Overcoming nerves

(I told you I’d be back!) It’s natural to be nervous doing stand up, even at the 2 men and half a dog level I’m at. I used to think they were a good thing, that I needed the energy from them. But it wasn’t helping. I’d fluff lines. I wouldn’t interact with the audience. … Continue reading

Confidence in my material

I’ve decided¬† that confidence in my material is quite an important thing. I mean this is in two ways. 1. I need to be confident that I’ll remember my material. Obviously. 2. I need to be confident that it’s funny. The second is the most important as if I don’t believe it’s funny and sell … Continue reading

Well that’s January for you

Not only is it cold and dark but I’m ill as well. At least it has given me some time to catch up my iplayer “to watch” list. Saw episode 2 of um… Episodes. It’s not as bad as everyone says but feels like it ought to have been better. I’m not the first person … Continue reading

Venue Review: Dead Comedian’s Socks

Last night I was at Dead Comedian’s Socks, ably MC’ed by Frank Cassidy. It’s downstairs at Dirty Dicks (be careful how you google that!), just by London’s Liverpool Street station. The night gets through 18 open spots of new acts or new material plus a circuit regular doing ten minutes at the end.¬†To keep it … Continue reading

I’m on tonight at Dead Comedian’s Socks

I’m on tonight at Dead Comedian’s Socks. Come down to Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London , EC2M 4NR.

Link: Comedy Store – King Gong

Adding the Comedy Store as a potential gig would be a little hubristic if it wasn’t for King Gong. I haven’t had the balls to do it yet. Maybe I’ll see you there if I grow a pair.

How not to be a stand up comedian

I’m not sure how to be a good stand up yet, but my sojourn on the open mic circuit has taught me a lot about how not to be a good stand up comedian. I thought I’d share my accumulated wisdom with you now. If the audience didn’t laugh, it’s probably because they didn’t hear … Continue reading

Losing my voice

I don’t mean a frog in my throat (although I have had that for a few weeks – my voice has been fading out as I talk, just like the end of a pretentious film). I mean my voice as a comic. Although technically you have to have one to lose it. I have just … Continue reading

Promoting a (Professional) Comedy Night

Hopefully I will be, starting in March. Out in Reading. Watch this space.

Microphone Practice

How many comedians own their own mic and practice with it? Ideally you’d also need an amp and maybe headphones so you can get used to the sound of your own voice. Trouble is some people would never ever leave the house again if they could listen to themselves all day long. Just a random … Continue reading