I’ve just had gig #3 (this time at the lovely Hot Water Comedy Club). It was the first gig I’ve really enjoyed I think while performing but also one where I think I might have learnt a lot about myself as a performer, myself as a crazy knobhead, but also, crucially, my material.
So what did I learn (I hear you ask!)…
Well.. In no particular order.
- When I have a gig in the evening I feel sick for the entire day and don’t want to eat, even when at a lovely restaurant with my beautiful girlfriend.
- I also need to wee an incredible amount prior to the gig. I mean seriously, I am probably the most dehydrated person in the UK right now. 6 pisses is not natural. But less pisses than my first gig (#8).
- The stress disappears when I’m backstage for the 20 mins before i’m due to go on.
- My opening is good, however after 5 mins I lose the audience.
- Being too self referential, or comedy referential, isn’t interesting to your average audience.
- Sometimes you need a cock joke up your sleeve to bring the audience back.
- Talking to the audience and ad-libbing from that is easy, delivering material to mix in with it isn’t.
- Sometimes heckers won’t give up
- I mean seriously won’t give the fuck up.
- I mean, stop it.
- In that situation it’s very difficult for anyone, especially a new act, so I shouldn’t read too much into one guy throwing the second half of my set.
- I should, however, read in that the second half of my set wasn’t interesting or funny enough to make the audience self-police. This I will address.
- Some comedians are so bad they’re good. Some comedians are deliberately bad and are amazing. Some comedians are neither. Some are one. Some are the other.
- What I was trying to say in #13 is there is variation.
- Comedians are, I have to say, some of the kindest, most supportive people I have met.
- Nothing unites a group of comedians like a heckler in the 3rd row.
- Worrying about whether I’m dressed right for my act is pointless until I have a better act.
- I need my act to be bulletproof. And it will be. Watch this space.