A funny guy – Xavier Toby.

Occasionally i like to get out of the studio. And when your working hard on music sometimes the last thing you want to hear is more music. Melbourne has an annual comedy festival that brings together some of the best local and international talent from around the globe (http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2013/season/).

I had the pleasure of catching Xavier Toby in his show at the Imperial Hotel called “White Trash”. The topic of his humour, as you can guess, is the often faux pas subject of racism. How would a guy swigging a pint of good Aussie beer in a chequered shirt and blond hair tackle such a sensitive subject?

The first challenge of the night though turned out to be venturing to the venue from Chinatown. We had an all you can eat dumpling dinner and i felt as bloated as a pregnant blue whale. So should i leave the comedy to Xavier? I think so.

DSC00769Our group of partygoers stuffing their faces with dumplings.

When we eventually got there, the first thing that was immediately noticeable was the front row was empty. As i sat down in the third row, i turned to my friend Shane and said, “The front row is empty”, to which i got a pretty swift reply, “there’s no way i am farking sitting down the front”. Ha ha well said. Xavier immediately hauled everyone from the last row into the front row with a promise he would not pick on them. Never trust a comedian who says this. But he kept his word.

Xavier warmed the crowd up by talking about his 2 circles of friends, his “bogan mates” and “hipster mates” and their own issues around racism. A great way to start and the crowd seemed genuinely engaged.

Even though we started late, his whole show was well prepared and unrushed. Xavier was able to make an improtu switch in subject to tatoos when prompted by a member of the crowd. He had a business idea. Jims mowing and tatoo removal. It’s a 2 for 1 kind of deal that he is sure is going to blow up.

One of the funniest and pertinent lines of the show was the addage that just because a slogan rymes dooes does not make it right. The term “we grew here and they flew here” was termed in the cronulla riots. The slogan is no more right than “i took a pee in the tea”, Xavier explains. I liked that. There were also those cringeworthy “i can’t believe he said that” moments. One of them was his explanation for the uses of his vacuun cleaner. Don’t ask. He didn’t say it. But i think he intimated it.

Quite cleverly he uses penguins, with their balck and white exterior, to prove a point we should not judge a book by its cover.

The great part of the night was that i got to meet Xavier after the show for a drink. He is an interesting guy, following his passions of writing and comedy, coming from an engineering background. He travels around the country and globe doing what he loves (when he could be a lot more comfortable in a 9 to 5 job) and thats a great story. Something i think we can all learn from.

DSC00782Xavier Toby on the left

All in all a great night 4/5.

Find Xavier at www.xaviertoby.com or www/facebook.com/xaviertoby.

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