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Bad dream, or should I say NIGHTMARE!


Oh man, last night I had a seriously clear dream that I can still see now. It was my first stand up comedy disaster dream, or should I say nightmare! It was like one of those exam dreams where you missed the deadline and fail your whole degree!

Any dream translators out there, please, let me know what this dream means? (Well unless it’s bad and then keep it to yourself… )

I was about to do my stand up set and I was standing in the wings, just behind a red curtain. The stage was quite large as if it was a theatre, actually it looked a bit like the stage they use in X‐Factor, but the audience were sitting on those cheap metal fold away chairs, in a field. They were looking up at this, now temporary, stage and it was pouring with rain. Some of them had umbrellas, but most were getting soaked!

I notice a guy on stage and he is basically dying (not literally dying, I mean in a jokes not exactly working kinda way), it’s bad, really really bad. The audience look seriously unimpressed. Logan, my comedy course tutor, appears from nowhere looking very distressed. He was clearly looking for something or someone to save this rather poor rainy daytime show.

I hear myself say “Should I go on and compere a bit to keep the audience happy?” He replies “Actually Dan, that would be a terrible idea, as all your sentences make no sense at the ends!”

Shit, I suddenly realise my family and friends are in the audience.

Crumbs I hope this isn’t a future vision of my first gig. Better reject all gigs that involve fields, and rain.

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


  1. Kathleen Sullivan

    Classic anxiety dream, I’d say.

    And, as the saying goes, ‘If you’re not living on the edge then you’re taking up too much space.’

    The ‘ends of sentences’ in stand‐up are punchlines. So I presume this is just an anxiety dream about your punchlines not working very well. And you don’t want to lose face in front of family and friends.

    I guess you could see this dream as a gift. It shines a light on what’s most important to you right now and makes you focus on what to do next to make sure that your ‘ends of sentences’ make sense…and make people laugh.

    Here’s to anxiety dreams!

    February 3, 2014 · Reply

    1. Dan

      I totally agree, it’s those endings a.k.a ‘Afterthoughts’, that I’m working on as we speak. Though I’ve now realised that as long as the audience is enjoying the story and laughing, there doesn’t need to be this massive end.

      February 4, 2014 · Reply

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