Random Thoughts

Animation as a second string to the comedy bow

Thinking about my show has got me wondering about other ways to entertain the audience for an hour. My main concern is that it’s difficult to keep people focused and interested for such a long time.

Therefore I want to explore the option of animation and voice overs. There’s loads of videos on YouTube that have become very popular and really boosted people’s careers far quicker than a year of stand up gigs playing to an audience of 13 people.

I have always loved animation, the freedom and flexibility of this medium. I also love comedy voice overs, where someone has taken original footage and added their own twist on it.

I love the twist on Eddie Izzard’s stand up material involving the Death‐Star Canteen where they have built the video around existing audio, or Nigella Lawson Talks Dirty where film footage has been recut and edited to form its own film.

There is also the brilliant Snatch‐Wars where they have merged footage from Star Wars with audio from Snatch. All three are brilliantly different ways to create comedy.

I would love to explore these avenues and start creating my own as another angle to my comedy; there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Dan Tambling is a stand-up comedian, sketch comedy writer, actor and producer of ‘12 sketches in a London house’. This is his blog.

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