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On Tour Part 3 - 20 hours in BrisVegas…or Brisbogan, whatever you like to call Brisbane. 

Hotel: The Gambaro
Venue: Lyric Theatre, QPAC 

We got picked up in a party bus. That’s right, Brisbane’s idea of luxury transport is a party bus. Complete with mini-bar and mini-stripper pole. At least the windows were completely tinted I supposed. I didn’t want to touch anything for fear of partyAIDS because lets face it, the kind of people who would hire these vehicles for the purpose that they are intended for…in Queensland…well, lets leave it to your imagination shall we? I’m surprised the seats weren’t stained with fake tan, that’s all I’m saying. 

The Gambaro is Brisbanes newest 5 star hotel. It’s beautiful, although being right on Caxton Street on game night it’s unfortunately situation in the seventh layer of hell. After the show I went downstairs to redeem my free drink and I turned right back around and went to bed because upon entering the lobby I was overwhelmed by the sound of hedonistic bogans having the time of their life. The toiletries and extra touches of the Gambaro were what really made it stand out, from having my name welcome me on the TV, to the T2 teabags and the really really nice toiletries - the Gambaro will definitely get my return business.  

The show was typically fantastic, no Encore because the audience were quite a bit older than usual (older than middle aged!) which I guess is more indicative of the venue than anything else. 

On Tour Part 2 - 18 hours in the nations capital; Canberra

Hotel: Canberra Hyatt
Venue: Canberra Theatre

My love affair with the hotel robe continues. No pillow menu at the Hyatt Canberra, but we were met by enthusiastic staff who told us that the President of Japan had only departed that morning (with no other context). First show of the tour. Sold out. Great crowd. Artist signed, sold a heap of merchandise. The toiletries provided were abundant -a shaving kit AND dental kit. Bonus! Bubble bath - totally had a bubble bath after the show. Then ordered room service - a massive salad and nasi goreng cause I wanted rice and that was all they could give me. The Star didn’t provide the Holy Bible. Canberra provided the holy bible - that in combination with worlds biggest hotel desk and phone right by the toilet tells me that Canberra means business! Great Job Canberra! 

To make to for my lack of content lately, here’s a photo from backstage at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne. Everyone loves a good Burt and Patty Newtown cut out right? 

Stay tuned because I’m writing and scheduling more entries/pieces/blogs from the recent comedy tour I was working on, Splendour in the Grass music festival and other general happenings in my strange sitcom of a life 

Plus I head back to the US on Monday for a few weeks - west coast only, sorry my southern fried lovers in the crescent city limited time schedule and the mojave has been calling. I need to get away, centre and reset this time, no partying or excessive indulgence! (Except for when I see man man on the 18th and two nights of murder city devils on the 21st & 22nd!)

To make to for my lack of content lately, here’s a photo from backstage at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne. Everyone loves a good Burt and Patty Newtown cut out right? 

Stay tuned because I’m writing and scheduling more entries/pieces/blogs from the recent comedy tour I was working on, Splendour in the Grass music festival and other general happenings in my strange sitcom of a life

Plus I head back to the US on Monday for a few weeks - west coast only, sorry my southern fried lovers in the crescent city limited time schedule and the mojave has been calling. I need to get away, centre and reset this time, no partying or excessive indulgence! (Except for when I see man man on the 18th and two nights of murder city devils on the 21st & 22nd!)

On Tour: Part One - Sydney

Hotel: The Darling @ The Star
Venue: The Star (Event Centre)

This happened in July but better late than never right?  

It’s pretty great when a tour starts in your home town, but it’s even better when you also get to stay in a fancy hotel in your hometown and the Darling at The Star is hella fancy! I’ve stayed in 5 star hotels before, but not any that are so new and so modern and so…robotic.

When you enter the room the lights gradually go up and the blinds open revealing amazing floor to ceiling windows. I can’t decide what impresses me the most, the robot technology (everything in the room is operated via the TV and remote including the wake up - you set the room to gradually wake you up with the TV going on softly then louder and curtains opening gradually, right down to setting the temperature for wake up). The minibar scared the shit out of me though, everything was on a timer and if it was removed for 30 seconds it automatically charged to the room. This resulted in a whole bunch of incorrect charges on my room tab, which were immediately refunded so I imagine it’s a rather large problem.

There were two options with the intimacy kit, a hugely over inflated $18 for one condom, massage oils and a blindfold for the basic kit or $24 for the deluxe kit that comes with an adult movie. I can only imagine the types of people who would use that - like Valerie and Brian from the upper North Shore who decided to treat themselves to a dirty weekend away in the city for their 25th wedding anniversary.

I digress

This was not only my first encounter with a pillow menu (hello pillow exactly like the one l have at home) but also where my love affair with hotel robes began. I’ve experienced robes before, but something about sitting in a hotel room, working, in nothing but a robe is a strangely wonderful thing. Kind of like being at home working in your PJS, but better. I tell you what, I got more basic admin work and tedious tasks taken care of while I was on the road than I ever do in the office. I attribute this to robes.

In the middle of the Sydney week we went to Canberra, but I have a separate entry for that. We only had one media commitment (apparently jedward had been in the studio before us!) and the show on Friday night was close to a sell out. I’m pretty sure this show got an encore - I mean fuck, that’s how talented this comedian is, no one gets an encore in comedy! Amazing!

Hummus Scrambled tofu recipe

It’s a rare Sunday that I wake up without a hangover and when I do I’m always motivated to cook some good food to put into body to balance out my poisonous vices. Often it’s a matter of throwing whatever I’ve got growing in the garden or sitting in the fridge together. Since it’s winter the garden is now quite sparse with the exception of some hardy herbs and the last round of veggies. 

Anyway, I digress- I had put the hummus on top of the silken tofu and as I reached for the  tofu I had and idea that could have very well been a complete and disastrous waste of ingredients or culinary genius. It was the latter, luckily! 

Here’s what I put in it:
Silken tofu
Half a tub of hummus 
Two jalapeño chillis 
A handful of basil
Smoked paprika
Cherry tomatoes 
Tsp minced garlic 
Half an avocado 

I mashed up everything with a whisk and fork except the tomato and avocado until it was blended nicely and had an acceptable consistency. I then chucked in the tomatoes and threw it into a lightly oiled frypan for a couple of minutes.

I took it off the heat, mashed half an avo through then served the second half of the avo whole with smoked paprika on top. 

It was delightfully delicious and move been thinking about how delicious it was all day. 

PLUS it’s vegan and gluten free!

Hummus Scrambled tofu recipe

It’s a rare Sunday that I wake up without a hangover and when I do I’m always motivated to cook some good food to put into body to balance out my poisonous vices. Often it’s a matter of throwing whatever I’ve got growing in the garden or sitting in the fridge together. Since it’s winter the garden is now quite sparse with the exception of some hardy herbs and the last round of veggies.

Anyway, I digress- I had put the hummus on top of the silken tofu and as I reached for the tofu I had and idea that could have very well been a complete and disastrous waste of ingredients or culinary genius. It was the latter, luckily!

Here’s what I put in it:
Silken tofu
Half a tub of hummus
Two jalapeño chillis
A handful of basil
Smoked paprika
Cherry tomatoes
Tsp minced garlic
Half an avocado

I mashed up everything with a whisk and fork except the tomato and avocado until it was blended nicely and had an acceptable consistency. I then chucked in the tomatoes and threw it into a lightly oiled frypan for a couple of minutes.

I took it off the heat, mashed half an avo through then served the second half of the avo whole with smoked paprika on top.

It was delightfully delicious and move been thinking about how delicious it was all day.

PLUS it’s vegan and gluten free!