Random Thoughts

I’m at a comedy crossroads: meet Janine Newberry

Oh man, once again I am at a crossroads. Though this time it’s a comedy crossroads.

The main concern is the fact that stand up comedy is only one angle of comedy and there are millions… ok several, other ways to make people laugh.

I need to focus and move my energy into stuff which will move me to the next step. Obviously I could do stand up for the next 10 years and, bang, become the best stand up in the universe. Though this might just result in my losing my wife and kid as well as house and sanity along the way.

I could try sketch shows or writing for other comics, MC or make short films, go back to architecture (hell no!) or busk on the street, set up more comedy venues or or or or… I need some help putting this all back into place.

Janine Newberry - Founder of the 'Discovery Session'

Janine Newberry — Founder of the ‘Discovery Session’

Meet Janine Newberry, she’s one of those experts who help people see the wood from the trees. It seems so obvious when she explains things, but if it was that obvious then we would all glide through life effortlessly making all the right decisions.

We focused on the main goals, the biggies, the goals that take 5 – 10 years to achieve. Followed by the middle goals and mini goals and the next steps.

I decided on the following main goals:

  1. To have a ‘sell out O2’ successful stand up performance
  2. To perform a successful comedy show on the radio
  3. Be a creator/director of a successful sitcom/sketch show
  4. Write a short comedy film which is filmed and aired
  5. Earn over 200k a year

Ok, so those are some big boy goals, and the only way to get to these goals is to break them down into smaller goals and then break those goals into smaller stepping stone goals.

It was a good session and allowed me to refocus on what I wanted to achieve. The next thing was to decide the next thing to do…

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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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