Ready, steady laugh

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

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.’’

–SUZANNE SIMONOT

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.

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