Last weekend I went up to London to see my mate Nickita and her band perform at The Shoreditch in Shoreditch. It was a really cool downstairs venue and after the four acts had performed all of which were great by the way, it turned into a mini nightclub with a DJ. Now being a DJ myself and clearly slightly sad, I always have to check out the equipment they are using in their booth and this night was no exception I just can’t help it, I was subtle though, the sound system was pretty good just in case you were interested. Really good fun night, first time I had been to the place and would certainly go back. If only to see the replica plastic pirate they have by the bar.
I am now three weeks into my eight week Roving Comedy Stand Up Course and absolutely loving it, the three hours on a Thursday fly by because we are as a group having so much fun and basically just messing about and playing around, which is how I have spent much of my time over the last ten years anyway. It is also so interesting and exciting I really feel I am learning lots and I am really looking foward to gig night on Sunday the 1st of July. I just hope I will have my five minute routine perfected by then, although I have got a lot of work to do on it between now and then.
The other day I decided to ask some of comedians I follow on Twitter for some advice about stand up comedy in general and the actual set I am going to be performing at the end of the course at the Roving Comedy night in Tring which kicks off this year’s three week long Tringe Comedy Festival. Marcus Brigstocke told me to “Gig as much as possible, it’s the only way to get good and find out if you can make it work by doing it” Al Murray was kind enough to have a brief chat with me on twitter about it and suggested the following Stage Time is the most important thing and he advised to know how you are going to end the routine and work backwards from that. He did also strongly suggest with six weeks to the gig and no material as such I really should start writing some very quickly. I have taken on board all this advice I can assure you.
The whole course is being filmed by an independent production company who are hoping to sell it to one of the major television networks, so there is a chance the whole process from week one through to the gig could be documented in a TV show, even if it doesn’t I might ask for my own DVD of my experience of it. I always like it when there are cameras around me. I am such a show off. If it is ever to be shown on television do not worry you will be the first to know on here.