Local comedian offers in-house performance

Young comedian Ethan Andrews wasn’t joking when he said he would be offering to do gigs in people’s homes.
Nanjing Night Net

The lively 23-year-old, who now resides in Newcastle, is offering to come to your place and perform a gig in your lounge room, garage, back yard or whatever works for you.

Better still, you can pay him as you please!

NO JOKE: Stand-up comedian Ethan Andrews wants to perform at your house. You provide the room and small audience, and he’ll do the rest. Picture: Supplied

“The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has a similar model,” Andrews said.

“It’s free to go, and then at the end, depending on how much you enjoyed the show, you pay what you feel it was worth.”

Andrews is honing new material for his performance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2018.

“Instead of doing shows in small theatres and pubs, I’m doing a tour only of people’s houses,” he said.

“I want to do the show for some smaller crowds and try out some of my newer material.”

Andrews first dabbled in stand-up comedy in 2013, and has been working professionally for just 12 months.

The routine he’s honing is largely about childhood, so it was suggested that he create a bedroom set for the show to tour.

But lugging a bed and bedside table around to gigs in theatres wasn’t going to work.

“So I thought I could just do the show in people’s bedroom, or lounge room.”

The local comedian’s material is family friendly, and more at the Jerry Seinfeld end of the comedy spectrum rather than the Rodney Rude end.

“My show is definitely not too crass or rude for kids to see,” he said.

Andrews’ friend and jazz musician Jasmine Abbott will open the show with a solo set.

“I’m not Carl Barron or Adam Hills. I can’t sell out a huge theatre like those guys, but I can do something they can’t,” Andrews said.

“I can promise you the best dinner party of your life.”

Of course, there has to be a decent sized audience lined up.

“If there’s just me and two people there, that’s not a show. That’s just me interrupting your dinner,” he joked.

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