Recently a new standup comedy room opened up in Adelaide, the city of religious people housing structures. This is a little bloggy write up of why this happened, what it hopes to be and where it may be heading. Obviously the over all continuous blogging will cover these topics and cause you to all be happy that you have somewhere to go and be entertained on a Monday night. The original idea for the blog was to cover all gigs from its inception of Rear Admiral Comedy, but guess what? It didn’t happen, life happened man. Not really I just forgot and only now have pulled the proverbial finger out to get it cracking. It is my hope that you get some insight into what Rear Admiral Comedy is all about.
It all started on a cold, wind swept night in July. This first sentence of paragraph two is already an over exaggeration and evidently a sure sign that I am and will remain an easily distracted person. It actually all began when a friend of mine, Tara Wright queried me as to whether or not I thought standup comedy would work at the Governor Hindmarsh (or the Gov to those who frequent this fair city). Tara at the time was the publicist at the Gov and knew I was a man of action and great humour. I was also the only person she knew that came close to a standup comic and was too lazy to ask anyone else. After this initial question was answered with a resounding, “fuck yes, the Gov is the perfect place for comedy”. The conversation moved on to asking if I was willing to try an organise something, this also happened, but you will learn more about this later. Having not done comedy for very long and definitely having not done much successful comedy full stop I thought it wise to enlist the far more capable assistance of my partner, Julia Clarke. We thus set out on a discovery of trial and tribulation, arranging, controlling and much mirthing what is now Rear Admiral Comedy.
At the heart of it, RAC is a chance for comedy in Adelaide to expand and diversify into the North West side of Adelaide. It is focused on stage time for established and non established comics and to bring standup comedy to folks that may not commonly travel into the CBD to watch comedy. An exploration by two novice comics who believe Adelaide requires multiple venues for comedy to expand and grow within a city that often believes safe is more often then not, the best. This isn’t to say RAC is breaking new ground but it is there to accommodate people who are looking for something to do and somewhere to go on a Monday night. That and we offer sensational $10 schnitzels and an open fire place. An open fire place people! The little things in life that make it all worth living. Some may think that opening a new comedy room would canabalise an already temperamental comedy scene but we believe a new room will only broaden it and allow greater opportunities for all involved. People know Fringe time is a mecca for comedy in Adelaide, many believe this stops in the Winter months (some believe Summer is included in this equation). But sometimes people just need somewhere to go and something to do. I have lost count of the times I have heard friends and enemies alike comment on the lack of things to do in Adelaide during the week. These foolish people most of the time just don’t know there is something on. Well now there is.
Rather then prattle on though I will leave you with the idea that more often then not positive thinking leads to positive actions, those positive actions can lead to great things. Obviously ‘great’ is subjective and relies on those ambitions of the individual but we can all do with some life affirming action sometimes.