When the unmistakable voice of Brad Hollis echoed around a room in the Adelaide Convention Centre, the enigmatic creator of Yeh Goodboy Goodboy Good Footy Energies had no screen to hide behind, no editing process to boost his work.
But it mattered little for the up-and-coming internet comedian.
Showing off his brand new, unwashed, corduroy shorts, Hollis quickly had the 150-strong crowd well within the palm of his hand.
Thriving on awkward energy and pacing throughout the hour-long show, Hollis brought mundane interactions to life with his uniquely serene on-stage delivery.
Retelling contemporary tales of UberEATS drivers and self-serve checkout sagas, Hollis’ energy and prose had audience members in stitches.
Some of the young male-heavy audience were laughing at his delivery, others at his content. But regardless, everyone was buying what the comedian was selling.
An uncanny storytelling ability allowed Hollis to translate his work to a stand-up set with ease.
Unorthodox at the best of times, it seemed easy for Hollis to paint the pictures in his mind that no one else could have cooked up.
For example, an insane Ned Kelly Pie origin story that catapulted the audience into an alternate Ned Kelly universe. However, his creation was vastly different to the one portrayed in Justin Kurzel’s recent film.
The show’s title was hardly mentioned either, the 20-something footy guru touching on the title’s origin just once in a rare venture to his cult Facebook page.
Seldom did Hollis need traditional segues. At one stage dumping a segue because it “was too much effort”, the show sat up nicely hopping from one joke to another, with enough elements of continuity to tie it all together.
But for someone who got his break by unifying footy with spirituality, the show felt like a progression into something with universal appeal.
Although sprinklings of footy content pleased devotees, Hollis is set to break out of the cage audiences may have subconsciously barricaded him in.
Hollis has the flair, the contemporary content and the new-age delivery. If Saturday night’s seriously impressive gig is any indication, he may soon become the Ned Kelly Pie of the Australian comedy circuit.
Brad Hollis will be performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with more dates to be announced in Perth, Sydney, Queensland and Tasmania.
Image by Liam Fiddick