The US comic who calls himself ‘a musician trapped in the body of a comedian’ is coming to Brisbane.
This is Stephen Lynch’s second Australian tour, and there will be a particular focus on his fifth and most recent album ‘Lion’, which explores topics such as acid trips, veganism and – in the case of the title track – all the things he wouldn’t do for a romantic partner.
“The show is really focused on ‘Lion’, of course, because that’s the newest material and for me it’s the freshest and it’s the most fun, and it generates the most laughs because these are the songs that people know the least… but I’m not an idiot. I know people want to hear old songs.”
Stephen’s goal with ‘Lion’ was to make a record he was musically satisfied with, as well as making sure the jokes were funny.
“I set out with that in mind. I was determined that I was not going to sacrifice the quality of the music just to make a joke funnier … If I played something and I didn’t like it I just didn’t pursue it. I waited until I had something I really liked and then I laid in bed for three months trying to figure out what lyrics to put to it.”
Stephen has played piano since he was a kid and was “bitten by the drama bug” at a young age. He studied acting at college and entered the comedy world “by accident” after playing a gig at a cabaret club and getting laughs. While gigging in New York he worked part-time jobs for years, which he eventually quit in order to pursue comedy full-time. In 2006, his love of music and acting came together when he was cast in the lead role of the Broadway production of ‘The Wedding Singer’.
“I had seen the movie, but I didn’t watch it after I’d been cast, intentionally, so that I wouldn’t do a copy of what Adam Sandler had done in the movie. And since it was all original music that they wrote for the musical … that made it easier to interpret it in my own way and come at it from my own perspective instead of just doing a bad Adam Sandler impression. I don’t do very good impressions.”
Stephen Lynch Performs at The Tivoli Wednesday Aug 21.