My Stand-Up Comedy Gig Reflection Journal 2018/19/20
#84 Thursday 16th July 2020 (BBQ Bazaar, Burleigh Heads) – This gig was a massive success! I was the second last act to perform, all my new jokes got a very positive reaction and the crowd was hanging on every word I said. Despite being very dark my new joke about my best friend’s mum dying was received very favourably and the crowd laughed hard. My Ted Bundy joke got a fantastic response. I also performed a new joke that I wrote the day before this show and it got a very positive reaction. There was about 70 people in the crowd and I was very happy that the stage was big. I love it when I have room to move around and dance during my performances. I had about 10 people approach me after the show telling me how much they loved my performance. Comedian Brian Freeman told me I am one of only four young Brisbane comics who in his opinion has the potential to become famous comedians in the future. #FuckTheHatersLetsGetFamous
#83 Friday 26th June 2020 (Waterloo Bay Hotel, Wynnum) – My first Post-COVID gig was a MASSIVE SUCCESS. I went to the venue with zero expectations and I didn’t expect a large crowd due to Covid restrictions. I was the second last act to perform and there was 20 people in the crowd. I did 8 new jokes and the crowd loved them. I had a heckler at the start (this crowd member had been heckling the other acts) and I shut him down by saying to him “I wouldn’t heckle me if I were you because in a few years’ time when I’m a famous comedian all the haters will be begging to suck my dick the same way that everyone was begging ScoMo to give them money when they lost their jobs during social distancing”. The crowd laughed hard and the heckler shut up and enjoyed my performance. Despite being very edgy my Black Lives Matter joke got a VERY POSITIVE reaction and the crowd clapped for 10 seconds after I did this joke! My new joke about having girls that are already in relationships try to flirt with me got a fantastic response. I love it when audience members tell me I’m their favourite act on the line-up. For the second time this year I had an audience member tell me that they think my comedy is better than the MAJORITY of the comedy on Netflix! FUCK YES!
#82 Sunday 15th March 2020 (The Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington) – The best performance of my comedy career. I successfully qualified for the Queensland State Grand Final of Raw Comedy (and got the most laughs out of all the contestants). I got to the venue two hours before the show so I could mentally prepare myself. I told myself not to have any expectations about tonight’s show and to just go out and enjoy myself. I also told myself to avoid comparing tonight’s performance to any of my other performances. I opened the second half. The moment I got on stage I did one of my signature dance move spins. My joke about my best friend Matt got the loudest laugh it’s ever received. My joke about autism and vaccinations got the loudest laugh it’s ever received. I paused and said to the crowd “I FUCKING LOVE YOU SO MUCH”. My joke about how “being autistic allows me to have a great memory” got the loudest laugh it’s ever received. I’m on a role WTF This is too good to be true. I do my brand-new joke about how I used to masturbate over Selena Gomez when I was a teenager (a joke I didn’t do in my first round of RAW) and it receives a very very positive response. I then do one of my signature spins on stage to celebrate and blow kisses at the crowd. I close with my joke about not drinking alcohol for four years and having ADHD. I finish with another one of my spin dance moves. I say to the crowd “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH”. I leave the stage on a euphoric high. My friend Georgina Humphries texted me after the show and said “I have never seen a comic exude so much energy on stage, the crowd couldn’t help but smile the whole time you were on stage”. THIS IS THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF MY COMEDY CAREER TO DATE!
#81 Friday 13th March 2020 (Waterloo Bay Hotel, Wynnum) – I MC’d this show and despite there being only a small crowd I still had a lot of fun. I maintained my high energy for the entire duration of the show. I started the show by doing my autism material and then I said to the crowd “the coronavirus is probably preventing people from coming out tonight. I took five Horny Goat Weed tablets this afternoon and now I’ve got a corona-boner”. Whenever I MC if there is an act performing who I have previously seen perform I always give them a compliment before they come on stage. I tested new material about how I got sexually harassed by a female colleague at work last year and it got a positive response. My joke about QUT Students also got a very positive response and my edgy new joke about George Pell got a great reaction too.
#80 Sunday 8th March 2020 (The Stones Corner Hotel) – I have performed at this venue several times and this was probably my best performance at this venue. The crowd was laughing hard at every word I said. My presence felt stronger than usual (I usually feel extra amazing when I perform two days in a row). I got the loudest laughs out everyone who performed at this gig. The girlfriend of comedian Mitch McCutcheon approached me after my set and told me that she thought I was hilarious and said that “she’s my biggest fan”! I spoke to her and Mitch outside for 30 minutes. During our conversation I wrote three new jokes. I love sharing my ideas with other comedians after crushing on stage.
#79 Saturday 7th March 2020 (The Sync Room @ The Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington) – I did a 15-minute performance at “The Sit Down Fringe Festival” for my show “Reluctant Carer”. My performance and my show were a massive success. The show also featured performances from local comedians Doony, Brian Freeman and Richie Goodacre. We filled the entire room with audience members (including family and friends). I LOVE the euphoric energy that comes with performing for a large crowd. Linda who works for Sit Down Comedy Club was super impressed with the concept of the show and everyone’s performances that she decided to text Fedele Crisci (Owner of the Sit Down Comedy Club) to tell him that next year my show needs to be in a bigger venue. I’m so HAPPY!
#78 Tuesday 3rd March 2020 (The Royal In The Lounge, Nundah) – I loved how this venue didn’t have a stage to stand on. I loved having more freedom to move around more in comparison to most other venues I’ve performed at. The crowd laughed at all of my punchlines so I was happy. One of the bartenders Sarah who works at this venue spoke to me after the show for 45 minutes. Sarah told me that she was inspired by performance because she has a brother who has Asperger’s and ADHD. My favourite part about performing is making other people feel happy and empowered. I’m so happy I was able to inspire Sarah that night.
