how I'm working and I'm making progress and blah blah, it struck me last week while talking to a friend that it is actually true. In October I said that the next year or so would be mostly hard work and…
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The idea of music being a literal language for communicating in the same way that English or French is can feel kind of trite, but I genuinely believe that it's true. Not in a metaphorical sense, but in a very literal and true way, music is a different way of communicating shit that we feel to each other. It's completely unique among all other lang…
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I've done so much stuff this week! And I feel like I've been pretty relaxed about it as well. I copped a pretty big reminder a few weeks ago to just slow it right down, and I'm trying to listen. I mean I say that, but then here I am putting the podcast up at a quarter to midnight on Tuesday again ahahaha.…
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I've been working all week and it's actually been great! Still happy! Still loving working on the show. Going to Cairns on Friday which I am trying to tell myself will be really nice even though I somehow resent the fact that I'm going to be away from work ahahaha I really struggle to take time to relax and do nothing. Right now, I need to go to be…
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Man, driving across Australia with your friends is so nice. I'm learning about Ned Kelly, former Prime Ministers, doing great shows and meeting lovely people. I also can't wait to get home to Melbourne though, and I promise both you, and myself, that apart from a 4-day trip to Cairns I have planned, I won't do any more travelling until the end of J…
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Last night I saw one of the best, if not the best show I've ever seen. I couldn't speak afterwards, and I had to leave quickly to go and be alone with my feelings. The next three months I'm going to be working on the branding for the new show, as well as researching as much as I can about Chopin so that by the time I get to Edinburgh I'm prepared t…
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I gave myself food poisoning last night. God that is a humbling thing to say. It's fair to say - and I say this with full appreciation of the irony of the word I'm about to use to describe the situation - that I well and truly cooked it last week. I only just now feel like I'm back in my own body. Sorry for the last pod this week! Stay safe xx…
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I had the most inspiring and inspired weekend!! I went to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Festival on Saturday afternoon, partied Saturday night with friends, went on tour as a trainee on Sunday with a new analogue camera and took some photos and learnt the beginnings of a new skill, and then had a wonderful, relaxing night in my hote…
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After my piano lesson this evening I took myself for a lovely dinner on Lygon St and wrote a bit of stand up. I told the stories here - stories about the woman who Chopin dedicated his first set of Nocturnes to, and her various sexual/romantic adventures. A young man spending a week in a horse-drawn cart with a dress and two loaded guns, and anothe…
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I got hit in the face by a bed frame at work today and it HURT!! I wanted to cry, but I didn't cry. Isn't it funny how girls cry when they get hurt? I've never thought about it before, but guys don't do we? We just get angry. I talked a bit about this on the podcast today, and about how I just gave a lecture on stand up comedy at Melbourne Universi…
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Dude, I swear every time I go to the Gold Coast I come back way darker! I legit remember it happened the first time I ever went there in 2013, there's a picture of me somewhere at the end of that trip in a nightclub or something, and I'm super dark. I remember being really proud of it at the time, I thought I looked so cool. And you know what? I wa…
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Honestly, I was way too excited to record the podcast this week. I actually had something to talk about - the incredible book 'Good Material' by Dolly Alderton which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED!! I was sure I was going to be able to talk coherently about it for ages, and then when I turned the mic on I started rambling, and I'm not sure how well I spoke abo…
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I did two gigs tonight, the first was bad in a very bad and frustrating way, and then the second was bad, but in a much more satisfying and productive way. Both of them were bad though, because it was hot today, and I spent the whole day distractedly trying to sell tickets to my show in Brisbane next week, which are of course being very stubborn in…
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It was my birthday yesterday! I had a lovely day driving the bus down the Great Ocean Road, even had a lovely stranger gift me some sunglasses! It's a much funnier story than that actually, but you'll have to listen to the podcast to hear it, because that's what this is, it's a teaser! It's supposed to tease you, so that you listen to the podcast. …
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I've been re-reading Stewart Lee's 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian' this week and absolutely loving it. I read it ten years ago when I first started stand-up, and reading it again with fresh eyes gives me a new appreciation for where he was at in his life and the artistic choices he made. Stewart Lee rules…
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I've had a wonderful few days over the weekend relaxing, playing piano, seeing friends and even doing a bit of stand up (if you can believe it!) but as I stand now on the precipice of 5 long days of work, I feel as insecure as ever. When does it end? But I guess without these moments to propel us forwards, life would be one never-ending moment of e…
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So Grumpy! Surly even... I just had a not ideal gig on my friend's show in Sydney, I was distracted because I thought my piano was broken. It's not... anyway who cares, on Sunday I went to a swap meet and found a cassette of stand up comedy from a comedian based in Geelong that was released in 1983!! Incredible stuff. I bet you can't guess what kin…
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Today while driving the tour bus I put on 'Love Yourself' by Justin Bieber and it really perked me up! I remember Hunter S Thompson describing music not as this sacred thing people always insist that it is, but simply as 'fuel', and today when that song got me through a tired patch, I really understood what he meant. I think I finally get it!…
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I woke up at 5:30am on Christmas Eve and drove down to Torquay to go for a surf on the new board my friend gave me. I didn't stand up once, but that's not the important bit. Then I went for a walk up Hanging Rock before heading to Bendigo where I spent Christmas with my cousin and his family. On Friday night some dork after the show at Republic cam…
