A five-year-old child weeps as they stare at the worst Lego train they’ve ever built. It is the saddest moment of their life so far.
In this 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 stop giving a shit about Lego trains.
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
A funny exploration of childhood and life itself. The things that make us who we are, the insecurities, the social norms, the disappointments, the lies, the world around us. All the shit basically. Originally when I started writing it was just gonna be a funny show. I didn’t even want it to be too thematic. But then it kind of naturally turned into a show with a through line and some political and social commentary and a clear theme, a ‘message’, all that stuff. If you’re into that you’ll love it. If you’re not, come anyway maybe this’ll be the start of a new leaf for you.
What/Who was its inspiration?
The kids I work with! I work in after school care and have harvested ideas from the kids’ brains. Stuff that adults, with all our problems and stresses, could never think of.
What do you think its best quality is?
I reckon there’s bits in this show that will stick with you for life. I think it’s funny but I also think it’s really interesting. It will leave with lots to discuss in the car ride home – and lots to think about as you plod around this world.
Why should people see it?
Because of what I just said! Nah but seriously see it cause it’s hilarious and interesting and cerebral and fun. This is my 6th Adelaide Fringe and for sure the best show I’ve written so far.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
Jeffrey Eppstein didn’t kill himself.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
Probably my family. They’re all pretty hilarious. They’re also all very critical thinkers so they taught me to see life through that questioning kind of lens which is good for writing comedy.
Who makes you want to create, be funny – Who inspires you?
People who come up to me and tell me they dug what I was saying. That always makes me wanna be better and funnier and keep pushing cause it’s like hell yeah that person actually really valued what I just did. Also I’m inspired by other creatives of course. My auntie Patricia Cornelius is an amazing playwright, I find her heaps inspiring. In the comedy world I find Tom Gleeson inspiring cause he’s so damn funny and such a hard worker. He’s also a straight up great guy.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
The first time I tried stand up. I was 17 and I did 5 minutes at The Rhino Room in Adelaide. I was pretty shit but I loved it so much.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
Connecting with people is the salient thing I guess. There’s lots of different ways humans can connect but yeah I think stand up is a great one. I also think that I always wanna challenge people in the crowd to think differently. And challenge myself to think differently too.
What are 3 words that describe you?
This is tough cause I think I’m a good person so I wanna say 3 good things but then that’ll seem arrogant. What a pickle. I would hope that I am kind, genuine and FUNNY.
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I dunno if these are particularly surprising but here goes: 1. My favourite artist at the moment is J Cole. 2. I’m into bird watching. 3. I once played basketball against Dante Exum and he dunked on me.
What is next for you?
My mind is pretty much all on this show at the moment. Wanna smash it in Adl, Melb and Sydney. After that I might go to Tasmania to look at birds and try find the Tassie Tiger.
Lewis is one of Australia’s funniest and most distinctive young voices. In 2016 he won RAW Comedy in SA and is a regular on triple j, Triple M and other stations around the country.
March 26 – April 19