#77 Sunday 1st March 2020 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – This was the best performance I’ve ever done at this venue (I’ve performed at this venue several times). The crowd was hanging on every word I said. My joke about autism/vaccines and my joke about masturbating over Selena Gomez when I was a teenager both got the loudest responses they’ve ever received. There was an audience member sitting in the second row who was laughing the loudest out of everyone in the room so I acknowledged her and told her that “I loved her reactions”. I tested a new joke about how I got sexually harassed at work last year. This joke got a decent reaction for the first time. I closed with my best joke (my Ian Thorpe joke) and it got the loudest response it’s ever received. I spoke to musical comedian Katie Wheatley (Kate Kardashian-West) after the gig. Katie told me that she’s relieved that I’m not in the same semi-final as her for the Raw Comedy Competition because she thinks I’ve got the potential to win the competition. I love getting complimented by other comedians (especially when the comedian who compliments me is one of my favourites). I’m so HAPPY!
#76 Friday 28th February 2020 (All Inn Brewing, Banyo) – My first gig in 16 days was a massive success! I was the first act to perform and the crowd was laughing hard at every word I said. My high energy did a fantastic job at getting the crowd involved the moment I got on stage. An audience member told me that “my comedy is better than 50% of the comedy on Netflix”. This compliment put a massive smile on my face!
#75 Wednesday 12th February 2020 (Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington) – This performance was a huge success! I successfully qualified for the Queensland state semi-finals of Raw Comedy 2020 (Australia’s biggest national open-mic comedy competition). This was the second year in a row that I qualified for the semis. After my performance the MC Lindsay Webb said to the crowd “BJ is the James Bond of Autism… 00Spectrum”. Two of the judges spoke to me after the show and told me that “I’m very marketable and that they can see me on TV in a few years’ time performing at the Gala of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival”. The judges told me that they felt very lucky to have been given an opportunity to see me perform before I get really big! I’m SO HAPPY! My friend Georgina Humphries came to support me. After the show I texted my super talented friend and comedy mentor Anne Ferguson-Howe. Anne told me that “my success is well deserved and I am going to go very far with my comedy career”.
#74 Friday 7th February 2020 (Waterloo Bay Hotel, Wynnum) – There was a very small crowd at this gig about 5 audience members. I was the first act to perform on the line-up. The curator told me that he strategically put me on first because my high energy gets the crowd involved the minute I walk on stage and open my mouth. I made a new joke about the #MeToo Movement and how I look a lot like “a young Woody Allen” which got a very positive response. My other new joke about how “I used to masturbate over Selena Gomez when I was a teenager” once again got a brilliant reaction.
#73 Wednesday 5th February 2020 (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – This performance was a massive success! I did a brand new joke for the first time about how I used to masturbate over Selena Gomez when I was a teenager. I was very surprised at how popular it was. I started fist pumping and saying to crowd “I’m so happy that joke worked”. This was the final show of comedy at this venue so I decided to do some of my most inappropriate jokes. I started telling a joke about “How I would Make ISIS Great Again” and how I would use social media to promote their ideology if I was a terrorist. Halfway through my ISIS joke I noticed that 3 of the bar staff were looking at me and I started to freak out and I said to the crowd “I’m going to be a pussy and pull out this joke it’s a bit intense”. The crowd was enjoying it but I didn’t want to upset the management of the venue. I had a group of Danish backpackers come and talk to me after the show and tell me that I was there favourite performer of the night!
#72 Monday 27th January 2020 (The Newmarket Hotel) – I usually love performing at Newmarket because there is often a crowd of about 80 people. Unfortunately, due to the Australia Day Public Holiday there was only 25 people in the crowd at this gig. The crowd wasn’t laughing much at the comedians who were on stage before me (expect for Brian Freeman). I came on and opened the second half I got lots of laughs but I wasn’t enjoying myself as much as I usually do. I wanted a bigger crowd particularly since I had 8 of my friends in the crowd. However, on a positive note a successful a YouTuber named Josh Strider who has over 100 million views online was in the crowd. Josh is the ex-boyfriend of comedian Steph Tisdell. Josh approached me after the show and told me that he enjoyed my performance and that he also has Asperger’s. He especially loved my joke about autism and vaccinations. Another audience member approached me when I got off stage and told me I was her favourite performer of the night.
#71 Thursday 23rd January 2020 (Blutes Bar – Fortitude Valley) – One of my best performances and the most fun I’ve had on stage. My friend Madi came to support me. Talking to her before I went on stage put me in a very positive mood. The crowd was laughing hard and hanging on every word I said. Ryan Sim the shows organiser spoke to me after the show and told me that he loved my performance. He also encouraged me to film more of my performances as I do a lot of physical comedy. I was very happy that the crowd was laughing at lines where I didn’t expect them to laugh.
#70 Wednesday 22nd January 2020 (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – This gig was a lot of fun despite there only being a small audience. I was the fourth act to perform and I did 10 minutes and included new jokes about how the last 4 girls I’ve had crushes on their mums have wanted to adopt me and how I’m good at grooming other people’s parents. A married couple spoke to me after the show and told me that I was there favourite performer of the night.
#69 Thursday 16th January 2020 (The Manly Hotel) – I was a little nervous going on stage as it was only my second gig in the space of a month. I closed the first half and got to do 7 minutes (everyone else on the line-up did 5 minutes). There was only a crowd of 15 people but I still heard the crowd laugh when I anticipated there to be laughs. After my perform Ross the sound technician gave me a hug and said to me “it’s in your blood to do comedy”. Terry Hansen the MC (Host of the 97.3 Breakfast show) told me he loved my performance! My new joke about girls with daddy issues got a fantastic response.
#68 Friday 10th January 2020 (Waterloo Bay Hotel, Wynnum) – I was the headliner for this gig. I did a 10 minute performance. There was only a crowd of 15 to 20 people but I enjoyed the intimacy of this show. I made a new joke about how I’m friends with a lot of girls who have daddy issues; whilst telling this joke a girl in the front row yelled out “I have daddy issues” I invited this girl on stage. I asked her what her name was and she told me her name was Dana and I said to her “Dana, sweet like a Danish”. She giggled and I gave her a hug.
