Random Thoughts

There’s more than one way to skin a comedy Cat

After performing 4 gigs in a row, in different locations to different audiences (or no audience in one gig.…) I was exhausted, and felt a regroup was in order.

It wasn’t the fact that I have performed 4 x 10mins sets. (that was the fun part)

It’s the:

  • Travelling for hours (1.30hrs each way sometimes)
  • Cost of travelling to these gigs (unpaid)
  • Waiting for the gigs to start (arriving at 7.30pm for a gig to start at 9.30pm instead 8pm)
  • Waiting to perform as the order is decided on the night (3hrs wait is my best so far)
  • The gigs are at night time, so when you get home you feel destroyed the next morning.

Every comic I have spoken to has said that’s the way it is.

I should actually be doing more gigs and doubling up on the nights as well! Christ, I have to be honest I don’t think I’ll make it till the end of Jan if I did that.

Ok moan over.

Bottom line: I need to get better known

And I’m not 100% convinced this is the best way forward.

Am I working hard? Yes. Am I working smart? No.

I want to do stand up comedy, but the excess of time wasting activities needs to be removed. The only way to do that is… umm, well just that: remove all the ‘Time wasting activities.’

I actually did this with architecture, you guys remember I used to do that architectural stuff right, or as a builder once summed it up as:

You sit behind a desk playing with Lego and drawing nice images of buildings with crayons, right…?”

What I did was I analysed all aspects of the architectural services we offered and removed all the areas which involved ‘time wasting activities’ and bang, the company was a massive success.

Therefore I have decided the only way forward is to either find an agent who will book only gigs that will be aimed towards progression or to take control and put on more of my own events.

I think I’ll start with increasing the number of my own events. That way I will know exactly what time everything starts and finishes, when I am on stage, where the venue is, if it suddenly gets cancelled etc. Problem solved… I think one event a week should do it. Then once it’s all going well maybe I should start inviting agents to the nights and see if any of them are interested in taking me on.


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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