Random Thoughts

What have I learnt today?

Phew…I survived.

The 3 min routine I performed in the 6th session of the comedy course went really well, I couldn’t believe it.

I started with my impromptu stuff about getting married, and then I accidentally moved back into my planned routine about Bali which I thought I’d given the kiss of death. By writing out what I wanted to say almost word for word, I’ve realised that I remove all the excitement and life out of the story. And then by re-writing and re-re-writing it all, I become completely bored with the routine.

I think back to our first session where Logan Murray explained that even though he had told the same story a hundred times, it was never the same story.

I feel this has been a really valuable lesson to learn. I will now stick to more bullet points, and instead of writing, I am going to create visuals within my head and just play them over and over. I also feel I should purchase a mic and stand so I can practice telling these stories, whilst recording them in case better material pops out unexpectedly.

I also learnt from today’s session that I have to get even more involved, play more and act more, moving away from my controlled architectural background and into the messing around stuff. I suppose it’s the fear of looking like a complete dick. Though, that’s what a comic is, isn’t it?

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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