Sunday, 30 January 2011

Aceness on the horizon.

"Did you get through to the semi finals?" I hear you ask. Well thank you for taking an interest, but sadly not. I didn't really expect to get through, although if I'm honest after all the acts had performed I felt I was in with a chance. My set went well (gig 12 for the record) even though it was the most nervous I have been yet (I don't know why, it's something about competitions I think) and all my improvements went down really well. It's a great feeling when you know you have turned one of the weakest parts of your set into one of the strongest (purely going by the audiences reaction here, it still has to be tried out a few more times).

I thought the set went really well and even though I didn't get through to the next round I remind myself that the material I was using was (and is) my first attempt at stand-up comedy. I believe things will only get better as I write more, gain confidence, 'find my voice' etc and that. A proposed festival show is on the horizon and I have also been sketch writing (and rewriting some old favourites) which you can expect to appear on the old You Tubes. All in all, this year is going to be ace.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

"I might just drop my set and talk to the audience"

Saturday night was an interesting gig. Let me set the scene. It was a charity night consisting of singers and comedians. There was also a band (who were about 13) a 45 minute raffle and a number of unnecessary intervals, one of which had a singer playing through it, which made it no different to the first singer as everyone was talking anyway.

Rather than bunch the comedy together, it was spread out over everything. The last comic didn't go on until 11, 3 hours into the night. 80% of the audience was underage, we even had a few children. To top it off the audience was 10 feet away from the stage. Despite all this madness, it was one of the most invigorating gigs I have done yet.

I had planned a good 10 minute set. But before going on I said to the other comics I might just drop it and talk with the audience. Sean mumbled words of doubt, George said I had nothing to loose. I was also told that someone at my previous gig thought I lacked any connection with the audience, which is right, so far I have never deviated from my scripted set to interact with the audience. To be honest, I was dying to try it out.

I enjoyed it a lot. I tried out my new audience interaction punch line, which went down a treat, but I dropped everything else. When I sat back with the comedians the first thing said to me was 'where the hell did that come from?'

Really want to try my hand at being MC. I have had plenty of experience talking to audiences through all the shows, plays, revues I've done as well as the numerous events I've hosted. Want to make an auction entertaining? I'm your man. To MC would be amazing. I feel my opportunity to give it a try is just round the corner.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Eyes on the Quarter Final.

Last Saturday I took part in a heat for the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year competition. I got through! Just. You win by audience vote (10 voting sheets in the audience plus a few in the hands of promoters) so I took a good crowd along. My crowd of 11 only got 1 sheet so I don't think they made a massive difference. Anyway, to get through you need to get in the top 4. God knows where I came, not in the top 4 if your wondering. Luckily for me the MC had a selection of Wild Cards that he could use on people who didn't get through but he thought should get through. I fell into that catagory and hence I'm in the Quarter final.

The set itself is pretty refined now. Went down a treat I thought (and everyone I took agreed, of course, I guess they don't count). I have been looking through it this week and there are one or two places it could be improved quite a bit. I have a week to get that sorted. I have got two gigs before that, been working on my 10 minute set (which I have only performed twice), which is basically my 5 minute set plus an extra 5 minutes. Never say I am not educational.

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