Random Thoughts

So what am I going to do now?

Now the Underground Comedy Clubs are hibernating, I have all this strange stuff called ‘free time’

Oh hang on, there’s the sketch comedy, stand up, video clips, animation and voiceover stuff to work on.…. shit

Thought which one should I focus on?

I want to be a much better comic and the only way to do that is to get back on that stage and practice my material. Not only that, I want to practice being ME on stage, being Dan who is naturally funny.

To be comfortable on stage and try out lots of different things. Not the same boring shit over and over like so many other comics (sorry though it’s true, I have seen quite a few comics repeating a 10 min set almost word for word over and over for the last 18 months!)

Maybe if I focus on having fun this year and see what happens, crumbs it might be the only thing I haven’t tried so far.

The options are:

  1. Sketch comedy: Well that is really good fun, so that is possible. This will also allow me to write and therefore open a door to write for other sketch groups. This would fulfil performing, being creative and running with spontaneous ideas.
  2. Writing a sitcom: Well I have very little experience in writing sitcoms, in fact it’s zero. So that would be a tricky thing to pull off. Well unless I had someone writing it with me (by chance I met two different writers last week!) This would really be a challenge but a great way to get up the comedy ladder.
  3. Stand up comedy: I haven’t given this a really good shot yet. I was distracted by the venue and now I need to just focus on the gigs, writing material and getting paid gigs. It’s the strongest way of getting paid and is a step forward in getting known. But the pay is quite poor. Even comics who have 5 – 10 years under their belts are still getting quite crap fees for an evening’s performance.
  4. Filming random shit every week: This is a way of getting a huge amount of content out there. This would be great as it can be done in the day time, is fun and could also raise my profile as a fun chap.

Naturally a hungry young Dan would go for it, all of it, and see what happens. Though as I am now married and have a little baby person to look after, things are slightly different.

I need to take one option and run with it for 12 months and see what happens… but which one?


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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