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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - Dave Cal­lan and Lind­say Webb, Com­edy in the Base­ment, Gold Coast Arts Cen­tre, to­mor­row night. LIZZIE STAFFORD

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.

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