#67 Monday 16th December 2019 (The Newmarket Hotel) – One of my best performances and the most euphoric I have ever felt on stage! I was second to perform in the second half. The crowd laughed hard at every word I said. My best friend Matt came to watch me perform he was very very impressed. I had two glasses of raspberry syrup before I went on stage to ensure that I was extra hyper! In the middle of set I remember saying to the crowd “this is too good! I’m having so much fun”. The MC Jarred Fell told me that “he loves me” three times. My comedy friend Jo Gowda also crushed. Towards the end of the show Jarred spoke to me and Jo and told us that he loved us both and he was very impressed with our performances as he had never seen either of us perform before.
#66 Wednesday 11th December 2019 (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – I was the MC for this weekly comedy show. I started with 10 minutes of material and I asked a girl in front row what her name is; her name was Chelsea. I told Chelsea that in 2017 I had a crush on girl who went to university with me called Chelsea and I would always call her “Cheerful Chelsea”. The first half was fun but the second half was more enjoyable. My close friends Jess and Spencer came to watch me. This girl who performed in the second half named Lydia made a joke about Jews having big noses. After her set I got back on stage and said to the crowd “Jess is a Jew. She has a small nose and a big ass”. The audience laughed very hard. Jess told me to say this to the crowd and I’m so happy it worked! I gave every act a compliment before they went on stage. As an MC I think it’s super important to make sure the acts are in a positive space of mind when they are getting on stage.
#65 Friday 6th December 2019 (Switch Espresso Bar, Nambour) – This gig on the Sunshine Coast was a massive success. I performed for a crowd of 60 people and I had the audience laughing hard at every word I said. It felt too good to be true. I had never heard a crowd laugh so loud before since I started comedy. I did 7 minutes of material and it worked out perfectly. Two audience members spoke to me after the show and said that they had seen me perform at Maroochydore and when they saw my name on the lineup for the Nambour gig they told me that they had no choice but to come watch me perform again! This was a massive compliment and it made me feel so so HAPPY! I caught the train with my comedy friend Georgina Humphries talking to her definitely got me mentally prepared to do one of my best ever performances. Yay!
#64 Thursday 5th December 2019 (Waterloo Hotel, Fortitude Valley) – This venue is The Sit Down Comedy Club’s newest open-mic room. There was a very small audience at this gig however I still heard the crowd laughing hard at all of my punchlines. I was the 5th act to perform and the 4 acts who were on before me struggled to engage the crowd. Buck the sound technician told me that my new joke about ADHD was hilarious. One of my closest friends Jessica Sharrock came to support me. Once again she loved my performance! Yay!
#63 Saturday 30th November 2019 (Lismore City Bowls Club, Lismore) – My first gig outside of Queensland and my third time MCing a comedy show. The crowd was one of the loudest crowds I’ve ever performed for. I’m so happy they loved me and I’m even happier that I got to do a show with Australian comedy legend “Steady Eddy”. The show organiser Vanessa Larry Mitchell told me that she couldn’t be happier with how the show went and she told me that my energy is perfect for an MC. She said that she loves how I ooze so much positivity on stage! Steady Eddy was surprised when he found out I’d only been doing comedy for 12 months. I did 10 minutes of material at the start of the show. This was followed by 3 warmup acts and I than did another 10 minutes of material before bringing the headliner Steady Eddy onto the stage! I had so much FUN!
#62 Thursday 28th November 2019 (Solbar, Maroochydore) – This gig was a comedy debate and my first time performing on the Sunshine Coast. I was on the affirmative team and my team won. I performed for 7 minutes. The topic was “Music is Better Than Sex”. I made a lot of references to being asexual and I said that “I refuse to have sex until I meet a girl whose face is as pretty as Beyoncé’s voice”. I was also talking about how my friend Jess (My BFF) took me to a strip club and I had zero interest in looking at the strippers and I just wanted to dance to Katy Perry. I also joked about how “I have never had sex that was so good to the point where it made me cry however when I found out my favorite singers Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson died I cried for hours”. I loved this opportunity to do a comedy debate as it allowed me to challenge myself and write brand new improvised material. Show organiser Anna Brennan was very happy with my performance and The MC Jasmine Fairbairn told me that my performance was “really really good”. I was very happy because all the jokes I performed had been written 24 hours before this performance and I still crushed! SO HAPPY!
#61 Sunday 24th November 2019 (The Stones Corner Hotel) – I was the second act to perform and I did an excellent job at warming up the crowd. I did 5 minutes of my best material and all of my jokes landed. Nothing fell flat. I was very happy! As I walked off stage I had 5 audience member pat me on the back and tell me they loved my performance as I walked past them. The comedian who came on stage after my performance started his set by saying to the crowd “Fuck I loved BJ’s performance! BJ would make the best wingman”. It was very funny I felt absolutely flattered!
