Ready, steady laugh
IT’S a highlight of the year for those fortunate – and funny enough – to get a seat on board the bus! The annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow lands on the Gold Coast this weekend lead by comedians Loretta Maine, Asher Treleaven, Xavier Michelides, Claire Hooper and emcee Colin Lane.
Former Lano and Woodley favourite Lane, who moved to TV as a co-host on The Circle in 2011 and more recently, Ready Steady Cook, says stand-up is a very different medium and ‘‘something I’m still grappling with after all this time’’.
‘‘You never stop learning. You never feel absolutely 100 per cent comfortable. You have to have a little pep talk with yourself before you go on stage but the thrill and excitement is as fresh as ever,’’ he says of stand-up.
On the other hand, Lane says his role on Channel 10 cooking challenge series Ready Steady Cook is that of facilitator.
‘‘I’m talking to people about what they’re cooking and to the general public about what they’ve done in their life,’’ he says.
‘‘I’m like an inquisitive colleague. Stand-up works on a different kind of level. It’s on the cusp of being a smart arse but you have to be an endearing smart arse – endearing, positive and charming.’’
Nerves aside, Lane says he enjoys the roadshow format and his role as emcee.
‘‘I’ve always worked in an ensemble (with Frank Woodley). I’ve never done a standup show by myself for an hour and I’m not sure if I’m capable or interested in doing that. It’s a joy to be up there sharing the highs and lows. I do like an ensemble experience,’’ he says.
‘‘The only unfortunate thing about being emcee is if the audience don’t like you, you have to keep coming back on.’’
Lane, who enjoys watching his roadshow castmates from the wings each night, is a huge fan of them all but says Treleaven in particular ‘‘has been doing great things’’.
‘‘The audience response to the tour has been brilliant,’’ he says.
‘‘They’re really up for it – keen as mustard. It’s lovely to be welcome.’’
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Sunday at 7.30pm. Tickets are $52.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow host Colin Lane (left) and (below) one of the show’s stars, Claire Hooper.