Open Mic Gigs

Do I play safe, or try an untested new set?

The pressure’s on as more chums are going to turn up for this Sunday’s gig at the Albany.

Do I do the original material, which went down really well, or risk new material about my Nan, monkeys or Bali? The best thing to do would be to stick with the original material, watch the video from the night, tweak parts that were not as strong and make it even better.

Alternatively, this is a great chance to try out new stuff, giving me twice as much material to work on in the future. In his autobiography Life and Laughing, Michael McIntyre mentions that his first gig at the Comedy Store went so well that they asked him to come back and do 10 mins the following week. He wrote completely new stuff for the longer gig and basically died on stage! He said that looking back he should have kept the initial 5 mins and added 5 more mins to that set.

With this in mind, I am now completely torn…

Christ I have just found out that the Albany Cellar is flooded, so we can not perform there. We have been relocated to the Tommyfields in Kennington!

The Tommyfields - kennington

The Tommyfields — Kennington

The show must go on, but my main concern is that 13 friends from outside London are coming to watch and the fact that it is no longer in central London means that they will probably have to leave to get trains, buses, or donkeys home before the night is over. We’d also organised a meal in a place just off Great Portland St, which would have been perfect for everyone to have just walked from.

Oh, and if you’ll recall, Tommyfields is also the place where I did the competition, which I’m still not convinced went very well!

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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