There?s no rest for the wicked
By BIANCA CLARE
THE Coffs Coast was a little quieter, a little less colourful and let's face it, a little less cheerful yesterday, with the International Buskers and Comedy Festival officially over for another year.
Festival organisers John Logan and Jenny Oloman made the most of a much-deserved day of rest.
But for street theatre performers Stacey, 26, and Tracey, 24, from Ozstar Australia, there was 'no rest for the wicked'.
"Busking is a full-time job for us," Stacey said.
"That's how we make money to pay our bills and have a life."
The funny flight attendants, who put crowds in hysterics with their jokes about wedgies, shoes and excess baggage, have been busy planning a new comedy routine for their next stop on the festival circuit.
"It's a hard lifestyle in a way because you're always moving around," Stacey said.
"We had only just gotten back from Canada and North America when we arrived in Coffs Harbour last Tuesday.
"We are lucky I guess, because we are female, which is unusual in street theatre, we are marketable.
"If we don't have a festival contract we can always work for ourselves."
Stacey said the crowds at the Coffs Coast International Buskers and Comedy Festival were very supportive.
"Sometimes we had to work hard to warm them up at the late night gigs but they always related well to our material," she said.
The Ozstar Australia performers said the highlights of their visit to Coffs Harbour was the Buskers Festival finale at the North Coast Botanic Gardens ? and the after party at the Plantation Hotel.
"We had a great night on Saturday.
"The atmosphere at the Botanic Garden was excellent.
"We also got to met some of the locals at the Plantation Hotel. We liked that."