Sorry its been a while since ive bothered to type anything here, mostly because Ive been remarkably boring with my life and hadnt actually been at any gigs (except maybe a project 52) since Sydney Fringe Festival. But all this changed when I returned to the Factory Theatre on Friday Night for Axis of Awesome’s 5 Year Anniversay Sow* [sic].
When I went to this gig I thought that a large proportion of the crowd would be friends, family and the current university comedians. But although each of these groups were represented there was a much larger proportion of true fans and a bunch of first timers (you can always tell the first timers as they laugh at the right moment, not at the start of the song or just before the punchline). I am very familiar with AoA’s material and have seen them live many times, to the point that I found myself going to their gigs just to hang out with the guys and the other people who frequent their gigs. But as this was the first time they’ve played in Sydney for about a year (theyve been overseas working hard) I found my self really excited to go to the gig and had more fun than I had expected, not that i hadnt expected to have fun i was just a bit surprised at how great i found it.
Michael Hing supported and warmed the crowd very well. Relying on older material whilst throwing in a couple of new bits he impressed the audience and was greeted warmly afterwards.
The Axis gig was brilliant, although there were a few missed lines and a technical difficulty. The audience was definitely enjoying themselves; laughing and bobbing along to the increasingly more dancey numbers. The rhetoric between the lads complimenting their hilarious songs lifts the room giving the audience exactly what it wants.
Highlight:New floppy man song, with a hilariously timed reprise
Lowlight: Sitting through the increasingly very long too well known more clever than funny everyones seen it on YouTube 4 chords song. No comedian is still doing the same material as 5 years ago, but i hear you say they are a band and bands repeat their hits from 5 years ago, but in these circumstances the audience is dancing and singing along not sitting politely waiting for it to end so they can applaud. Sorry rant done.