Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
Published October 20th 2019
My first time to the Comic Lounge was not what I expected... but admittedly, I've been a little spoilt when it comes to watching live comedy. My previous experiences have been at iconic venues like The Forum on Flinders Street and the Comedy Theatre on Exhibition Street and featured well-known comedians like Tom Gleeson and Joel Creasy.
On his particular night, we only had one name confirmed - Mikey D (who I had never heard of but his YouTube video previews looked funny). We had been promised 2 hours with some of the 2019 Melbourne Comic Festival favourites and had a couple of drinks to warm up and so my expectations were high.
There was a long line out the front when we arrived at the Comics Lounge in North Melbourne. The show was due to start in less than 20 minutes, so we're surprised by how many people were still waiting to get in. But we soon realised the line was actually for a meet and greet with the comedian from the earlier show. Must have been a good show...
So off we marched - upstairs and straight into the front bar area. It had a bit of a retro cinema or theatre feel, complete with $5 Freddo frog show bag and a 90's cocktails and shots list on offer - we decided to keep it simple and ordered a beer and wine.
Entering the dimly-lit main room - I thought it had a bit of an RSL Club or old-school function venue vibe with its parquetry floor, rows of long tables and chairs, and some elevated seating along both lengths of the room. The stage at the front of the room had velvet curtains draped around it and a big screen showed today's food special - pizza!
We joined table 33 as instructed by the usher and greeting the couple sitting opposite us. Moments later a group of young guys also joined our table and we all politely said hello.
Suddenly loud rock music blared from the speakers and the stage lights started going off, and we were introduced to our MC - who was also a comedian and probably the funniest of the night.
I laughed at all the comedians - but I did find many of the jokes and content to be a little crass and immature - think fart, poo and sex jokes - stuff I used to find funny in my late teens or even early 20s.
My friend, Luke, who joined me - and who is much more experienced when it comes to watching live comedy in small venues and pubs with lesser-known and up-coming performers - assured me that this was actually quite a good show compared to many others. And the couple opposite us could barely breathe they were laughing so hard.
Dinner and a funny show - I guess it's and fun and unique way to spend or start your Saturday night. And as one of the comedians rightly pointed out, you don't even have to talk for two whole hours so it's a great date option for anyone who has the tendency to put their foot in it...
The Comics Lounge is strictly over 18's only and located at 26 Errol St North Melbourne. Tickets start from $30 - check the calendar for upcoming performances (especially if you're as picky as I am) and book your tickets online: www.thecomicslounge.com.au