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Alternative comic Angus Gordon

Alternative comic Angus Gordon

| 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 – 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.

Alex Ward at The Happy Cabin. Image by Aaron Gocs.

Alex Ward at The Happy Cabin. Image by Aaron Gocs.

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 – 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.

Angus Gordon at The Happy Cabin. Image by Aaron Gocs.

Angus Gordon at The Happy Cabin. Image by Aaron Gocs.

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 – a new audience, hopefully.

CD: Any advice for aspiring comics?

Angus: Just think about what you’re saying: is there a point to this?

The details:

What: Alternative Comedy

Where: The Happy Cabin (58 Vulture St)

When: Wednesday, November 20th

How much: Gold coin

Website: Facebook