It was one of those reluctant Fridays when even the offer of five free cocktails couldn't make me excited enough to put my shoes on let along go to a comedy show.
I had to be shovelled out the door, half-dressed and not in a very funny mood. "One of those comic-line ups at The Comedy Store," my other half said, giving me my ticket. I growled.
Turns out it was more than your average comic line-ups, thanks to one very funny gal. the half-mad but delightfully tickling Canadian native Aliya Kanani.
She had one of those excellent comedy scripts which twisted and turned and landed back at where she started, hilarity aboard on the way there, of course.
It was the play on the word "punani" - which of course rhymed with Kanani - that set the scene for that murder-mystery funny-plot she seemed particularly adept at.
She got me at "Where are you from?". For centuries, ethnic comics all over the world have had a crack at tackling the oh-so-true annoyance of racism-masked-as-curiosity syndrome and Kanani joined that bandwagon with her own twist. I tried to go back to the Comedy Store at Moore Park - this time fully dressed - so I could steal her joke next time someone in Sydney asked me the same question but she had moved on.
Word on the street was she has expounded her entire thesis into a one-woman show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in mid-April.
This time she will go deep, because it's, "Where are you from, from?".