Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Burlesque Comedian: A Night of Tassels.

What's this? A blog without a video? What's going on? May has been an interesting month so far in my little comedy world so I thought we could play a bit of catch up!

May 1st: A Night of Varietease. This was an interesting one, I was the only comedian on a bill of variety acts. Little did I know before turning up that most of the variety acts were Burlesque, it turned out to be quite the experience. The girls had asked me the day before if I would mind being in their dance telling me all I had to do was sit oblivious to them reading a magazine. It was only when I arrived and I was told that "you can give us a glance when we start taking our clothes off" that I realised what sort of dance it was. I didn't wear any tassells sadly but lets just say I had some very close to my face. I had people coming up to me in the interval complimenting how well I did to not actually look with one man saying that he would never have been able to do that. What can I say, years of acting has finally paid off.

My set itself went alright. I went on at 23:30 and one lady in the front row was actually nearly asleep. My improvised material went down the best, mainly because it was about burlesque dancing. I was quite handily able to start with "remember me from earlier? yeah, the man sitting reading a magazine. I think other stuff was happening as well". The entire room was definitely up for rudeness so my less family friendly material went down really well, whereas my observational material was greeted with a room filled with smiles but very little laughter. What was I to expect being the only comic performing almost at midnight nearly 3 hours into the night? It was a great laugh nonetheless.

The whole night is a one I won't forget and I can now officially say I have taken part in a Burlesque routine, so that's another tick off my list of life goals.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Force Feeding Comedy

Last Friday I had a gig which has quite easily taken the title 'Weirdest Gig Ever' (This title is completely unique to everyone and can be lost to future gigs if they prove to be weirder).

The vlog pretty much sums everything up and is definately worth watching (quite honestly, it's hilarious).

Let me set the scene. Myself, George Zach, Christan Steel and Sean Turner travelled to a small village/street with houses near Penrith. We entered the venue for the evening, a large room in a building behind a hotel. We had a stage, a mic with sound system, lights, balloons and other decorations. It was a cabaret night so their were the appropriate round tables to sit at. It looked to be a good gig exept we were missing one vital component; an audience. 4 people turned up and bought tickets (to get them refuned of course). Whispers were in the air about whether any of us were going to be performing or if we were off home. After a while the organiser decided that we could perform in the dining room of the hotel.

The dining room was filled with diners all of which were there to eat. No one could have expeced that a comedy night was going to start, but it did. Right in their faces. They kept on eating and rightfully so. I'm surprised no one got angry (some people took a long time to smile that's for sure). George and Sean went first and let's just say it went as well as could be expected (I cannot recommend the video enough). Luckily by the second half (yes we had a break, where everyone just carried on doing exactly what they were doing before the 'break' began) Christian was able to win them over and so when I went on things were a little less bleak. After about 6 minutes on stage/corner of carpet it even started to feel like a comedy night with people laughing like I would expect them to. I'm under no allusions that if I went on first I would have not been greeted with the same silence that greeted George, it just so happened that when I went on they were just starting desert and when they finished (probably about 6 minutes in I imagine) I had their attention. I say had their attention, I should probaly say stole. I think by the end of the night most people in the room had come to terms with the fact that they were part of a comedy night whether they liked it or not!

It is definately a night none of us will forget that's for sure.

Public Vlogging - Northumberland Street

So far my vlogs have been mostly away from people, for the reason being that pointing a camera at yourself is weird. I think it seems quite natural to the viewer of the video, but anyone seeing it being recorded would think "what on earth is he doing?" It's natural to avoid unnecessary judgement from random strangers, however it comes to mind that stand up comedy is essentially putting yourself forward to be judged by a crowd of random strangers. Using that logic it should be easier to walk through a crowd of people than perform stand-up comedy because they are not expecting you to do anything, it's just that initial fear of the unknown.

I've been thinking, this isn't the first time I've done something like this. I did a vlog on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh during the Fringe and I didn't think anything of it. The difference is on the Royal Mile you can be doing the most outrageous thing and people will see it as a normal occurance (depending on the thing of course, if you're chopping your arm off, well that's not normal, quite the opposite if I'm honest and probably unnessary. I would rethink doing that before you do it because to me it isn't worth it, unless it magic then well done, very impressive.)

Roadtrip to Leeds!

Myself, Nat Wicks and Jo Law went on a roadtrip to Leeds to do a gig (#19) at Kill For a Seat. Luckily only 4 audience members turned up so no one died.

Have a watch of the vlog to experiance our thoughts before and after the gig!

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MCing a room filled with comedians.

On the 18th April I was MC at Quack Quack yet again (I say yet again, I mean for the second time) and loved it just as much as the first. The room was a bit different however, mainly due to the over abundance of comedians. Only one person out the 25-30 people was non comedy related, but it made for a really nice receptive crowd. I tried out some new material, some of which worked so horribly badly that it actually became hilarious, some of it worked as expected and has made it into my current set. Hope you enjoy the vlog.

The Yoghurt Filled Photoshoot.

Me and Sean had some photo's taken for our Edinburgh Fringe show publicity. I had the idea of eating some yoghurt's while we had our photo's taken. Why you ask? Here was my thinking:

After much thought I came up with the show name 'Making Life Taste Funny'
Sainbury's slogan is 'Making Life Taste Better'
Muiller have the slogan 'Lick the lid of life', so life = yoghurt.
That makes Sainbury's slogan read 'Making Yoghurt Taste Better' which is quite frankly a very narrow market for such a large store to focus on.

Hence the yoghurt eating.

Our show 'Making Life Taste Funny' is on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 5th - 28th August. The Meeting Room @ The Three Sisters. 12 Midday. Absolutely free.

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