Adam Rozenbachs is one of Australia’s finest comedians today and is set to appear at Raw Comedy, which takes at GPAC on the 22nd of February. In the lead up to the event and just after the start of 2014, I got the opportunity to speak with Adam about his ambitions for this year, as well as some highlights from his career thus far.
Talking about the new year means that resolutions come into play, and although they may not hang around for long, Adam feels he no longer needs to set any goals after last year. “There kind of isn’t a new year’s resolution mate, because I just took a year off drinking, so I’ve cracked that and I think that’s enough for my lifetime. I’ve decided to have some fun this year, and so I’m going to get back on it. A year without alcohol at times can be really challenging, but I’m looking at it now with a new perspective which is great.”
With five acclaimed Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows under his belt, each with their own level of acclaim, it is Adam’s 2013 stellar show Eurodad that has sparked most of my attention. The premise of the show is quite simple, which features Adam on stage talking about a recent trip to Europe with his dad – an experience that he wouldn’t recommend to anyone.
“My dad was born in Germany and immigrated to Australia when he was two. He hadn’t been outside of Australia since, and so at the end of 2012 we made the trek back to check out his family ancestry. He pretty much hated the whole trip, and I think that’s because he hadn’t gone travelling and so he was looking forward to going to Europe for the day. The fact that we were there for three weeks just wasn’t his cup of tea.
“He wasn’t impressed by any of the big monuments. He thought Buckingham Palace was a bit shit, the Eiffel tower should have been bigger and Big Ben was like the Dimmeys clock in Swan Street, Richmond. If anything, the trip taught me how to be a more patient person, which is a positive,” Adam said about the cheerless experience.
Talking about how Adam got into comedy, it seems that very much like the music business it is a lot to do with networking. Furthermore, it is about making the most of the opportunities presented to you and being proactive about making things happen for yourself.
“Comedians are always happy to chat about things and so you have to be in their face. Whether that is putting sketches up on YouTube or constantly going to Open Mic nights to test out your material, the only way that things are going to start happening is if you make them.”
It’s only a couple of weeks before Adam heads back to Geelong to host Raw Comedy – and he can’t wait. “Raw is always good because the audience’s friends are on stage and it’s a warm environment. It’s great to see what comedy is coming through, and I can’t wait to see what Geelong throws up!”
Breaking Booze is the new show at the 2014 MICF, so keeps an eye out for it on this year’s programming. It’s sure to be brilliant.
When&Where: RAW COMEDY @ GPAC – February 22
Written by Tex Miller