Comic Justin Hamilton


Comedian Justin Hamilton pictured at home in Surry Hills Pic Jenny Evans

Comedian Justin Hamilton initially wanted to be a writer, but turned his attention to making people laugh after a fortuitous meeting with Australian comedy royalty, the Doug Anthony All Stars.

“When I was a teenager, I met the Doug Anthony All Stars, who all gave me advice about the world of comedy,” Justin says.

“Richard Fidler said it was a great way to get my writing out there, I could travel the world and meet interesting people. Paul McDermott told me to be careful because the industry is full of arseholes who will break your heart. Tim Ferguson told me that, no matter what anyone else says, swearing is funny. Turns out, all three of them were right.”

Justin, who appears tonight at the Just For Laughs festival at the Sydney Opera House, says that meeting all those years ago had a significant impact on him.

“I like to think I carry their spirit in my spots at Just For Laughs,” he says.

Off stage, the humour continues for Justin who lives in a one-bedroom apartment overlooking Elizabeth St, Surry Hills.

“It’s great at night because it allows me to hear people on the street and their crazy late-night conversations with their crazy made-up friends that they don’t seem to like,” he says. “As my friend Carl says, ‘You made them up, why don’t you make up someone you like?’”

Despite the frenetic pace of his work and living in the city, Justin knows how to relax.

“I was a child of the ’70s and ’80s, so to relax
I sit on the lounge and listen to music. Listening to the crackle and pop of a record is the closest I come to meditating.”

Words: Catherine Nikas-Boulos

Pictures: Jenny Evans