2018 will mark the first show that Jack Druce has done for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in two years. With a strong background in comedy, Druce is one of the more notable comedians to pay attention to during the festival. Pop Culture-y’s Stacey Waters was able to have a chat with Jack, finding out what we can expect from his new show Kitchen Bird, how writing for television compares to writing for stand up and what shows Jack himself is looking forward to seeing during this years’ comedy festival.
Your new show is called Kitchen Bird – which is a kind of unique name. Where does this term come from exactly?
There is a story in the show about how at my old house there was a bird that kept getting into the kitchen and scaring me most mornings. I think that’s a fairly standard way of naming a show but several times when telling people about the show I have said that it’s called ‘Kitchen Bird’ and they have looked at the poster, then back at me and quite earnestly said ‘Are you the kitchen bird?’ I don’t know what they could possible mean, I’m not any type of bird, I am a man, If the show was a bird doing comedy that would be made very clear in the marketing material. That is exactly the kind of marketing edge I need right now.
What can we expect from Kitchen Bird?
There is a large staircase on the stage, and my accent is a bit odd. I know the question is about the material but those are the two things I’ll like people to expect because I’ve found people are confused and angered by both.
In terms of the show, I haven’t done the festival in the last 2 years so I have a lot more material to draw from. It’s a tight hour of stand up and stories. I wouldn’t say there is a theme but I seem to talk about birds and old men quite a lot.
This is your seventh comedy festival act – has your creative process differed at all over the years, if so, how?
The first time I did the comedy festival I was 18, and don’t think I had any kind of creative process, really just trying to think of enough funny things to say to say to last an hour. Now I’ve definitely been able to be more thoughtful about the show and cut out the bits that I don’t want to be there.
Are there ever any nerves before a show anymore, or do you have a familiar routine after all these years?
Before every show I fight the 10 largest men I can find, I have the advantage because I know the fight is going to happen. Beating these gentle giants to a pulp gives me the confidence to do anything.
I do get a bit of anxiety most times, but I feel like I get anxious about every thing I do and I’ve usually been fairly successful, now anytime I don’t feel anxious I feel like I’m turning my back on a winning formula.
As a writer for channel 10 – is the process of writing for television different from that of writing for your own personal shows?
TV writing is about being good at writing in someone else’s voice and stand up is about writing for your own voice, I think they’re very different, most of what I write for TV is meant to go to air that day, where as I like my stand up to be able to develop and evolve over a long time, there are ideas in the show that I’ve been thinking about for a few years.
What acts are you excited to see during this year’s comedy festival?
I’ve started a tradition of writing a detailed list of all the best acts at the festival. Writing it is something I really look forward to, I hope you’ll check it out.
Kitchen Bird will be showing at Belleville 9th April – 22nd April as part of the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets can be purchased here.