Comedian, writer & Filmmaker

Category: <span>Blog</span>

Roadshow Diary Day 1…

So this is the first tour I’ve been on, and I though it might be interesting to write a few words about it while I’m here.

Currently in: Perth 

It’s the WA leg of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.  On this trip are comedians Colin Lane, Tommy Dean, DeAnne Smith and Glen Wool (if you don’t believe me, suck on this:)


As well as our tour manager Gideon and stage manager Stu.  I’m not sure if I’m allowed to call him Stu yet.  His name is Stuart.  You already figured that out?  When did you get so clever?

Anyhoo, here are my first impressions of Perth.


Oh my god, this is the first thing I saw when I got off the plane:


In Perth, dogs ride escalators.  Perth is Ace. 

Tiny Milk

I bought some cereal cos the folder in my hotel room said we have complimentary milk.  When I came back and looked in the fridge, this is what I found:


When the spout of the milk carton is bigger than the other bit, that milk isn’t complimentary, it’s insulting.

(Turns out, it was more than enough)

Mortal Angels

We were having a beer and kept seeing heaps of people in black walking around we didn’t know what they were doing.  Were they goths, emos or ninjas?  Considering there was a 1 in 3 they were ninjas, Glen, Stu and I went to investigate.  There was a hardcore band playing down the street, so we though we’d check it out.  As we walked closer, everyone was fully decked out in black and looking huge and angry.  Glen had a beanie and big black overcoat and Stu was dressed similarly.  Here is what I was wearing:


The band was called Mortal Angels and tickets cost $70 bucks.  When Glen said he didn’t want to pay that, my testicles went back into place.  Good thing too, they were starting to hurt my lungs.

Read More

Nate & Chong's Internetshow!


Live Tuesday Nights 6 – 7pm

You might remember Nate from BB08 but my fondest memory of him our first day in Year 1 together when he ran away from school.

And after more than 20 years, we’re finally getting some work done.  We’re doing an internet show together – it’s not quite TV and it’s not quite radio but it is quite live.

We’re not quite sure exactly what it’ll be, but it’ll have interviews with musicians, comedians and other famous and interesting people, music, games, competitions, chit chat, reviews and heaps of other stuff.  And it’ll be the most interactive thing you’ve ever seen – you’ll be able to chat with us live in the chatroom, call up, skype us, even be in the audience, which means you’re in charge of what the show ends up being.

Our first show is Tuesday May 12th, and while I’m not too sure where you can see it, most likely it’ll be shown right after KG and the General, which you can find at 

So tune in from 6-7pm Tuesdays and count the things that go wrong! 

Read More

Adelaide Fringe 2009 Ends…

Well that’s it for another year.  One month of shows preceded by 3 months of writing i a panic preceded by 2 months of paperwork preceded by 6 months of stressing about not having nailed down what to actually do a show about.
Which means that it’s now time to start thinking about what to do for next year.
Before we get too far down that path, I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me and my shows this year.

Why The Bloody Hell Aren’t Ya?

Huge thanks to Justin Hamilton who, while writing and rehearsing a play (Goodbye Ruby Tuesday at the Melb Comedy Fest – check it out) helped me a lot with the structure and narrative of the show, and made the show much smoother to watch and a joy to perform.
Lizzy, Annabelle & Kylie from the Red Cross for helping me get my facts straight.
Whit for tech stuff as well as reminding me of forgotten lyrics, which he ended up knowing better than me.
Egan, Mick, Kristen, Em, Bowley, Claire, Peta and everyone else at Rhino for their smiles, shoulders, support and cheap drinks/facts.

Sort of the Rings

Mikey.  But reluctantly.
Sha Shee and Andrew for doing grunt work all season.
Tabs, Lee and the Gardeners for making everything run so smooth.
The guy who made the crepes in the garden.
The hot chick at the yiros place who we basically stalked for 2 weeks.

And for both shows, everyone who came, all the Fringe staff and the most tolerant girlfriend ever, what’s-her-face.

And cos you gave me such a wicked Fringe, I’m giving you this one: 


And now we start writing next year’s show…

Read More

Adelaide Fringe 09!

