Meet my new Meet Up Group

A new chapter.….

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I have set up a Meet Up Group. Yes that’s right, I have decided that as the number of members of Two Sugars is dwindling, we will need replacements very soon. Though all jokes aside, it’s a great way to meet people, learn new skills and pass on skills at the same time.

I don’t really know what to expect, or who will attend, though I filled out the details and description of the group and lets see what happens. I wanted to see if we could write sketch comedy material on a Monday and rehearse, film edit and launch it in a week…every week. This will be the challenge for anyone who is joining the group.

It does sound impossible, though I want to attact proactive people who had the skills to hit the ground running.

And wow a load of people turned up! I couldn’t believe it.…As I looked at the eager people, who where looking back at me. I suddenly realised I hadn’t really prepared anything.…shit

I naturally had expected that only sketch writers with loads experience to turn up and we would hit the ground running. Though a real mix of people turned up wanting to get involved. As we discussed everyone skills and ideas, I realised that hitting the ground running would be a little tricker that first thought.

I decided to do a quick exercise and got everyone into groups to see what they could do, with the intention of performing their 1 – 2min sketch right there and then. It was really interest as some people created quick fun ideas, which go a laugh and others didn’t quite gets anything onto paper.

As I walk home, I realised that the brief for the group needed to be changed. I need to get everyone up to speed before we can create anything.

Therefore next session will be a learning session, and actually the next 5 – 10 session could be the same. Shit this isn’t what I signed up for.…balls am I getting distracted again?

Surely I want to spend my time writing sketches, not teaching others how to do that? right?

Though I do recall teachers and tutors always saying they learn as much from their student as the student learn from them..also it is nice to give back and help others…I think I’ll stick with the group and see what happens.

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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