“Don’t give up your day job,” is a saying often bandied about around creative types. Comedians have been known to hold down a day job or two when building up their careers in comedy. David Quirk has literally taken this statement to heart, to the extent that he has been employed in a skate shop for most of his adult life. Fourteen years to be exact. As part of his schtick, he performs his entire one hour stand-up show, Thrasher, in the skate shop, which lies conveniently on Swanston St at Fast Times across the road from the Melbourne Town Hall.
The sheer novelty of the setting is clever, and puts the audience in a state of anticipation as they are seated directly adjacent to the shop counter, which lies in front of decks of varying designs and colours. Beer taps on the counter provide refreshment before the show, and perhaps quench the thirst of customers during retail hours. Considering Quirk has spent most of his life working in the store, his immediate surrounds are potentially a source of comfort to him, so he seems completely at ease in this environment.
Thrasher centres around Quirk’s experiences in the shop along with his love of skateboarding. His self-deprecating and honest style wins over the crowd effortlessly. Many howling with laughter after his quick gags and observational humour. One skit which he conjured up to alleviate the tedium of working in the same store for over a decade, has to be seen to be believed. It is hilarious. His stories of love, loss, and skateboarding are well executed with excellent comedic timing. A guest appearance by comedian Zoe Coombs Marr gives an added depth of realism to the sketch.
David Quirk is a likeable, funny, fellow, and has a bright future in comedy, even though he loves his day job. Thrasher is well worth a look. See it before it sells out.
Fast Times, 121 Swanston St, Melbourne
Mon-Thu 8pm, Fri 9.15 & Sat 7.15pm (60 mins)
All Tix $25