Random Thoughts

Carnival thoughts and reflection on progress

OK, so we are into October, and it’s not looking amazing for the comedy. I have spent the whole month writing the material for the carnival and I have 5 mins of material, which still needs a lot of work.

How did this happen? It seems to take so long to prep, write, then cut down, it’s ridiculous.

I think the main idea is create a structure and then fill it. Yes brainstorm at the beginning and then re‐organise it. But I had way too much material and then I had to cut loads of it out.

I was, and still am, not convinced by it. I tried the material in a gig, reading from a diary as part of the act. People were engaged, but there were little laughs.

About 5 points were funny, but much of it was not. The question is why was so much of it not funny. Surely as I try again and again each month more things should slip into place. But I felt this was my poorest gig so far. I need to re‐analysis.

I also need to now practice the material in the mirror, as well as recording myself each night delivering whatever I have written. It’ll be a game and see what I come up with each day.

I will stick to MC as it gives me the flexibility to work on material as well as stage time and interacting with the audience. Maybe it’s time to set up a second night for the Underground Comedy Club. Though this night would be aimed at semi‐pro acts. 6 x 10 mins should do it.

I could charge just £4 to get in 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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