#60 Wednesday 20th November 2019 (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – The happiest I’ve felt on the stage! One of the best performances I’ve ever done! I opened the second half with a 10 minute performance and had the audience laughing extremely hard at everything that came out of my mouth. The entire room was hanging on every word I said. I have finally found a better way to segue into talking about my asexuality. I also did a new joke about comparing my asexuality to Harry Potter characters which got a very very positive reaction. I added new lines to my jokes about how when a girl becomes friends with me the number of sexual encounters she has with guys drops dramatically. Jessica Sharrock one of my closest friends and my favourite person in comedy came to watch my performance. She told me that seeing me crush on stage made her “beam with pride”. She told me that she was very proud of me and that she usually keeps a straight face when she watches comedy but because I was so funny she couldn’t help but laugh very hard during my performance. The MC Shayne Hunter also told me that he was very impressed with my performance. I’M SO EUPHORICALLY HAPPY! ❤
#59 Monday 18th November 2019 (The Newmarket Hotel) – This gig was a massive success! My friend Spencer told me that this performance was one of the best I’ve ever done (and he’s seen me perform at least a dozen times). After the show Ross the sound technician told me that my performance was “fucking amazing” and that I’m “a natural”. I was making jokes about my asexuality, the benefits of not finding anyone sexually attractive and how I haven’t had a wank for two years. The MC Lindsay Webb said to the crowd after my performance “BJ should go home tonight and have a wank and celebrate. He needs to break his two year drought because that was very very impressive”. I closed the first half of the show and did a 7 minute performance. The best part about my set was I wrote a new line in the spur of the moment when I was on stage. It just randomly came out of my mouth and it got the loudest laugh out of all my material. I had 6 audience members come talk to me after the show and tell me they loved my set. This one girl told me that she was “in stiches laughing hard at everything I said”. This other girl said to me that “I have magical stage persona and every performer could learn a lot from my stage presence”. I’M SO HAPPY! ❤
#58 Wednesday 13th November 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – I was the support act for my super talented friend Sarah Kate Young who was professionally recording her 60 minute show. I did 7 minutes of my best material to warm up the crowd. The crowd laughed hard at every word I said. I was very happy that I had succeeded in preparing Sarah to take to the stage in front of a warm and vocal crowd. My sister Darcy and her friend Rachael came to watch. I had a 6 audience members talk to me after the show and tell me they loved my performance!
#57 Sunday 10th November 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – My newest joke about how due to my asexuality when a girl becomes friends with me the number of sexual encounters she has with men drops significantly got a surprisingly positive response and the crowd laughed at lines where I didn’t expect them to laugh. Musical comedian Katie Wheatley was laughing hard at my jokes and she told me after my set that I did a fantastic job. My friend Charlotte was in the front row and I mentioned her name about 4 times throughout my set. I made a new joke about a crazy sober experience I had in a bar when I was hanging out with one of my best friends Jessica Sharrock. I was happy this new joke got a positive reception as I had never performed it before. I gave Jess a shout out because she was also in the crowd watching. I performed this set with a massive headache but the crowd still had a lot of fun!
#56 Sunday 3rd November 2019 (Good Chat Comedy Club @ Fritzenberger, Petrie Terrace) -I loved performing to a crowd of 100 people. I was the first act to perform in the second half after the interval. Before I came on stage the MC Shad Wicka said to the crowd “I have seen BJ perform before he is one of my all-time favourite comedians”. This compliment put the biggest smile on my face! This gig was a competition. One of the male judges told me after the show that he had voted for me. He said to me “BJ I trying his best to help you win”. However I knew it would difficult for me to win because one of the female judges is a left-wing feminist. She definitely wouldn’t have voted for me as she has previously told me to my face that some of my jokes are too inappropriate and has previously listed jokes that I should remove from my set (even though the large majority of people find these jokes funny). Despite being nervous about the fact that this lady was a judge the crowd laughed very hard at my jokes. Before I went on stage one of the audience members told me “don’t worry about the criticism this lady gives you regarding your material because everyone else loves you BJ. That lady is a part of only a very small number of people who find some of your jokes offensive”.
#55 Saturday 2nd November 2019 (The Wickham, Fortitude Valley) – This 10 minute performance at a Gay nightclub was one of the best gigs I’ve ever done! I was the 6th act to perform. The 5 comedians who came on before me were struggling to get the crowd excited. I came on and had the crowd laughing hard at everything that came out of my mouth. My friend Spencer was watching and I did 6 new jokes he had never heard before. He told me that my new jokes are amongst some of my best material. Comedians Ting Lim, Chris Martin and Andrew Dawson congratulated me and told me that I did an amazing performance. I crushed a dead room and got more laughs than everyone else who performed at this gig! Getting more laughs than Ting and Andrew is a massive achievement for me. I was EUPHORICALLY HAPPY ❤
#54 Sunday 27th October 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – One of the best performances I’ve ever done and definitely my best performance in the last 6 weeks. I was so happy that 4 of my new jokes worked. I have restructured my set in a way which enables me to talk in more depth about being asexual. I felt very raw and vulnerable on stage and I think it was beautiful how I made fun of something intimate and deeply personal. My joke about getting bullied in school also got a very positive response. Even though there was only 20 people in the crowd the laughter in the room was extremely loud and it felt as if there was 40 people in the crowd. At the end of the show Sunshine Coast comedian Anna Brennan asked me to do a gig in Nambour in the first week of December. It’s a great feeling to get offered to do a gig when a room-runner sees you do a spectacular performance! I’m so HAPPY!
#53 Thursday 24th October 2019 (The Grand On Stanley, Woolloongabba) – This gig was a big success! I was the first act to perform and I brought lots of high positive energy into the room. My joke about getting bullied in school got a very positive reaction and even though it’s very offensive an audience member told me that my joke has a huge element of truth in it. After the show MC Jack Marsho gave me a massive compliment and told me that he think it’s impossible for me to bomb a gig! That made me very HAPPY!
#52 Wednesday 23rd October 2019 (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – This show was a lot of fun! Before my set MC Marcus Thorpe told the crowd that he was very excited to see me perform. My new jokes about being asexual and the funniest things girls have said to me when they try to flirt with me got a very positive response.The room-runner Finbar invited his mum to attend and she complimented me a few times during my performance and said that she was loving my jokes. My new joke about autism and getting bullied at school made the crowd laugh even though I was hesitant to do it because it’s one of my most offensive jokes to date. I’m relieved it worked!
