It’s that time again… this is our 7th event at the Underground Comedy Club and once again I am trying something a little different…
Obviously we will be having 4 pro acts and it’s the same venue, so no need to panic. I’m referring to my MC stuff. This time I’ve gone back to using visuals on the screen as part of my material on stage during the night, i.e. the intro to the night, the intro to the acts and hopefully a bit of promotion of what they are doing next, and obviously a way of sewing the night together.
Naturally it’s a risk and once again risks shouldn’t really be tried out on a pro stand-up night where people have paid money to be entertained.
Oh well I’ll never learn. Well actually it’s the excitement that comes with the risk that I really like. In the same way that repeating and tweaking the same material over and over is kinda what doesn’t excite me at all.
Preparing for tonight over the least month has been a tricky one. Only 16 tickets sold a day or two before and I had struggled to hand out any flyers. Also I hadn’t really done much advertising, paid or unpaid. Where had this month gone?
I wanted to be super prepared tonight and arrived at 4pm to set up. I ran through my material and tweaked any visuals in need of tweaking (which was lucky as I ended up tweaking every single one).
The speakers were good, the music was good (I had spent a few hours today selecting slightly more up-beat tunes) lighting was all good. We were ready. Adam Rushton, who had helped me set up the Underground Comedy Club all those months ago, would be opening tonight. We had never met before, but when we did it was like we had know each other for years.
7.30pm doors open
Number clicker in one hand and ink stamper in the other I was ready. The rooms filled quite quickly, people were getting drinks and ordering food. At 8pm it was time to kick off. I looked at my rather geeky number clicker: ‘0041′ …game on.
I walked on stage and started with my visual props (on the TV), they went down well. Phew, first laughs in the bag, it was working well.
And more importantly…
News of the Week: Remembrance Day
It was time for our opener to do his stuff. Adam Rushton who had recently done his first solo Ed Fringe show, and who had also been filming for the Armed Forces TV, told the audience about his life in the Navy.
Stories of games involving people being Duct-taped to the ceiling and filling baths with wee went down very well. The night was going well, all the comics were turning up on time and I felt very relaxed and in control this month. I was so glad I went with my gut instinct of using the visuals and making the MC role a more playful one.
Next up was Olaf Falafel, known as Sweden’s 8th funniest Comedian and recently winner of some big boy competitions. My link to his material was to talk about:
News of the Month: Movember
Olaf literally destroyed the audience. They were crying with laughter from the second he walked on and continued for the whole 20 mins. He had the perfect balance of jokes and stories, it was simply brilliant. If you have a venue, book him now.
To be continued…