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I'm at my Mum's place in Adelaide after travelling from Melbourne to Perth to Adelaide to Cairns and back to Adelaide since Friday. I'm tired, but I escaped the hurricane, and by the slimmest of mercies, will not have to learn the rules to Monopoly Deal while stuck in Far North Queensland with no power this week. Big result for me, actually.…
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I found a t-shirt at an op shop near my place yesterday with 'Keltic Falcon Rope Access Experts' on the back, and a sick logo on the front. Aside from dealing with difficult moments in friendship and romance, and slowly figuring out the opening 12-15 minutes of my new show, the podcast this week is mainly about the shirt. Big up the Keltic Falcon!!…
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Yesterday I spent a couple hours of my afternoon at the piano figuring out some jazz harmonies for the melody to 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and it was probably the happiest I've felt all week. Although actually, I was pretty happy when I ate the sandwich I had for lunch on Saturday. And then also actually same goes for the sandwich on Sunday, an…
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Headspace Andy used to say that when you notice a thought the way to acknowledge it was like placing a feather on the surface of a bubble - what a fuckwit. Something's got me in a bad mood apparently, or maybe I'm just a little stressed? Who knows, I'm feeling pretty good to be honest. Started taking my keyboard to gigs this week, had a very passiv…
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I'm reading a book called '4000 Weeks', about how we are all in denial about the fact that we are going to die. Once we accept that fact, and the subsequent fact that we will never be able to fit even a fraction of the things we want to do into our painfully brief lives, then we can finally get down to the business of making decisions about exactly…
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What's that, you reckon there's no way I could possibly still be talking about this story? Wrong. I've been telling it all week on stage, I think I'm going to make it the end of my new show, and I also have a plan to contact the guy it happened to and talk to him about it. I spoke about that, and a bunch of other irrelevant bullshit on the pod toda…
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I'm really enjoying taking things slowly. I'm planning to start a monthly show somewhere in Melbourne, and my dream spot would be Panenka cafe in Abbotsford, but rather than pitch them a show in a few weeks or a month and rush into the thing, I'm going to pitch them something in January. I'm going to give myself heaps of time to get promotional stu…
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If you've been listening the last few weeks, you'll have noticed that I've been obsessed with this story that was told to me a few weeks ago about a wheelchair. As I spoke about it on the pod, I realised that I've never really had a conversation with someone who is in a wheelchair about what that's like, so I thought I'd get my friend and great com…
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I did a great interview on Sunday with Oliver Hunter, a great comic and friend - that will be out as a bonus episode probably tomorrow. I am still talking about this story with the guy in the wheelchair, and I've been thinking about how stories generally end up getting repeated. There are some stories - the kind of urban legend type - that just spe…
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I've been listening to this podcast about Bach where this guy who is obsessed with Bach breaks down his music and tries, in a very obsessive way, to help people understand the genius of the music. It's really cool, so I've been thinking I might take mushrooms and listen to a bunch of it one night while I sit in my room and do my jigsaw. Sounds pret…
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Someone told me a story the other day that was both hilarious and very sad. I dunno, there's a lot to say about it, and I feel like I only said some of it on here. I went to a phenomenal house party on Saturday night, told some people the story and then got stuck in a long conversation about morality. Anyway, the party was sick, and so was having f…
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I'm really happy at the moment. I've managed to strip my life back to just the essentials of working to earn money, and doing comedy to find fulfilment. The rest of my time is for whatever I want, and I'm filling it with some great stuff. I went to the NGV on Friday, bought a jigsaw puzzle of my favourite artwork from the exhibition, then on Saturd…
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For the last 3-4 years I've had a list on my wall of long-term goals in my life. This week after cleaning my room, I took it down, and went through it on the podcast to reassess which things I want to keep and which things I want to alter. I also spoke about ways to deal with the fact that I yawn a lot on the podcast and how to handle that issue wi…
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I'm home! I landed in Melbourne on Saturday morning, and in the last few days I've done a few gigs, had my first piano lesson in 15 years, and started back at my old removals job. I'm also back on the dating apps, and the other day I saw something on a profile that perfectly captured the hopelessness of dating. It's hilarious, its awful, and I abso…
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Four years after first meeting my biological father, and with a lot of therapy and reflection behind me, I'm back with him in Vienna. I felt like I had some things to say to him, so this week I put them down on paper, and with the help of some friends, translated them into Spanish, then this morning I sat him down and said them to him. Also on Sund…
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I recorded this episode of the podcast in Glasgow Airport while waiting for my flight to Paris. The Fringe is over for another year, and after taking mushrooms on the last night I feel clarity about what I want to do. I'm going to spend the next two years putting everything I have into a show that combines classical piano and stand up comedy, then …
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I think I've found an ending to my new show! The show as a whole is coming along really well, and I'm super excited about it. The Fringe is exhausting and sublime as always, and I'm enjoying the last week despite how depleted I feel all the time. Less than three weeks and I'll be back home in Melbourne, and I'm ready for it.…
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Today is (or at least, the 15th was) my 12-year comedy anniversary! Last year I forgot to celebrate it on the pod, but this year I remembered! And in doing so, I forgot the fact that this was the 300th episode of Sitting Under A Tree!! Isn't that mental ahahaha... I've been doing this podcast for 300 episodes, and almost six years! Thanks to all of…
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