Random Thoughts

Underground Comedy Club presents Ben Norris: Day after

That was intense. The whole night I was on edge. I have no idea why but I didn’t feel prepared, I suddenly wasn’t confident in my material. I seemed concerned the comics wouldn’t arrive in time or at all!

Looking back it doesn’t make any sense. The room was packed, the comics were all great, the audience loved it. We made a profit, and I survived another night of comedy.

Though something didn’t feel right. I just felt that my material or the way I performed my material had let me down.

It could have also been the fact that I was actually the MC and not an act, though in th emend set of an act. Once again these are two very different roles.

The MC is actually supposed to be talking to the audience. getting people involved, getting people to hand over their details, promote the night and the up-and-coming nights, to get those claps going. Not forgetting to introduce the comics and their names.

I need to have material like mini 1 – 2mins of stuff for each time I go on stage and try it out, whilst being in the moment and interacting with the audience. If it doesn’t work, say that and move onto the next joke.

It’s all about relaxing into the role, as that is when I am at my funniest.

I do not need to be as good as the Pro acts

  • Pros have done gigs in their 1000s
  • Semi pros have done around 100 – 300
  • I have only done 18 gigs.

The numbers speak for themselves.

New Rule : Less pressure, more fun

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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