SERIOUS, NO JOKE
Lindsay Webb has been making people laugh for 20 years and as his life has evolved, so have his jokes, with girl quips now taking a back seat
Lindsay Webb must be one of the hardest working men in show business. By the end of the year, the Logan-based fatherof-two will have done 255 shows in the past 12 months. That’s roughly 127.5 hours of comedy. That’s a lot of funny. Sort of.
“To be a comic, you actually have to understand a lot of serious things in life,” Webb says. “People think you’re just an idiot and don’t pay any attention to the world but it’s the opposite, where I’m actually paying hyper attention to the world.
“When I started, I was telling jokes about girls and TV shows and that’s not going to wash now. People don’t want to hear me talk about on-off relationships and dodgy TV shows – that’s as naff as getting up and saying, ‘airline food, what’s with that?’”
The full-time comedian spends his days trying to understand the world through news sites, Twitter and Buzzfeed. He’s out of bed for about 13 hours before he goes to work and can perform up to three shows a night on a busy weekend.
“It takes a lot of brain stamina to do an entire day and then go to work,’’ Webb says.
“You’ve got to manage your day pretty cleverly to have the right amount of energy at the end of it.”
Now 41, Webb started doing comedy when he was 23 and his third performance won the Queensland final of the Triple J Raw Comedy Competition in 1998. The next year, he was a runner-up Comic of the Year at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. That was when he decided to try to make it his career, working in breakfast radio at SeaFM on the Sunshine Coast and eventually going out on his own in 2005.
BRAIN STAMINA: Comedian Lindsay Webb puts a lot of effort into juggling work and family.