Open mic night suc­cess at Par­rot­fish

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

LO­CAL lar­rikin Daniel Brin­klow brushed off a six-year hiatus from the stage to be crowned com­edy king at the in­au­gu­ral Par­rot­fish Lodge open mic night last Sun­day.

The Cooya Beach crack-up was one of eight brave souls to bare their sense of hu­mour in front of the 100-strong crowd and his pol­ished per­for­mance earned him not only a $400 cash first prize but a fiveminute slot in the Big Laugh gig fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of Aus­tralia’s top com­edy tal­ent in­clud­ing Greg Sul­li­van, Matt Mann and Mandy Nolan at the Sugar Wharf tonight.

He said it felt good to dust off his funny bone along­side fel­low stand-ups Daniel Leopold, Lisa Stem­part, Al Gib­son, Ian Gil­martin, Joshua Si­gar­ito, Brian Free­man and Trent Miller.

‘‘I used to do a bit of stand up com­edy in Melbourne but since my first child was born I’ve been a lit­tle busy,’’ he said.

‘‘It was such a great night, it was set up re­ally well.

‘‘All of the acts were fan­tas­tic and at a pro­fes­sional stan­dard.

‘‘I was sur­prised to win it, I had no idea what to ex­pect from the tal­ent here.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to the Big Laugh, I will be dust­ing off some of my old ma­te­rial but might bring in a new joke or two and see how they go.’’

And he is hop­ing this is just the start of things for the lo­cal laugh-o-me­ter.

‘‘Hope­fully the open mic com­edy night will be­come a bit of a reg­u­lar thing, there are ob­vi­ously enough peo­ple around who want to see it,’’ he said.

‘‘I would love to pop in ev­ery now and then to prac­tice some new ma­te­rial.’’

The Big Laugh is on at the Sugar Wharf tonight from 7pm. Tick­ets are $35 and are avail­able at Good­ies Cafe in Moss­man, Ori­gin Cafe in Port Dou­glas or www.fes­ti­val­sup­north.com

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