Tripod celebrates 20 years in comedy at Brisbane Comedy Festival

Tripod celebrates 20 years in comedy at Brisbane Comedy Festival

“We tried to coin the phrase ‘musedian’ for a while, but people just wanted to punch our smug musedian faces.”

By Candice Jackson | 26th February 2016

Are they comedians? Are they musicians? No, they’re Tripod and their harmonious humour still has us in stitches two decades later!

To celebrate 20 years of crimes against comedy, the trio (Steven Gates, Scott Edgar and Simon Hall) is returning to Brisbane Comedy Festival with a set list from their Tripod: 101 Hits songbook (yes, that’s an actual physical printed songbook). Audiences are in for a hilarious, chaotic and totally unique show that will randomly mix Tripod’s hits in a fun night of music and stories.

Musician, comedian and one leg of Tripod, Scod (Scott Edgar) says that for ages Tripod was just this weird harmony cover band. The trio spent time cutting their teeth in the pub music scene, opening for cover bands with names like Explosive Hits.

“Writing our own stuff came later, and pretty much hard on the heels of that we got tangled up in the comedy scene in Melbourne, which had a devastating effect on the ‘earnest acoustic shoegaze’ elements of our repertoire,” Scod says.

Tripod’s 20-year career is filled with highlights such as performing on TV shows Skithouse and The Sideshow, becoming regulars on Triple J’s national breakfast show with their Song in an Hour segment, touring in a hit a capella quartet cabaret and releasing a single with Gotye – and that’s just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg.

“Look, if you had told me that 20 years later we would be playing an original show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra or writing songs for Assassin's Creed and have a book of our own songs published, I would have said you were on drugs and could I have some, please?”

Despite their success in the art scene, they’ve struggled with a more defined title for what they do as a performance trio.

“I like ‘cabaret artist’ but in the sense of ‘interesting combinations of music and theatre’ and not in the sense of ‘Marina Prior in a sequinned dress’. We tried to coin the phrase ‘musedian’ for a while,” says Scod, “but people just wanted to punch our smug musedian faces.”

Scod says that the Tripod team is looking forward to playing for a Brisbane crowd again.

“Brissie is always a lot of fun – you guys have such a thriving arts scene that you tend to get a pretty literate, comfortable, up-for-anything crowd. I wouldn't expect anything less from the city that has the Go-Between Bridge.”

So what can we expect from Tripod’s 20-year anniversary show? Scod says, based on the running of the show so far, Brisbane audiences can expect a nail-biting ride through a set list you would never consciously plan. There will be a heavy chunk of “greatest hits” material peppered with a few slightly scary acts that they either barely know or which were never meant to be played live in the first place.

The hour-long show’s content will be chosen with one of those binger spinner barrel things. Options include songs from their new songbook Tripod: 101 Hits, the old stuff you love (or have forgotten) and heaps of new stuff!

Tripod will be performing Tripod: 101 Hits during the Brisbane Comedy Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse from March 8 to 13. Buy your tickets here!

OR click here to WIN one of three double passes to their show!


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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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