#51 Thursday 3rd October 2019 (Smoked Garage, Fortitude Valley) – One of the happiest nights of my life! I got to MC and organise this show and it was a massive success! Performing to a crowd of 80 to 90 people was a lot of fun! I gave every comedian a massive compliment and a hug before they came on stage. I wanted every performer to feel happy and appreciated. My high energy had a crowd laughing hard from the start. I told the crowd that “when a comedian says something funny please make a lot of noise and laugh out loud. Don’t just sit there silently because this isn’t a fucking cinema!” After the interval I did 7 minutes of my material and made a joke about how I think my semen smells a lot like chlorine and a guy in the crowd yelled out and said that he “agrees with me”. Comedian Ting Lim told me that it was one of the best comedy shows she has ever been to. Comedian Jayde O’Brien told me that “whatever I’m doing is clearly working and its impressive how I’m able to consistently draw a big crowd to the shows I am involved with organising!” SO HAPPY!
#50 Sunday 29th September 2019 – (Stones Corner Hotel) – This set was a massive success! The crowd was hanging on every word I said. It was an AMAZING feeling! I improvised a fair bit and throughout my set I made commentary on how the audience was reacting to my jokes. My 4 new jokes got a very positive reception. Buck the sound technician was laughing very hard my new jokes and after my set he told me that he loved my jokes about me being asexual! The MC Terry Hansen told me that I was hilarious. I had over 15 audience members approach me after the show telling me that they loved my performance! An audience member told me that they love how confident I am on stage and another guy called me “a funny bastard” and this other girl spoke to me for 20 minutes after the show and told me that she was laughing hard at everything I said!
#49 Wednesday 25th September 2019 (Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley) – This was the first time I had done two gigs in one night. There was crowd of around 45 people. The audience laughed hard at my autism jokes. They loved my joke about necrophilia and my joke about not drinking alcohol for 3 years. I ended my set with my dirtiest jokes and 90% of the crowd laughed (I also heard people clapping and cheering) but there were maybe about 5 people in the crowd who found my final joke too inappropriate. The room-runner Kate Rudge told me that my final joke was too inappropriate for this venue. I respectfully disagree with her opinion because if the large majority of people in the room are laughing at a joke I believe that the 5 people in the crowd who find the joke offensive are a very small minority and therefore are not worth even acknowledging. I believe that by Kate telling me not to do a joke because a small number of people find it offensive is unfair to the other 35 to 40 people in the crowd who found it hilarious. Three girls who were in the crowd spoke to my after the gig and told me that my final joke “was hilarious and not offensive”. These girls told me that I was “adorable” and that I was “their favourite performer of the night”. The compliments I received from these girls made me very HAPPY! I love getting positive feedback from strangers especially when they tell me I’m cute.
#48 Wednesday 25th September 2019 (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – I was the first act to perform at this gig. There was only 5 people in the crowd which was a bit disappointing. I wanted a bigger crowd. The MC Chris Martin introduced me to the stage by telling the crowd that “BJ is the happiest comedian of all time”.
#47 Saturday 21st September 2019 (CoLab 4010, Albion) – Performing at a private function for a crowd of 40 people was a massive success! Because the crowd were laughing so hard at my jokes I told the crowd on multiple occasions that “I love you! You are a great crowd”. When you tell the crowd that you appreciate the laughs they’re giving you it encourages them to laugh harder and get even more involved in your set. I singled out this one girl in the crowd who was laughing the most and I pointed at her and said “she gets it”.
#46 Wednesday 18th September 2019 (Indooroopilly Pig N Whistle) – The MC Bev Killick was laughing so hard my jokes she accidentally hit her head against the wall. My 3 new jokes about being asexual are getting a very good response. After my performance Bev told the crowd that she would love me to perform in Melbourne at a show she’s organising. Me and my comedy friend Georgina Humphries spoke to Bev for 20 minutes after the show and she gave us a lot of valuable advice. Bev told me that have a lot of potential to have a very successful career in comedy. I look forward to doing more gigs with her in the future. This night made me very happy!
#45 Sunday 15th September 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – One of my most enjoyable gigs I’ve done! I tried 3 new jokes about how I’m asexual. They all got a positive response. The crowd appreciated them a lot more than I expected. I had about 10 audience members talk to me after my set telling me that they loved my performance. A Sydney based comedian who was in the crowd told me that “my happy energy makes the crowd like me instantly”. He said “my non-threatening stage persona makes it very difficult for anyone to dislike me”.
#44 Wednesday 11th September (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – This 10 minute performance was a lot of fun! I was the final act to perform and the crowd hung on every word I said. My joke about girls offering to have sex with me if I wrote their university assignments got the loudest response it’s ever received. My new joke about “why I believe Michael Jackson wasn’t a paedophile” got a hilarious response. Earlier in the show the MC made a joke about Jeffery Epstein and crowd went silent. However during my set when I did my Jeffery Epstein joke the crowd laughed very hard! I love how my cheerful personality allows me to say things a lot of the other comedians can’t get away with saying.
#43 Wednesday 4th September (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – The crowd was a lot smaller than usual because this venue no longer does 10 cent chicken wings on a Wednesday night. On a positive note my new and very risqué joke about Jeffery Epstein got a positive response from the audience. I wished there were more people in the crowd.
#42 Thursday 29th August 2019 (The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba) – I got to perform for an audience outside of Brisbane for the first time and it was one of my best performances I’ve ever done. There was a crowd of close to 100 people I opened the second half of the show did my best material and the crowd hung on every word I said. I was very happy! Nick Carr is one of my favourite MC’s. His loud energy always gets me psyched up before I go on stage! Before I went on stage Nick told the crowd that “BJ is the most enthusiastic comedian of all time”.
#41 Wednesday 28th August 2019 (Indooroopilly Pig N Whistle) – Performing for a crowd of 35 people was nice and intimate. I did some of my best material and had a lot of fun. After my set the MC Lindsay Webb told the crowd that “BJ is like a character out of a movie who you can talk to in real life”. As I was leaving the venue these two English backpackers came over and told me they loved my set.
