Since representing his home state of South Australia at the 2016 RAW Comedy National Final, Lewis Garnham has been captivating audiences with a style that is a potent combination of laconic, intelligent and introspective. In his stand-up he muses on the bizarre and fascinating traits of society, finding the comedy in the grim and gritty.
Read on to spend 5 minutes with Lewis Garnham:
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
A hilarious, thought provoking hour about childhood, growing up, and learning about the world.
What/Who was its inspiration?
Kids at the schools I have worked at over the years whilst I have been a teacher’s aide.
What do you think its best quality is?
It’s very funny and warm but also cold and dark in little moments but before it gets too cold the warmth rushes back in to greet you like an old friend.
Why should people see it?
Because it’s great and daring.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
It’s all in the game yo.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
My family! They’re all very clever and funny.
Who makes you want to create
My family, other comedians, musicians, people who see my shows, people who don’t, kids, people who are being fucked over, everyone really.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
First time I did stand up. I was 17 and I pretty much decided that night that I would pursue it as far as I could.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
I can’t really be fucked entertaining people just for the sake of entertainment. Not that that’s a bad thing but it bores me. I think comedy is one of the best opportunities in modern society to connect with big groups of people and share challenging ideas with them.
What are 3 words that describe you?
If I say 3 positive traits I sound like an egotist but I don’t wanna just say negative traits for the sake of it because I do think I’m a pretty good person. I’ll just say people can describe me themselves once they’ve seen my show.
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I’m deaf in one ear, I’m into birdwatching, and my ankles keep cracking every time I take a step lately, which is a bit weird. Might get that sussed out by a doctor soon.
How excited are you to be performing in front of a live audience again after last year’s covid shut down?
Extremely!!! I h8 zoom.
What is next for you?
Wouldn’t mind getting into activism and trying to overthrow all the evil megalomaniac billionaires at the top of the food chain before it’s too late and the earth explodes into one big bushfire. But I also might keep doing stand up and get into screen writing. Maybe bit of each of those things.
Lewis Garnham The Worst Train I’ve Ever Built
A 5-year-old child weeps as they stare at the disappointingly indistinguishable pile of Lego they have created.It is the saddest moment of their life so far, but one day that Lego will not matter.
In this brand new hour of stand-up, Lewis Garnham delves into his own vulnerabilities to explore childhood,humanity and the moments in which our perceptions of tragedy change. In short, to figure out when we stopgiving a shit about Lego trains.
Till April 18