Puppet Up Down Under 2014 – April 12, 2014 – Late Show

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Today’s schedule is a little but different from the other show day schedules we have had so far. Tonight there’s a televised comedy show, that’s also part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, that’s using the Princess Theatre for a show that ends at 5:00 PM. That means they won’t even be done cleaning up by the time our normal call is. Because of this our show has been pushed back to 8:30 PM. So today is a little more relaxed than normal. Not that our days are ever rushed, but we just have a little more time than normal.

And what a beautiful day it was today in Melbourne. The rain has abated and, though it’s a little cloudy, the sun was out. Perfect day to go out exploring. First though, I went and worked out, running on the treadmill and lifting some weights. Feels so good to get that back into my routine.

After showering, I met up with Dan and we headed out into Melbourne to explore a bit. We walked over to Federation Square which is this really cool part of town. Sort of old and new coming together. There’s a beautiful old church and Flinders Street Station, but then there’s a bit museum to the moving image which is in a really neat building. Lots of people bustling around. We watched some street performers, Dan took a few ‘Danaramas’ and then we pressed on looking for somewhere to eat.

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After walking around and looking at all the different food options, we decided on a place called, I believe, Sea Salt. Mostly sea food, but they had regular fare as well. It was one of these places tucked deep in an alleyway here in Melbourne. Love that about this city. We walked around a bit more, then headed back to the hotel to relax a bit.

Got over to the theatre at our call time and got set for soundcheck. The top notch crew of the Princess Theatre had our set all ready to go. It was amazing, not that I doubted them at all, it just a big job. They killed it. It was like the other show never even came in.

We did our soundcheck, ran through the opening,finale and Breezy. Then it was time to get the blacks on for the show.

Tonight’s show was a lot of fun. The crowd seemed to have a little higher class suggestions tonight, though ‘fisting’ still made it in there. The Hot Dogs attempted to out out a fire, the game show was Robbing A Bank, we saw a game of Frisbee Golf mixed with some kinky sex and a reminiscence of a sex change. It was a fun night.

Got to do Alien Barbershop again. The suggestion was: Love Boat.

I watch Love Boat
And my tears start welling
and the man I have to thank
Is that asshole Aaron Spelling.

Best I could come up with in the moment. Of course, immediately after the show I came up with a different take on it, but that’s the nature of the show.

After the show I went out to help with the lobby photos. So much fun meeting the folks in the audience afterwards.

After the lobby photos and getting freshened up I went to head back to the hotel and on the way out met the, multi-talented Ingrid Elkner and it was fun to chat with her a bit in person as opposed to online.

After that it was just back hotel. Dan bailed on me for dinner so I just grabbed some on my own then sat down to write this post. One more show tomorrow and then, a day off. And we have some fun things planned for that day off.

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