#40 Saturday 24th August 2019 (Metro Arts, Brisbane CBD) – One of the happiest nights of my life I did a 20 minute performance for my Bris Funny Fest show “Spicy, Buff & Autistic” in front of a sold out crowd of 115 people. Because I was doing a longer set I gave the audience more time to react and laugh longer at my jokes. I got a lot of compliments from crowd members who told me that I’ve also added a lot of funny facial expressions and elements of physical comedy into my act which in their opinion definitely enhances my performance.
#39 Wednesday 21st August 2019 (Marquee Bar, Fortitude Valley) – One Of Brisbane’s newest open mic comedy rooms I performed a 10 minute spot for an audience of about 20 people. Despite being a small crowd they were very vocal. I made a new joke about Jeffery Epstein. I was relieved that the crowd found it funny because I was unsure if it was a bit too intense but they laughed hard so I was happy. These audience members told me that I was very talented and that I own the entire stage. I made a joke about Ian Thorpe which got a lot of laughs and it was even funnier when the comedian who performed after my set was Marcus Thorpe. He made a funny reference to my joke during his set.
#38 Sunday 18th August 2019 (Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington) – Doing a 10 minute performance at Queensland’s most popular comedy club for “Bris Funny Fest” and receiving so much love from the crowd put me on a massive high. Because I have such a happy stage persona I love my ability to make some of the most taboo topics like necrophilia and eating disorders sound cute. My new joke about girls offering to have sex with me if I write their university assignments got a brilliant reaction. One of the most enjoyable sets I’ve done. There was a crowd of 101 people watching and I’m so happy they all loved me!
#37 Sunday 11th August 2019 (Stones Corner Hotel) – One of the best gigs I’ve ever done! Before I got on stage the MC David Quirk told the crowd that he saw me perform at Heya on Wednesday night and he was “excited to see me perform again”. He told the crowd that I’m “terrific”. Getting complimented by the MC before my set put me in a very positive mood. The crowd was laughing at every word that came out of my mouth. I tried two new jokes which got a great reception I was very surprised. I had about 10 audience members come up shake my hand after the gig and tell me they loved my set. I love getting positive feedback from the audience.
#36 Saturday 10th August 2019 (Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley) – I had a lot of fun being the support act for my favourite Brisbane comedian Anne Ferguson-Howe for her Bris Funny Fest Show “PC Impaired”. It was my responsibility to warm the crowd up before her set. I got on stage asked the crowd if they were “keen to have a fun time” and then I went on to do 5 minutes of my best material. Anne told me after the show that she was very happy with my performance and that I made her feel less nervous before she took to the stage.
#35 Wednesday 7th August 2019 (Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley) – The loudest response I’ve ever gotten from a crowd and the best performance I’ve ever done! My first time performing at this venue. I opened the second-half and I absolutely crushed! An audience member asked to have a photo with me it made very happy. Another crowd member spoke to me after the show and told me how cute I was and that in her opinion I’m “The Next Dan Rath”. She also told me that I could have been the headliner and her jaw dropped when I told her it was my first time performing at Heya! Kate Rudge the room-runner also commented on my Facebook status the next day and told me that I was “very very funny” I’m so happy. It’s good to get positive feedback from an experienced room-runner.
#34 Sunday 4th August 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – I absolutely crushed I couldn’t be happier! I changed the start of my routine. My joke about the benefits of dating girls with Eating Disorders got a massive applause. I did an excellent job at putting random pauses into the middle of my jokes to mess with the crowds emotions and build suspense. My timing was on fleek. I did 3 new jokes I’d never done before they got a better response than I expected. I have a joke about Wet Dreams which I’ve only performed 4 times but is greatly appreciated by the crowd. I loved how a lady in the front row told me that she could relate to what I was saying.
#33 Thursday 1st August 2019 (Revel Brewery, Bulimba) – This set was a huge success! I did a 10 minute set and I was the first act to perform! Because I had more time on stage I gave the audience more time to laugh in between my jokes. It’s such a good feeling performing at venue where 95% of the crowd have never seen me before and being able to make them all laugh. I tried about 6 new jokes in the middle of my set. I loved how my edgiest jokes gave the crowd plenty of shock value! I loved seeing their reaction.
#32 Wednesday 31st July 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – First gig in 13 days was a massive success! I did 3 new jokes I was so happy! Every person I meet registers in my brain as a date of year and I tried some audience participation by asking an audience member to come on stage to tell him what day his name reminds me of. I was very happy that the MC Jenny Wynter and her husband enjoyed my set. I’m very happy that my crowd enjoyed my new joke about my all-time favourite celebrity Madonna!
#31 Thursday 18th July 2019 (Manly Hotel) – First time performing at this venue! The room was small but I still had a fun time. Because I’m such a loud performer I prefer bigger venues however I managed to readjust my style to suit the occasion for the smaller room. I tried 4 new jokes and they got a decent response. My final new joke which is about “wet dreams” got the response I was after so I’m happy!
#30 Sunday 7th July 2019 (Aether Brewery, Milton) – This set was a huge success! My first time performing at this venue and I loved how the microphone chord was long enough to allow me to walk around. My first fourth jokes got a very positive response. I shared a story about how I helped talk about a dozen girls out of depression when I was in high school and made a joke about the benefits of dating girls who suffer from eating disorders the crowd absolutely loved it! It was the first time I’ve made this joke and it worked! I also made an edgy anti-PC joke that got a mixed response. This is only the fourth time I’ve made this joke the first time I did it I got great response however this time round the crowd were a bit hesitant. This joke will only work with crowds that aren’t far-left-wing. This joke will only work with crowds that are politically neutral. Overall I’m very happy with this gig. I love how a few strangers approached me after the show and told me that they thought I was hilarious and loved my energy on stage!