Heya peeps,

The Adelaide Fringe is right on top of us!  You should come see me do the following things:

Why The Bloody Hell Aren't Ya?


 Jason Chong’s Why The Bloody Hell Aren’t Ya?

This is my solo show about donating blood. 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime, 1 in 30 give it. With things like the Victorian Bushfires, we all know about giving blood, but it’s needed all year round for all kinds of yucky stuff. So if you’ve never given blood but want to know what it’s like, or you used to give blood, but haven’t lately and want the motivation to start again, or you give blood now and you want to feel like you’re better than everyone else (any maybe bring your friends who don’t give blood along too), then come and I’ll give you an hour of hilarious reasons why.

Buy tickets now at

Rhino Room 13 Frome St, 10:15pm Feb 26 – Mar 21, Tix $19 / $14 conc

Sort of the Rings


Sort of the Rings

This is the show that sold out the entire season at the 2006 Adelaide Fringe. It’s the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes, all 13 hours) in 60 minutes. It’s for fans of the books and movies, general nerds and all round good people. It’s family-friendly, so it’s also perfect for bringing your kids or parents to. If you like stuff like Lano and Woodley, the 3 Canadians or Tripod, you’ll love this.

Tickets are selling really fast, so if you want them, you can book them here:

The Pod in the Garden of Unearthly Delights East Tce Parklands, 8:30pm Feb 20 – Mar 8, Tix $24 / $17 conc

 AdelComPod! Logo



Lastly, I do a podcast for the Adelaide Comedy Scene. A podcast is like a radio show, but you subscribe to it (it’s completely free) and each week a new episode is downloaded to your computer and you can listen to it there, or put it on your iPod and listen to it when you’re out and about. Each episode is 20-30 minutes and is filled with chat, interviews with comedians, and info on gigs, special offers and cheap tickets. It’s funny, entertaining and you can say you know the guy that does it.

You can subscribe by dragging this link into iTunes or your media player:

Read More

Adelaide Fringe 09 is coming…

So the 2009 Adelaide Fringe is coming soon, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is not far behind.  I’m working on 2 shows for both these festivals.

 Why The Bloody Hell Aren’t Ya? is a show about giving blood.  It’s on at the Rhino Room.  Here’s the poster:


Why The Bloody Hell Aren't Ya Poster


 I’m also in Sort of the Rings which is more of a play thing.  It’s a show that I put on with a good mate, Mike Klimczak, in the 2006 Adelaide Fringe.  It sold out the entire season and was so much fun we decided to put it on again.  It’s a family show, so you can bring your kids and parents, especially if they’re nerds.


Sort of the Rings Poster
So that’s it for now.  Nothing you can do about it all yet, but something to whet the appetite and get excited about.  The festival season is coming…


Read More

Project Standup

I’ve been asked to take part in a docco series called “Project Standup”.

It’s a show looking at ethnic Australians taking part in a stand up comedy course. It’ll be run one night a week over a couple of months, culminating in a big show for all your family and friends. So if you’re new here, or your parents moved here but still make you take part in all the customs from the old country, and you’ve always been a bit curious as to what being a stand up comic is like, we’d love to hear from you.

Give Budaya Productions a call on 8232 5583 or email them at to find out all the details.

Chop Chop.

Read More

Being a comedian…

So here’s what it’s like being a comedian.

I featured at the HWY this week, and it was a lovely surprise to see my name in lights on the corner of Marion Rd and Anzac Hwy. It would have been seen by thousands of people a day, and I was pretty excited about it. Not only that, but my mum lives really close to their too, and that would have been nice for her to see. And it’s the road dad would take if he went into the city during the week, which should hopefully give me a bit of time before he starts on me to get a real job again.

Before the Gig

So before the gig, I had to go across the road to Coles to get some batteries for my guitar tuner. The checkout dude said “You work for Nova don’t you?”. I was feeling pretty chuffed that someone recognised me.

Perhaps I’ve finally made it…

So the gig went okay, and after the gig I caught a bus home.

After the Gig

Maybe I haven’t made it quite yet.

Actually, that’s a lie, I drove home in my car, but the photo op was irresistible. Think of it more as a metaphor.

Read More