Alternative comic Angus Gordon
Ash Hauenschild | On 18, Nov 2013
Angus Gordon only began stand up 18 months ago, but has already developed a surreal, distinctive style with a surprising impact.
As well as regularly performing around the city, he runs an alternative comedy night at the Happy Cabin in West End, part of what I consider Brisbane’s underground comedy renaissance â€“ an optimistic view he doesn’t share, by the way.
Whatever alternative comedy means to you, Gordon’s performances are different, genuinely experimental and (for a certain demographic) extremely funny.
Weird, high-brow concepts are punctured just as they take flight. He reads absurd, confessional short stories from the page, shirtless and self-consciously high falutin’ in the style of John Safran or Shaun Micallef.
It’s an ambitious approach almost entirely at odds with the pub circuit.
I shot the breeze with Angus Gordon.
CD: What’s your style of stand up?
Angus: A friend of mine described it as self-hate erotica. I started off doing more jokes, but it quickly became what it is now.
It’s pretentious, but you need to have a cultural key to understand it. If you haven’t watched a tonne of comedy, you wouldn’t get that I’m trying to play with form.
CD: How was your first gig?
Angus: Terrible. Really bad. I almost physically couldn’t speak.
It’s terrifying â€“ the failure is so immediate in stand up. As soon as you say a joke and people don’t laugh, you know straight away that it didn’t work. If it doesn’t get laughs on some level, it’s a failure.
CD: What’s your take on Brisbane’s comedy scene at the moment?
Angus: It’s got low tides and high tides because we constantly bleed talent down to Melbourne and Sydney.
We just lost a bunch of people who I thought were really good after the last Melbourne International Comedy Festival. We’ve lost a few rooms as well, so there’s less opportunity and less people doing it.
CD: Why did you start the Happy Cabin comedy night?
Angus: Ultimately, I want to do stand up away from traditional pub audiences.
There are people who like creative things, but they haven’t been exposed to the kind of comedy they could like. I want to put comedy on in spaces that these people feel comfortable coming into â€“ a new audience, hopefully.
CD: Any advice for aspiring comics?
Angus: Just think about what you’re saying: is there a point to this?
What:Â Alternative Comedy
Where:Â The Happy Cabin (58 Vulture St)
When:Â Wednesday, November 20th
How much:Â Gold coin