#29 Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – One of my favourite Brisbane comedians Anne Ferguson-Howe was Mcing this gig. Her happy energy put in a positive mood before I got on stage. I started off with 4 of my strongest jokes and at the end of my set I tried a new joke that is arguably the dirtiest joke I’ve ever written. The start of this joke is funny however based on audience feedback I need to remove or tweak the middle of it to make it a bit more light-hearted and less intense. Overall a fun night and Anne loved my set!
#28 Sunday 30th June 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – Still on a high from Thursday’s show I used this set to try some audience participation and crowd interaction. I started by asking the crowd what mental disorders everyone had which was funny! There was a girl in her mid-20s in the front row and I asked her “what’s the creepiest message a random guy has sent on her on social media?” She unfortunately responded by telling me that “she didn’t have one”. She was either telling the truth or she was too shy to share her story.
#27 Thursday 27th June 2019 (Smoked Garage, Fortitude Valley) – I MC’d a 2 hour comedy show for the first time. It was one of the happiest nights of my life! I got on stage at 8pm and did 10 minutes of material to warm up a massive crowd of around 80 to 90 people. Instead of asking the audience members what they do for work? I unconventionally asked the crowd “what mental disorders do they all have?” I gave each comedian a compliment about why I enjoy their act before they came on stage. I also gave every performer a hug before and after their set. I did another 10 minutes of material after the interval and had a lot of fun. I tried some audience participation by asking the young girls in the crowd “what’s the creepiest message a random guy has sent you on social media?” I had hoped that a random girl would come on stage and share her story with the rest of the room but they were either too shy or didn’t have a story to share. The night was a huge success! I look forward to MCing and organising more comedy shows in the near future!
#26 Wednesday 26th June 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – I got asked to do this gig the night before and it was a huge success! The MC Aaron Pratt the crowd that he admires my positive energy! My newest joke about “camel toes” got a great reaction from the crowd. A few of the comedians came up to me after my set shook my hand and told me I did a great job! I was HAPPY!
#25 Sunday 23rd June 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – I used this performance as an opportunity to run over some new material before my big 2 hour show on Thursday night. I started my set pretending that I was the MC and I practiced my introduction for Thursday’s show. 90 seconds into my set I started doing material. Even though this is a small room the audiences laughter was still extremely loud so I was very happy! Two of the girls who were sitting in the middle of the room were both laughing hysterically. Another fun night!
#24 Wednesday 19th June 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – One of the best performances I’ve ever done! I was the first person to perform and the crowd latched onto my positive energy and loved every word that came out of my loud mouth! I re-structured my set and removed an old joke and replaced it with a newer and even better joke! I’m very happy that the MC Lindsay Webb and Sydney comedian Seizure Kaiser both enjoyed my set. I love receiving positive feedback from professional comedians!
#23 Sunday 16th June 2019 (The Stones Corner Hotel) – One of the comedians who was supposed to perform at this gig pulled out and asked me if I wanted to take his spot on the line-up. The crowd was a lot smaller in comparison to last week. I much prefer performing to bigger audiences. I tested two new jokes they both got a decent response but I wish the crowd was bigger. One of my new jokes is about QUT students; I look forward to performing it at a gig in the future when the majority of the people in the crowd are aged in their early 20s. It has a lot of potential!
#22 Sunday 9th June 2019 (The Stones Corner Hotel) – I was very happy that the MC Kat Davidson was laughing loudly at a lot of my jokes throughout my set. After my routine she told the crowd that she enjoyed my performance. It’s such a great feeling when a professional comedian tells the audience that they thought you were funny! I want to replace my second last joke I’ve said it so many times and I’m not very enthusiastic about it anymore. My final joke which is extremely X Rated got another massive applause and the comedian who performed after me made reference to my final joke at the start of his set. Great night!
#21 Sunday 2nd June 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – I was the final act to perform at this show. I had a lot of fun I tried 3 new jokes. This random audience member was laughing so ridiculously hard so I had to stop for ten seconds to acknowledge his reaction. I’m glad he enjoyed himself as much as I did.
#20 Wednesday 29th May 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – I always have fun at this venue. The 5 acts that were on before me didn’t do very well. I came on did some of my best material and had the crowds full attention. Another successful performance!
#19 Sunday 19th May 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – I treated this performance as an opportunity to experiment with new material and re-worded the structure of some of my older jokes. My new jokes about Osama Bin Laden were appreciated by the crowd so I was happy!
#18 Monday 13th May 2019 (The Newmarket Hotel) – One of the happiest nights of my life and MY BEST PERFORMANCE TO DATE! It was so good to have 25 of my friends, my parents and my sister in the crowd supporting me. Talking to my friends for an hour before I got on stage did an excellent job at preparing me for my performance. When I got on stage I shook the MC’s hand and patted her on the back. As I went to pick up the microphone I started clapping, I grab the microphone, jump up on the spot, stand still for 5 seconds and then start talking. This will from now on be my ritual for the start of every performance. When the audience sees me clap it makes them want to clap. When they see me stand still they wait frantically in anticipation eager to hear what you’re going to say! This is my version of comedic foreplay! I am training the audience to give me “Pavlov Dog” responses 😉
#17 Sunday 12th May 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – The MC was inexperienced she just wanted to tell her own material and she didn’t make much of an effort to warm up any of the acts before introducing any of them to the stage. The atmosphere in the room this night was very strange. 7 acts were on before me and the crowd was enjoying the performances but they weren’t reacting loudly. I came on stage and people laughed at my jokes and you could tell by the body language they were enjoying themselves. Everytime the MC returned to the stage she sucked the happy energy out of the room. She did material between every act and a few of the other comedians who performed on the night told me that they thought the MC did a poor job. Even before I got on stage I felt like I couldn’t be my normal highly energetic self.
#16 Wednesday 1st May 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – Another exceedingly successful performance! I got the loudest applause from the crowd out of all the performers at this gig. Before I began my when I got on stage I jumped up and down on the spot before I began to tell my first joke this energised me psyched me up. I was the fourth person to perform and the three people who performed before me didn’t get much of an applause from the audience and soon as I got on stage and started telling my jokes the crowd went wild! Very happy and 14 of my friends came to support me! So much LOVE!
