Friday, 11 February 2011

My first time as MC.

Last Monday I was Compere at the Quack Quack Comedy Club, and it was amazing. It has been something I have wanted to try for a while and I loved it. Not worrying about a scripted set and just talking with the audience was liberating and I felt I was in my element.

Luckily I knew near enough all of the acts on that night so I didn't have any problems introducing them. By the end of the night it felt like the entire room were all friends, we had the coincidental nurses (they sat next to each other but didn't know each other) talking with the fascinatingly interesting Civil Engineers, I got caught up in gaming conversations with Ubisoft man and then the rest of the room consisted of comedians and comedians friends so everyone got along anyway.

The main thing I had to achieve was to get the audience laughing and warmed up before the first act went on and I succeeded. We had Ben Messenger on first followed by Ben Lowes-Smith, Dave Nietzche (Knee-chair, a clever trick I devised to remember his name), Nat Wicks (a fellow blogger who I met in person for the first time), Nicola Mantalios-Lovett and Sean Turner, the lineup was top quality. I felt I had the audience laughing fairly consistently despite going onto some strange topics (including a vote of how often people go to the toilet, which sparked quite the discussion).

The room was a joy and I cannot wait to do it again. I regard my first time as MC a success and quite look forward to the challenge of a 'difficult room'.


  1. Hooray Graham! Enjoyed th MCing very much, and was shocked when I read you've only done 13 gigs! Is that right? It still doesn't sound right. Was lovely to meet you.

  2. Cheers very much Nat! Yeah last monday was gig 13, got 14 coming this Tuesday at LLC :) I technically did 3 standup sets 2 years ago while at uni, but they weren't comedy gigs so I'm not counting them :P That was #10 for you right? whats this years goal? :)

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