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anybody here ever done it?
and try to come up with material for the next coupla days?
i've got a few ideas of what subjects i'll go with but no actual jokes or any idea of how i might make them funny yet :D
you're braver than I (I might try and sort one out though, maybe once I've moved out of home though, whenever that'll be). Good luck!
though that, when I was thirteen, I was called up from the audience at some improvised Star Trek parody thing (featuring Dean Haglund from the X-Files and someone from Stargate SG-1) cause they needed a redshirt and I had a red Radiohead shirt on and made one of the cast of Star Trek: Voyager laugh.
SO I'M ALREADY PART OF THE WAY TO CRITICAL ACCLAM
i've spoken to a few people who do stand up about it and it seems to best way to go about this sort of thing is bash out 5 minutes of material and get onstage asap. booking something like this gives you a deadline.
at a local gym for members of a kickboxing dojo.
bit of a tough crowd to be honest.
the guy before me died
and then I ate a burger
and then they found some fossils from the Paleozoic era
I brought the house down and they absolutely pissed themselves
so I'm basically half way there
I did 120-odd gigs a couple of years ago and ran a couple of nights for a year, putting on such mammoth names as Tony Law, Simon Munnery, Daniel Simonsen, Joe Lycett and, unfortunately, Andrew Lawrence.
What would you like to know?
big love for tony law.
do you still do it? any tips for writing a first five minutes and/or doing your first open mic? just any tips or insights in general would be wonderful.
The advice you've had already is pretty much all you need. Just get up and do it. The first time will feel nothing like how you imagined it would, you will get dry mouth and you will forget what you're saying at least once. But after two or three gigs, it slowly starts feeling more natural and the first time you can string together a few decent laughs, you'll be on your way.
There are some other basic things which will help. Take the mic out of the stand and move the stand to take control of the space. Don't look at the floor. Very basic stuff, but you'd be amazed how many first-timers don't do it.
The promoter Spiky Mike sent me this list when I first applied for one of his shows, and I found it helpful.
Advice For New Acts http://forums.chortle.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=10
More Advice http://www.chortle.co.uk/correspondents/2009/01/30/8208/advice_for_new_stand-ups
Great Advice from Gary Delaney http://www.yorkshirecomedy.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1008&highlight=&sid=77ab27e330ebdbd2893ccc9d1578581d
thanks a lot, pegfeet!
a shame that you had to stop doing it though. not the sort of thing you could scale back?
If you want to do it properly, you need to do at least four gigs a week. Which I was doing for about six months. And that involved driving all over the place. You don't tend to get many Friday or Saturday gigs when you're starting, so if you work 9-5 it can be pretty brutal. I was often driving 10-15 hours a week to go to gigs and getting in after 2am two or more nights a week to get up for work at 6am. Not really sure how I did it in retrospect, but that's what you have to do if you want to get anywhere with it, and my friends who are getting somewhere with it are all still doing that. I had Friday and Saturday to spend with my boyfriend but by 9pm on Friday nights I was drifting off and it started to become an issue for us, so I decided to knock it on the head. It was amazing for me in that it really did help me work through a lot of my issues in a really positive way. But there did come a point where I wasn't getting that same feeling of urgency about it, and once you lose that, it does become a completely ridiculous thing to be doing with your time.
Shame. It was probably the best of the three. :(
Think he still does it once a month or so but not sure where