Random Thoughts

Struggling to give 100% to the Comedy Course

I’m finding it really strange, I just can’t seem to let go of serious Dan and give more to the exercises we do on the comedy course.

Generally when I’m in a conversation or explaining something in ‘normal’ land, I’m relaxed, non serious and I might even add a funny voice or plenty of over‐animated body movements. I feel completely in the moment, not thinking for a second that I might look silly. During the comedy course, I find myself feeling very conscious when performing in front of the group, but the second I’m not performing and the group are chatting normally, the normal Dan pops out again. Why is that ladies and gentlemen?

It’s really frustrating as my brain just seems to slow down dramatically. Sometimes even going blank as soon as I’m asked to perform. Is this because I’m learning or because I can feel my ‘inner critic’ subtly getting me to question if what I’m doing is correct or funny.

Damn you inner critic.

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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