Guy Montgomery

I Was Part Of The Problem Before We Were Talking About It Guy Montgomery has

been based in New York for the last 18 months,

but the New Zealand comedian still spends a hefty chunk of time in the Antipodes.

He’s back for a full season at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019, which is largely a financial imperative as his US visa prohibits him working outside the stand-up sphere.

“In terms of having it feel like my feet are on the ground and establishing deep, meaningful and lasting connections with my American brethren,

it has made it slightly more challenging,” says Montgomery.

New York is a legendary comedy location and Montgomery’s not afraid to admit he’s chasing his dreams.

“People say you don’t want too many good things to happen too quickly,” he says.

“I don’t know I feel like none of the people who are saying that have had all of the good things happen to them at once.”

He’s back for a full season at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019, which is largely a financial imperative as his US visa prohibits him working outside the stand-up sphere.

There’s still plenty to strive for, but Montgomery’s journey has been pretty smooth sailing.

He’s a white, middle class man from New Zealand and he explores the ramifications of excess privilege and entitlement in I Was Part of the Problem Before We Were Talking About It.

“The older I get and the more I widen my horizons and surround myself with a vast array of people, I’m realising and then acknowledging out loud that I have had a charmed run.”

Montgomery’s previous solo stand-up shows tended to be

silly and surreal observational pieces.

But his 2018 show, Guy Montgomery Doesn’t Check His Phone For An Hour, probed his addiction to technology and acted as a stepping-stone to this year’s show.

“It’s been bubbling away at the back of my mind for a while, but I haven’t quite built up the requisite confidence to actually perform a personal show,” he says.

“This show I totally open myself up and reflect on how I’ve wound up where I am and how fortunate I’ve been and all the breaks I’ve had along the way.”

Even if certain presuppositions or personality traits feel like inevitable consequences of social conditioning, that doesn’t excuse negative or ignorant attitudes.

Montgomery is using humour to deconstruct certain reflexive actions.

“The stuff that I’m talking about, they’re conversations I have with friends and family and colleagues but it’s stuff that I never really wanted to address onstage,” he says.

“But that gnawing idea that I should because I can eventually got to me.

“This show I totally open myself up and reflect on how I’ve wound up where I am and how fortunate I’ve been and all the breaks I’ve had along the way.”

“I’m really excited to do this show.

I was also initially very terrified, but I’m very excited because I think it’s the first time in a while I’ve

been genuinely scared or felt like I’m in deeper water than I’m capable of swimming in.

That’s usually a good sign.”

“The stuff that I’m talking about…I never really wanted to address onstage.

But that gnawing idea that I should because I can eventually got to me.”

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