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Read The Room at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe!

Buy tickets to Read The Room here: www.jasonchong.com.au/tickets

It’s been 5 years since I performed at a festival. 2015. Holy smokes. Weber, who I did “Blowhards” with had another child. It’s probably in it’s early 20s by now.

A lot has happened – I worked for 2 years as Broadcast / Digital Manager at Channel 44 and another year as the Digital Content Producer Mix1023. I learnt heaps and worked with some great people, but the hours meant not much performing for ol’ Chongas.

In 2019, I started a room called The Black Box Experiment – www.theblackboxexperiment.com.au where I worked with a new Adelaide creative each month to develop a TV show idea in front of a live audience. Then we’d film the last show of the month with the help of Channel 44 and end up with a TV pilot. There are some really good shows in there and I really should have posted about it here, but you can see how it all went at the BBX website.

Read The Room is one of those shows. It’s an idea that I’ve wanted to try for years, and it’s kinda the reason why I set the whole Experiment up. And it turns out it’s really good.

Here’s the gist: I ask curly questions to the audience, and they answer them through their phones (because technology exists now!). Then contestants on try to see if they can pick which way The Room swings. There are variations on that theme – “would you rathers”, moral dilemmas, comparing this crowd to the national average, but essentially it’s REALLY fun – the audiences have been really positive about it, and I’m loving hosting it.

I’ve got a really fun sizzle reel (below) that I’ve started pitching around to production companies and TV networks, but in the meantime I’ve chosen to do a 2 week run at the Adelaide Fringe to get the show in front of more people and tinker with the format even more.

What is “Read The Room”? Watch this sizzle reel!

So here we are! Starting on Valentine’s Day and running for 2 weeks, you can catch Read The Room in Gluttony. Every show will have different guests, and new questions, so if you enjoy it, you’re more than welcome to come again!

On Wednesday Feb 19th I’ve got an Auslan interpreter coming along which will be a first for me, and towards the end of the season, I’m going to live stream a show so you’ll be able to cast your votes from OUTSIDE The Room. I’m still locking down a date for that one, so like my page at www.facebook.com/jasonchongcomedy so you’ll get updates and that’s where the video will be.

I’d love to hear what you think of it – it’s the thing that I’m most passionate and excited about at the moment, but come help me make it even better for TV!

And of course, it’s more fun with more people in The Room voting, so bring your mates too!

You can get tickets here: www.jasonchong.com.au/tickets

Read The Room Poster Adelaide Fringe
Read The Room at the Adelaide Fringe!

Melbourne Comedy Festival 2013

Oh Hai,

I know you think the best time to tell you about shows I’m doing in a festival is before that festival starts, but that’s just because you assume you know how this crazy business works.

In fact, recent studies have shown that the optimal time to let audiences know about shows you’re doing is EXACTLY HALFWAY THROUGH the run. Doesn’t sound right to me, but a guy on a tram told me. He then said something about needing a dollar and that he had a legion of spiders, so I assume he went to Uni or something.

Anyway, I’m in Melbourne doing a show called “Edinburgh Festabesta” at the Last Laugh Comedy Club. The great news is that also appearing on the lineup is Troy Kinne and probably my favourite comedian in Australia, Lawrence Mooney.

Loz has the ability to make me laugh from so far down in my gut that I make noises I didn’t know I could make. I have sat in audiences and laughed so hard I actually cried, and my stomach burned from joy.

Not only that, he has a special place in my heart because I had a drink with him in Adelaide many years ago with a lady friend of mine after a show. He asked her if we were dating and although she meant to say “no”, she accidentally said “not yet”. Flash forward to a few months ago and I made her my wife.

Now I don’t know if she was scheming me or if Loz put the suggestion into her head, but most probably his comedy released endorphins into her soul, I said hello and she mistook the feeling for love.

Anyway. I’m really enjoying the show, and if you’d like to come along, you can get tickets here: Edingburgh Festabesta.

Also, you totally missed Festival Fishbowl in the Adelaide Fringe, but you can check out all the episodes on YouTube.

Cheers,
Jas

P.S. If you wondering why I didn’t perform a new show in Adelaide or Melbourne this year, its because we got married in November, I moved back to Adelaide, then went on a honeymoon and got back the day before Fringe started. I’m super-keen to do one next year, but I was also keen to not ruin our honeymoon by being my usual self-absorbed pre-festival self. I found plenty of other, newer ways to ruin it.