Many years ago I encountered a story-telling comic who was excellent to watch in action. He knew how to spin a yarn and be hilarious in the process.
At the time, I felt compelled to ask him if heâd ever heard Woody Allenâs stand-up (settle down, it was during the pre-YouTube/Facebook/MySpace age, you actually needed to read stuff or know people who read stuff to know about stuff back then). Cos this comicâs story-telling style â reminded me of Woody Allenâs stand-up.
Of course the comic knew Woody Allenâs stand-up; the comic was one of those people who actually read stuff and knew people who read stuff. That comic was â and continues to be â Justin Hamilton, a brilliant writer and stand-up comic. (Of course heâd know stuff; being a brilliant writer, heâd also have to be a brilliant reader; you canât be good at writing if youâre not also good at reading.)
Furthermore, for his 2011 festival show Circular, Hammo has a pretty impressive poster. How impressive? The only reason this blog exists is to give me an excuse to publish it.
Nice work, Hammo.