Open mic night success at Parrotfish
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