A Psychology student and a Law student walk into a bar… No, this isn’t the start of a horrible Dad joke but rather the beginning of a beautiful legacy circulating through the world of Instagram. Do you ever wonder about the story of the person sitting next to you at a bar? Where have they come from? What have their wide, beer-fixated eyes seen before the sight of an empty pint glass? Well, maybe we’ve found a way you can finally sate those perspicacious curiosities… kind of.
Enter two gentlemen each with fantastic hair; one a mane of ginger and the other of luscious blond locks perfect to flick around when an ‘absolute tune’ comes on in the club. Rory Clark and James North are the guys behind Humans of Adelaide Unibar. They attended the same school together – Rory a year older – and their friendship flourished after plenty of Tuesdays spent at The Ed: the local stomping ground for their mutual acquaintances.
Humans of Adelaide Unibar (HOAU), as its name suggests, takes its origins from the renowned Humans of New York. You don’t need to attend The University of Adelaide to understand the niche captions that accompany each image taken by the boys. Ranging from HECS debt struggles, fabricated travelling circus members and ex-servicemen, the satire is something that any university student, twenty-something and beyond can appreciate. If you enjoy quintessentially Australian humour with a satirical flair, give these guys a follow on Instagram and a like on Facebook.
We caught up with Rory and James to find out who they are, where we’ll find them and what drinks they’ll be ordering with their fellow humans of the Unibar.
Firstly, who are you? Who are James and Rory?
R: I consider myself a poet, a scholar, a philosopher perhaps. Most other people will tell you I’m a stinky first-year with too much time on his hands. These people are liars, and you should not trust them or give any credibility to their salacious rumour-mongering.
J: I’m James.
Where did this come from? Are you surprised at the reaction you have gained?
J: Look, if we’re being honest, this whole experiment formed at the very heart of our page, the Unibar itself. We were two or more jugs deep and thought hey, why not. Woke up the next morning and were administrators to our dear love child.
R: I was doing some photographic work for the University Union and had my camera on me afterwards; we started joking about Humans of New York and all the subsequent parodies that could arise from it. We intended for the page to be a joke amongst ten or fifteen friends, but if people find it funny it’s their funeral. We’re genuinely surprised that people enjoy it as much as they do, but its just fantastic that people want to see more content.
If you were to describe your ideal “human,” what would their characteristics be? Do you have a favourite human yet or is it too soon to pick just one?
R: Well she’s about 5”4’, shoulder length brown hair, and she writes for the Adelaidian [laughs].
J: Someone that isn’t as sad as I am, I don’t know, next question please.
What’s your go-to Unibar drink on a Friday (or any day, really)?
R: Usually we’d line ourselves up with two jugs of Pale between us, eventually you’re feeling loose enough that the idea of binge-drinking in the middle of a 9-5 day is completely acceptable behaviour and definitely won’t carry over into your time in the workforce or into later life.
J: Two jugs of Cooper’s pale and the touch of a woman.
Last drinks are called- does the two-man party keep kicking and if so where would we find you?
J: Yeah of course, you can usually find us at Rocket, the Austral or Electric Circus.
R: You can find me at Rocket standing on the balcony and staring out over the city that I call home, enveloped in a layer of second-hand smoke like some kind of discount Hindley Street Batman. If I’m not there I’m probably at the Exeter, injecting valuable capital back into the state economy via the purchase of a $10 pint.
Finally, one day you two will graduate! If this is your legacy on Adelaide Uni, are you indifferent to it being this? Will HOAU end with Rory and James or is it too soon to think about that?
R: That’s actually a very good question. I’d like to think that by that time we leave the page would be popular enough around the Unibar for someone with the right kind of humour to seamlessly jump into the role when we’re through with it. It’s not something we think about too hard, it really depends on how much people want the damn thing to keep on going. So if its still funny by then, then im sure there’ll be no problem finding someone else to take on the mantle.
J: I don’t have any interest in graduating soon.