It was a work trip, reviewing comedy shows, so I was out every night doing exactly that. This meant that I missed a by all accounts legendary grogblogmeet on the Friday night – if I’d been organised enough to get a phone number or two I could have at least joined in the portion of it that rocked on after midnight, but who knew it was going to be that huge? Nabs will have to get me nissed as a pewt another time – maybe next year. A miscommunication regarding addresses meant that I also couldn’t get to Lucy Tartan’s wedding, which made me sad. (I wanted especially to see the bridesmaids’ outfits in their full glory, even if I would have had to coax them out from under the house).
I went out to lunch a few times, which was a pleasant relief from the grind of writing review after review (the challenge is describing the act fairly without spoiling the jokes – you’d be amazed how many newspaper reviewers give away punchlines that are meant to be a revelation following a build).
On Sunday I met up with bloggers TimT and Another Outspoken Female for lunch, each of whom accompanied me to a show that evening – AOF (on the principle that two Devenator sightings in two days was not nearly enough) came along to see Catherine Deveny do her stand-up stuff in Mother of the Year (with Nelly Thomas and Christine Basil), while Tim met me later to catch a sketch comedy show by a talented mob calling themselves the Anarchist Guild Social Committee. That was a good night.
My final bloggerly Melbourne meet was for brunch on Tuesday with Helen from the Balcony before I caught my flight back to Sydney (having been careful not to pack my friend’s gorgeous kitty, despite her providing almost irresistible temptation).
It was great to see Helen again, and she gave me her copy of ThirdCat‘s novel to read, too! (I’ve just finished the novel I was already reading, so I start ThirdCat’s today) Here is our message of fierce disappointment that ThirdCat didn’t come to the Melbourne Comedy Festival (with reinforcement from a spooky Tim Minchin on his canvas bag).