#15 Sunday 28th April 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – WOW! The best performance I’ve ever done (prior to 13th May 2019)! I tried 4 new jokes and they landed perfectly. Especially my jokes about my celebrity crush Marilyn Monroe and foot fetishes! My timing was perfect I acknowledged the audience responses and I felt that I interacted with the crowd better than what I have at previous gigs!
#14 Thursday 11th April 2019 (Blutes Bar, Fortitude Valley) – The most confident I’ve ever felt on stage and the largest applause I’ve ever gotten from an audience. This venue really suits my style! My X Rated joke got a fantastic response! Ryan the shows manager told me that he loved my performance and loved the character I played on stage! I also think I read the audience very well and my timing was spot on. I’m VERY VERY HAPPY!
#13 Wednesday 10th April 2019 (Indooroopilly Pig N Whistle)– This gig was a huge success! I tested 3 new jokes and they all worked. One of my new jokes was about the unconscious mind. I told the crowd about some of the strangest dreams I’ve had. For example; I once had a dream I was Skyping Steve Job’s from heaven. One of my friends who was in the crowd told me afterwards that my story about Steve Jobs worked because it was very random and also gave the audience a window into how my mind thinks about the world. My joke about how racist Indians are to Pakistanis was a bit edgy but I’m happy with the shock value that it gave the audience. 8 of my friends from QUT came to watch it was awesome!
#12 Sunday 31st March 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – One of my best performances! I experimented with new material. My first new joke which was about how I recently started studying Mandarin had the audience in stitches. My second new joke didn’t get the response I anticipated but I’m still going to use it again because it has potential if I utilise it in the right venue with the right audience demographic. Greg Sullivan one of Brisbane’s most popular comedians was in the audience and he had a chat to me for about 15 minutes and told me how much he loved my performance. This made me very happy!
#11 Wednesday 27th March 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – I love this venue however it has a reputation for being a hit and miss. Because the venue has 50 cent chicken wings most people watching aren’t there to watch comedy they are there to have food. The crowd enjoyed my performance but due to their being more tables close to the stage the setup didn’t give me the space to move around and dance the way I did the last time I performed here. Still a good night!
#10 Sunday 17th March 2019 (Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington)– I had a lot of fun performing at the Raw Comedy semi-final although I didn’t qualify for the state final I am very proud of my performance. The audience got super involved in my routine this made me very happy! The judges found my content too sexual/risqué as all the contestants who qualified for the final didn’t discuss taboo/sexual topics plus ABC plays a huge role in who goes through to the final. I felt extremely confident on stage during this performance and I definitely improved on my engagement with the audience in terms of giving them effective eye contact.
#9 Wednesday 6th March 2019 (Indooroopilly Pig N Whistle) – Very happy with this performance had 10 of my friends in the crowd supporting me. It’s always a good feeling to do something good when your friends are watching! Canadian comedian Garret Clark was MC that night. It put a massive smile on my face when he told the crowd after my performance that “I have a very likeable stage persona”. Had a chat with him after the show he’s such a great guy! One of my best performances!
#8 Friday 1st March 2019 (Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington) – I was a warmup act for Adelaide comedian Ro Campbell. I loved performing for a big audience of about 70 people. Had to restructure the ending of my set because the final joke that I used at my last two gigs was too explicit and after reading the audience I assumed that it wouldn’t work at this venue so tweaked the ending to my set. I added some new jokes about how young people use social media which were received positively.
#7 Sunday 24th February 2019 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – Another successful performance my confidence on stage is getting stronger and stronger.
#6 Wednesday 13th February 2019 (Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington) – My performance in the Raw Comedy competition was a huge success and I qualified for the semi-finals. I am so happy the judges enjoyed my performance. I was given feedback by the judges and they said they enjoyed all my material up until by last joke. They told me that my final joke was too sexual but I don’t care because the crowd obviously loved it 😉
#5 Wednesday 6th February 2019 (Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills) – MY BEST GIG EVER (Prior to 13th May 2019)! SO SO HAPPY! This venue had a massive microphone lead I danced around and went crazy. 60% of the material I performed this night was new material and the audience loved every bit of it! This guy came up to me after the show and shook my hand and told me I was his favourite comedian who performed that night! GREAT SUCCESS!
#4 Sunday 23rd December 2018 (The Stones Corner Hotel) – My first three jokes were a success. I decided to experiment a bit and change my structure this didn’t go according to plan but it was worth the risk. The new joke I used worked well because it was topical but it also messed up the flow of my structure. One of my least enjoyable gigs. The show was two days before a Christmas the crowd was dead.
#3 Monday 3rd December 2018 (The Newmarket Hotel) – My first two jokes were a success. These autism jokes are my strongest material. The audience enjoyed my third joke which is about “how to quickly get rid of unwanted erections when you’re out in a public space”. I was surprised how well this joke was received as it didn’t sit well with the crowd at my gig on the 11th November. Fourth joke didn’t work again so it has to go, I won’t be using it again. My fifth, sixth and seventh jokes all got a positive response.
#2 Sunday 11th November 2018 (Milk Factory, South Bank) – The audience loved my first two jokes. My third and fourth jokes didn’t get the response I expected. My fifth joke which is about sex robots and my sixth joke where I analyse how people behave on social media were both received positively by the audience.
#1 Monday 5th November 2018 (Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddington) – One of the happiest nights of my life. I got the largest applause out of all the performers. I had a lot of fun performing for a crowd of over 100 people! I had my wonderful parents and 11 of my friends in the crowd cheering me on. My jokes about my autism, sex robots and how adolescent girls behave on social media were crowd favourites! I also made jokes about how ISIS terrorists use social media which surprising got a good response despite it being a very sensitive topic.