The weekly comedy night A mic in hand upstairs at Vibe cafe on Smith St is going into hiatus after this week’s show on Thursday night. Co-hosts Daniel Moore and Tommy Dassalo say in their email newsletter that running the event is no longer viable as small crowds on nights without big name performers don’t create sufficient income to pay the performers.
When it began in October 2008 (see the opening night crowd above) A mic in hand was fantastic. The last time I went was in March 2009 when a disastrous and badly mismanaged night, ending in the severe heckling of one performer, made me lose interest in the event. It was fun while it lasted and I congratulate Daniel and Tommy on trying something new in Fitzroy. It’s a difficult thing to do to keep a weekly event like this running. Perhaps fortnightly would have been a more sustainable schedule?