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Traditionally comedians are supposed to be alcoholic depressives… so was a sober Adam Rozenbachs risking losing his mojo?

Adam, you’re back on the sauce after a year off, with a new show on the topic – but have your habits changed?
Yes. When I did the photo shoot for this show I had a longneck and I thought I was going be sick just from the smell of it. My first beer back, I was really pissed after two and I was sitting on those for an hour and a half – which is not the way I used to drink. If you say to anyone, “I’m going to drink four litres of liquid,” they’d go, “That’s a bit crazy,” but when it’s alcohol you just do it.

Did you read any memoirs of other people’s sobriety?
I read Jill Stark’s High Sobriety; she’s a friend of mine. It was good to see the stages that she went to and have some kind of parallel.

Did you think there might be a detrimental side to stopping?
Yeah, because people are always at you to have a drink and you think, “Fuck, am I nothing without it?” That really started to wear me down. But then people really pick and choose their reflections of you as a drinker. No one brings up the shit things you did. So that was tough early on; especially going home early, because you’re not full of sugar and so you’re tired. And I was single at the start of the year, so it was hard to meet people because you don’t have that confidence that you’ve always thought you had. Little things like that chipped away at me.

Some people consider alcohol to be their creative muse.
Yeah, particularly for comedians, because funny things are more likely to happen when you’re drunk; plus the audience can associate with it. As soon as I say I wasn’t drinking for a year there’s this instant judgment. People don’t trust you when you don’t drink. Finding out your mate doesn’t drink is like finding out your favourite band is Christian.

You were sober last MICF… are you going to celebrate large this time?
No, I just don’t think so. I had a history of power drinking, to get hammered, and I’d just black out all the time. Even if I wasn’t that drunk, I’d forget stuff. I’m hoping to break that pattern.

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By Jenny Valentish   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

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Date 27 Mar 2014-20 Apr 2014

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