Random Thoughts

It’s important to talk about stuff that’s true to you

We are half‐way through the course and I have noticed there is a lot of emphasis on role playing. Creating characters and idiots through sponatanous role play, resulting in ideas and possible jokes being formed, not forced.

When I was asked to create a bespoke dance during the last session, which represented the struggle of the UN’s triumph over an Africa rebel force. I couldn’t help thinking “Is this really me? Is this the kind of comedy I want to be doing in the real world?”

Naturally I had kept these thoughts quiet for now, reminding myself it’s all part of the course and a way of stripping back the inner demons that were holding me back. Then whilst reading Frank Skinners book “Frank Skinner”, a light bulb goes on:

Eddie and me were chatting on the plane and he said he was planning to use his stand‐up act to talk about the fact that he was a transvestite. He said he thought it was really important to talk about stuff that’s true to you when you’re doing stand up. I agreed with this. It’s why I’ve never been crazy about character comics. You know people who just play a part on stage. I know it can be really funny but, personally, I like to know the person who’s up there. I want their opinion and attitudes. It’s like Wordsworth said about the poet, he should be a ‘man talking to man’. Or woman, obviously. If I want characters, I’ll watch a play.” 

— p 97 Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner, (he referring to a conversation between Eddie Izzard and himself.)

I feel exactly the same. I have spent the last 10 years of my life being honest, accepting who I am and sticking to it. People have mentioned that things a I do or say are a little weird. That’s fine, as it’s my opinion and it’s me being me. I like me being me and I want to talk about stuff thats really important to me.

I feel this is a strong turning point in my comedy career and I will stick to my guns on this one. I want to write about my random life, my stories, dyslexia or being taught by nuns etc. So thanks Frankie, and Eddie too.

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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