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Last night Mitch Garling began the run of his maiden Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘Tell Someone Who Cares’. After being nominated as one of the 2017 Sydney Comedy Festival’s ‘Best Emerging Comedians’, Mitch is keen to share his stories of childhood, growing up and the realities of being an adult with Melbourne. “I’m talking about stuff we can all relate to…now or nostalgically”.
‘Tell Someone Who Cares’ focuses on “a look back at childhood and the things that I miss…and the contrast of where we are now today as adults”, says Mitch. “There’s a bunch of stories…and life-hacks…to make adulthood better, more interesting”. At 29, Mitch acknowledges he’s not the oldest comedian or best placed to be saying ‘back in my day’ but he notes “that’s the point”. He recalls the scene from Home Alone 2 of Kevin McCallister, sitting on the hotel bed, watching TV and eating junk food, “we all have this grand idea as a kid of what adult life would be like… things were better as a kid”.
Originally from the Central Coast, Mitch started running comedy nights (including shows to raise money for charity) before he began his stand-up career. He followed the familiar path of many comedians having an early passion for comedy, watching stand-up specials and listening to comedy tapes and podcasts when he was young. Once he finally got his teeth into performing stand-up himself five years ago, it opened a whole new word of open mic nights and the comedy circuit. Mitch describes the feeling of his first gig as “the best…that was so good”! Since then, the self-described “dry” and “nostalgic” comedian, has toured parts of Australia as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival showcase tour, including to his hometown. He describes the great feeling of playing in a “four hundred seater in my hometown…to go back to the same stage that in year six I saw ‘Hating Alison Ashley’…it was really cool”!
“Stand-up is number one”, says Mitch but notes he has also explored some other media including small parts on ABCs ‘The Checkout’ and some commercials. He appears appreciative of the other opportunities stand-up has offered, though appears eager not to be typecast too early, quoting a hypothetical agent “they need a lovable oaf… are you free? Why can’t I be a love interest…I have so much love to give”, Mitch says jovially.
“I’m not a big name but I think if you come to my show, you are going to feel happy”, says Mitch. “The show kind of dissects your perception of adult life and what it’s going to be. The end result is that realisation, adult life can be boring… and it might not have met your expectations from when you were ten…but life is great, it’s fun”. Mitch concludes, ‘Tell Someone Who Cares’ “will hopefully make audiences feel good…warm, fuzzy and happy… that’s what I’m going for”.
Check out Mitch Garling at the MICF in ‘Tell Someone Who Cares’ from 28 March to 8 April at Tasma Terrace. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Or, if you’re a Sydney-sider, you can catch Mitch at the Enmore Theatre from 3 to 6 May. For more information and to book tickets for his Sydney shows, click here.