Stuart Daulman is a successful comedian. A professional joke teller. A serious funny guy. And now he’s willing to impart his knowledge and share his skills with you. That’s right – Daulman is running his own Masterclass at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. We had a brief chat with Daulman about his upcoming show.
What qualifies you to run a comedy masterclass?
I am an award winning comedian, and I have been performing in every comedy festival since 2007. In fact – I am over qualified for the job.
Have you ever taken (as in been a student in) a class on comedy? What was it like?
No I have not. I graduated from the comedy school of hard knocks. I have been there, I am there and I am doing it. I have all of the answers.
If you were going to have one on one tutoring from another comedian, who would it be and why?
Once you become the master, you cannot be the student. There is no going back.
You have also done sketch work with Fancy Boy in the past. How does that inform your solo work?
It helped me write a lot, because that whole process was so stressful. As comedians stress is very important for writing material.
How would you describe your style of comedy?
I have been called many things, by a lot of people. Probably wacky, like a smart wacky…alternative smart whacky off the wall charming with a bit of pathos to help learn something about yourselves and myself. A lot of things. Wacky.
You also host a podcast with your mum. What led to you starting that?
My Dad is sick and my mum and I are good friends. So we talk about it and how we are doing.
Obviously, if people want to hear your tips on becoming a comedian, they’ll have to come to the show – what advice do you have for comedians looking to start a podcast?
Don’t worry about if the idea for the podcast is funny or not, just get it out there because that’s what it’s all about really. Growing your profile.
Finally, the classic MICF question – who else are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s comedy festival?
Ben Russell, Andy Matthews/Alasdair Tremblay-Burchill, Mel Buttle, Guy Montgomery, Eddo, Sam Campbell/Paul Williams, Cam Duggan, Shane Henry, Kit Richards, Alice Snedden…so many. Too many.
Masterclass is on at 9:30pm at the Melbourne Town Hall until 21 April as part of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets are available from the comedy festival website or the box office.