The MC for the night was a tall fellow, who's name I didn't catch, and amongst the local jokes - if you wanna smoke, go out that door, turn left, walk 20km, then you can smoke, you'll be in Logan, and nobody cares there - he also had a short (pardon the pun) routine about people asking him about his 6ft 5in height - You don't go up to fat people and say "How fat are you? What'dya weight?"
Jacob Lingard was the first comedian in the line-up, a young fellow of 21 years, who joked about daytime visits to a strip joint, fat jokes (he's personally lost 40kg), and how he can't trust women. Engaging well with the audience, he warmed up the crowd well. We were then entertained by Sam Bowden. Another young bloke of 19 years, there was another joke around a strip joint, as well as jokes about relationships. Another all-round good comedian.
Next up was Damien Power. Damien has been in comedy for quite some time, and amongst his jokes there was something about footballers, and the concept that he's so blokey that he's almost gay, comparing sexuality with the circle of politics, where one step further than really straight, must be really gay. That had me in stitches, wiping tears from my eyes.
The headline act for the night was Mike Van Acker, who gave so much, the front row could see the sweat pour off him. Having performed internationally, laughs range from renovations and renovating shows - If I hosted one, you would see me sitting on the couch, telling you to pay someone else to do the work, with other blokes carrying heavy stuff past me - to being in a co-habiting relationship.
Livewired does warn the audience that it is open to all ages but is recommended for people aged 15 years and older, as some concepts and language may offend. I recommend arriving early (by 6pm) to ensure you get a choice of seating, and enjoy a glass or two of wine from Bar Alto.