Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Stand up

One of the challenges I’ve set myself is to do more stand-up comedy.

This week, I’ve taken a step in the right direction. I left my joke book in Reading (fail) so can’t remember anything I’ve written as I haven’t looked at it since January. But I did come up with something I could do during a short set but as usual on reflection, I don’t think it’s funny and it would involve audience members which would scare me too much. And I have researched open mic places.

I’m struggling to write things to be honest, as said I haven’t really come up with anything for a couple of months. I have a strange writing technique, if you can’t tell I really can’t write anything and most of my comedy is created when I can’t sleep. That time when you’re lying in bed and your mind is racing with idiotic thoughts, for me those thoughts turn into strange rambling stories which I find pretty funny and I drift off to sleep thinking “really hope I can remember that tomorrow”. I never do and then a few days later I’ll suddenly remember it and write it down however, it never seems as funny as when I first thought it up. I can’t decide if this is due to the desperation for sleep making anything funny or my own self-criticism? Due to this I never ever re-read my jokes, once I’ve written them down, they’re never seen again. I do the same when I’m writing an essay: never proof read because if I do I’ll just think “terrible, won’t get anything good from this, why do I bother?” etc.

My second issue with doing this is that I can’t find any open mic nights. I’ve been to one in Reading but it was only musicians going up in a pub. Music is easier at open mic nights; music can play along in the background whilst people can carry on their conversations and the audience can still get a sense of whether it was good or not. However, with comedy, you do need everyone’s full attention otherwise you can’t get a reaction/judge if it’s going well, which means you might as well have stood up in front of teddy bears in your bedroom and lecture at them for 5 minutes. I never know, they may be willing to stop chatting for 5 minutes and listen to someone but I’m not comfortable enough to be the one to test out that theory, if another comic went up first and tried it, then I’d be able to go up after.

I’ve been offered an open mic spot at the Sunday show at Up The Creek in Greenwich as they were the ones who organised Greenwich Comedy Festival, where I did my first show. But it’s an amazing show with top comedians every week. Regulars include: Carl Donnelly, Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi, Pete Firmann, Adam Bloom, Stephen K Amos and Rich Hall etc Imagine if I got put on the same bill as Jon Richardson or Tim Key (who’s been there a couple of times). HA! I’ve already been put on the same bill as Doc Brown, Sara Pascoe and Jarred Christmas and that was hell enough. I would ruin that show for sure. Also it’s late on Sunday and would never get back to Reading for Monday morning. They have started doing a Thursday variety show which I think includes open mic so I might pop down this week and check it out and then if it’s alright I’ll try and get a spot there instead.

I wish I could remember my first gig. It was back in September and I just completely blanked it out. All I remember is getting distracted by two guys in the front who were laughing a lot and really loudly and I kept staring at them thinking “I wish they’d be quiet” until I remembered that was my job. I have spoken to one person who was at that show and she said I was really good but as usual I don’t believe people.

This is longer than I expected it to be.

rx

Monday, 8 March 2010

Good few days for TYSIC

In my previous blog I said that the challenge I was going to start this week was to meet more people in the entertainment business that I admired and liked. As I had tickets to see Derren Brown I thought I should start with him.
I arrived at his show and decided to look for the stage door for after the show which we found very easily. Once his show had finished (which was damn amazing) we hovered around the stage door. A HUGE gathering soon appeared. As there was a around 100 people (I'm bad at estimations but I'm pretty sure it was around that number, I couldn't see the end of the line as it went around a small corner) there was no chance to actually say anything apart "loved the show", but I met him and I haven't met many comedians/entertainers and he was certainly a good man to start with as he was one of the nicest people. Even though he said he wouldn't stop and just carry on signing things so he could get to a dinner reservation, if anyone wanted a photo or wanted to say something to him he happily stopped and chatted to them. I was at the front of the queue so I dread to think how long he was stood out for.


So there's my proof that my first TYSIC was a success. Now lets see if I can carry on meeting people I admire or if I'll soon give up as I worry that I'll come across as I stalkering fangirl.



I decided to get in contact with someone I haven't seen since Dec. We got on really well last term even though we didn't see each other much but we could chat for hours about nonsense. But when the module which we met in finished, we stopped seeing each other/texting so I decided to send one to see if he would reply and he did.

Good few days for me.

rachx

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Well if I hadn't been at work for a large chunk of yesterday I would have posted this when the TYSIC started.

The Ten Year Self Improvement Challenge was set by the wonderful comedian Mark Watson where he asked his fans to set themselves goals which they would battle in the next 10 years and we will all finish on 4th March 2020.

I have set myself some short and long goals for this challenge.:

The short ones include:

Play more music.

Set up comedy society.

Don't be obsessed with saving every single penny.

Do a 2nd/3rd/4th/etc stand up show.

Talk to more people I admire in the comedy bizz.


My Longer ones include

Travel (trying to get to every continent except Antartica)

Be in a strong relationship.

Get a good circle of friends.

Finish my degree and get into UCL for postgrad.

My main one is to get more confident in life. I never do what I want to do as I constantly fret about people not liking me, the risk of failure, always having to think everything through hundreds of times etc etc.

So with this one I want to talk to people I haven't seen in a while, be able to talk on the phone, don't worry if i have a night in, do more things where I'm likely to fail, don't worry what everyone thinks of you and stop thinking that I'm worthless.


Mark's set us a challenge for this week where he wants us to get about doing one of our items.

So my challenge this week:

I'm going to talk to someone I admire.

I'm off to see Derren Brown tomorrow so I am determined to wait around after and have a mini chat with him. Fuck knows what I'm going to say to him. I always want to meet comedians/entertainers I like but never bother as I always think "why the hell would they care what I have to say to them".

So this mini-challenge will also incorporate my wish to get more confident and not worry what other people think.

When I meet comedians I always worry that people will think I'm a fangirl, this was due to when I meet the boosh a couple of people had a go at me for it because I asked for a picture. Which apparently is an awful thing to do when these fans kept talking to them when they were chatting to their own friends. (words really affect me and are largely responsible for who I am today).


One other thing I did today was delete all my previous posts, they were just too depressing and I don't want reminders of that.


Best of luck to everyone else taking part in TYSIC

Rachel.


(P.S. I would link to Mark's fansite and blog but that is too technical for me)