By Caleb Sweeting
After a couple of pale ales I wander into the Garden of Unearthly Delights eager to relieve my bladder. Finding the nearest toilet wasn’t hard, but the person doing their business next to me seemed to be having a hard time, wiping hastily before they missed the start of the show. I’m here to see Melbourne comic David Quirk, but to make things even more ‘shit’ for me, I forget my reviewer pass and am told without it, or a ticket a won’t be allowed in. Luckily, after some schmoozing the door guy believes me and directs me to a seat.
Keen to ‘see’ some comedy, Quirk’s show ‘Approaching Perfection’ actually starts in pure darkness, which explains why the show’s bio states “contains literal and figurative darkness.” There’s no more than 20 people in the venue; a tent fittingly called ‘The Spare Room’, and for a hump day gig, Quirk isn’t disappointed with the turn out.
As he hands out sheets of paper to everyone, a set-list of the anecdotal jokes he’s about to share with us, he talks about his 4000 ‘friends’ on Facebook and the 20 friends that liked a post for an up-coming gig he posted on social media. Then comes the funny/dark part of the story, where he brings up the anniversary of his mother’s death (not really a funny thing I know). One year he decided to post a nice photo of him and his mother on Facebook to commemorate her passing, suddenly he says he was inundated with 500 likes. He pauses for a second and says something along the lines of, “I really should have attached the link for my show to that photo...”
While this would make some cringe, it demonstrates a way to deal with death and darkness in our lives... humour really is the best medicine. After recently losing someone close to me, I know first hand how difficult it is to see the light in times of darkness – luckily there are people like David Quirk to talk about orgasms, hangovers and embarrassing anecdotes to help us lighten up. Without laughter what's the point in living?
David Quirk is performing in the 'The Spare Room' up until the 13th of March.
Tickets available here.