That said I’ve realised that I’m more interested in mixing my two passions – standup and theatre. Lots of stand ups I know are really critical of new stand ups who perform full length shows for not learning the craft on the circuit. I wonder if there is another way – because I’ve a huge amount of experience of theatre and the show I want to do is not straight stand up maybe it makes sense to try and develop my craft in a theatrical rather than a club setting. That said I’d love to do a weekend club set playing songs and dicking around.
Anyway, at present I find myself with a few different sets:
- MC – This I’m enjoying more and more although I sometimes think I go for the safe gig and retreat from being quite as explosive as I can be. Afterwards I wonder why my improv is paired back when I do it but upped when I’m doing set pieces.
- Storytelling #1 – This is my meta theatrical storytelling set which has become really easy to do and works every time.
- Storytelling #2 – This is a work in progress. The first draft lasted about 25 mins so it’s gradually getting to a manageable length at around 15 mins. I think this could be quite special but need the time to finish it!
- Musical Comedy – This is the loosest thing I do at the moment. I have a series of songs (which you can hear on here) which I loosely weave together with a bit of chatting. It’s not quite clever or structured enough and is a little work in progress. All the songs need pairing down but I feel confident I could get a strong 20 out of this eventually.
Finally an idea I had the other week about mixing storytelling with music and looping and vocals, in a one-man band style show, maybe mixing in projection and possibly imagery.. The first draft is below here so see what you think – it’s not that funny because I did it in about 20 mins and was mostly focused on the music…. I’m ideally looking for an illustrator to work with to create the background montage – I’d want to make it as a recorded show but then translate it into a live 50 minute piece. There would be bits of stand up in there as well (although not jokes, I don’t do them, just long winding anecdotes that end with the phrase, “so yeah…” and an eerie silence.
I’m in Edinburgh next week so do drop me a facebook message and we can go for a beer or two (and I’m performing, see the gig calendar on my homepage!). Right that’s enough from me. Take care, Sam x