Right, if I’m going to be a superstar stand-up comic guy, I will need a few things…
OK, first on the list is a notepad and pen. These are really important and the first thing any comic wannabe needs to have on them at all times. I also use my mobile to store ideas, though there is something so more engaging if you actually write it out by hand.
Ideas and jokes pop up all the time, it could be something you notice a stranger doing out of the corner of your eye, or a random story that evolves whilst messing around with friends. My last entry was when a group of us sitting in a Yoga spa having lunch (random thing to do in Bali) and one of us had ordered nachos with cheese (not me I promise!) which then got delivered to the wrong table, where 5 stick-thin girls were sitting! Shit, they hadn’t eaten any carbs for a month and now there was a delicious carb-pumped plate of nachos covered in dripping cheese and all the extras right in front of them! There’s a joke in there for sure.
Next, once you have enough of these ideas they need to be put together and practiced. I’ve noticed (as I mentioned in my last post) that if I spend too much time writing things out as if it’s an essay, I just kill it completely. The best way I find to sculpt material is to act it out.
Obviously it would be great if we could just build a mini stage in the corner of the flat to practice off. I ran this past Laura and she felt it was a nice idea that maybe we could do in the next house or when I live on my own!
So the next best thing is a mic and stand. I have found that by just letting myself go on the mic and recording it on a dictaphone, I can iron things out or add links without getting concerned about it not being perfect. Also a word of advice, if you do get an amp, try to get a slightly larger one than the one I bought…
So the final thing you need is to keep time. If asked to do 5 minutes and you accidentally clock up 28, this might look a little unprofessional and will certainly piss off any comics performing after you. I was advised to get the Casio Futurist Watch, due to the fact it has a silent vibration mode, so you know when your 5 mins is almost up and don’t run over. In some clubs there will be a red light at the back of the room, though I’d advise relying on yourself. Also, in a competition if you over run it’s an instant disqualification!