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GICF Solo Show – (J)ordinary World, 12th March 2016

After a couple of years away from stand-up, during which I wrote 150 articles for my Embrace The Absurdity blog, I have decided to do my first solo show this year. Poster, descriptions, and ticket links follow below. I hope you can make it along, I expect it to be a one-off.

If you buy tickets online in advance, you will be entered into a draw to win some comedy DVDs – details here.

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Gig 3: SCOTY Gong Show, The Ivory, 28th Nov 2010

Stage time is notoriously hard to come by, and with reference to advice on the Scottish Comedy Forum, I’ve decided to not turn down any gig. So, when the Scottish Comedian of the Year Gong Show announced it was open for entries, I put my name forward. The premise is simple enough, and follows the format of what constituted primetime television entertainment in the Seventies: every act gets a minute’s grace, and in the four minutes after that he can be gonged off at any point if two of the three audience gong cards are held aloft.

I arrived first, having braved the snow in the hope that the weather would have put off some of the competition. Of course, eleven other comics all turned up with the same hope. Some faces I knew, some I had seen or spoken to previously, but this was the first chance I had to spend some time in ‘comedian’s corner’ with them, waiting to go on. And therefore, also the first time some of them got to see me perform. I say perform…

In truth, I was up sixth or seventh (names were drawn from a hat to establish the running order), and got maybe five or six jokes out before the gong came. I lasted, if memory serves, one minute and five seconds. But, for all that, I was happy that I’d managed half a dozen laughs in that time, and Alan Anderson (the organiser and compere) had the decency to take the heat off by explaining to the audience after my set that it “was only my third or fourth gig”.

I’d deliberately cut the bulk of my “middle initials” bit, and thought about rearranging the order of my material – should I do the one-liners first, but maybe lose them after my minute’s grace? Or do the longer stuff first before they got the chance to gong me, but then maybe lose them before I got as far as the one-liners? In the end, I did as much of my set as I could in the same order as I did at The Buff Club a few days previously, because these things are impossible to predict anyway so I figured I’d stick to what I know. And ultimately, I was only doing it for the experience.

So I haven’t dwelled on it too much, I got some decent laughs and some stage time, met some people and some people met me, and saw some funny comedy. Ed Cassidy went through, as did YouTube sensation The Wee Man – both lasted the full five minutes, and in the cheer-off it was impossible to gauge an outright winner. I was glad to see Richard Gadd and Asim Ali again, both of them entertain me greatly, and I very much enjoy Ross Main’s “Dave Reaper” character/song. It was also good to put faces to names I know from the Scottish Comedy Forum, and so overall I’m glad I took part. Good luck to all the contenders in this week’s final.

Gig 1: The Halt Bar 2nd Nov 2010

My first ever gig, for which I’d spent the previous three weeks writing and learning some material. Kind of. I’d written it, anyway, and thought I’d learn (and time) it closer to the day. The week previous I won tickets to see Alice Cooper on Halloween, and meet him after the show, so my weekend before the gig was taken up somewhat by an 800-mile round trip to London, with little sleep, on crowded trains (standing room only on the way down, thanks for that Virgin).

The day of the gig, I practised my set over and over aloud, working out how much (or rather, how little) of my six-page routine I could do in five minutes. I got the basics down, wrote myself a ‘cheat sheet’ of reminders, and copied it onto my hand in time-honoured tradition.

I was placed second in the second half, by which point the audience numbered forty or so, and followed Malky, the promoter and co-ordinator of Pop-Up Comedy. Now, given the nature of his material and style, the other comedians were cheering the stock jokes he’d been doing for a few shows now and hurling occasional abuse. A lassie came in at this point, thought it was the norm to shout at the guy onstage, and so as soon as I started she joined in. And kept fucking going. I made the point that I was new early on, that started her off, and then there was no stopping her. I’m told one of the other comedians on the circuit (not performing that night) had a quiet word and told her to “give him a chance”. Naw. I’d written half a dozen heckler putdowns, but hadn’t learned them since the New Act Night is introduced by the compere saying “It’s a new act night, so heckle me but not them.” She missed that part. I used the one I could remember, and just reacted naturally for the rest – a fair few comedians have since said I handled it well, which was nice of them.

Anyway, I got through what I could remember, having taken advice on the Scottish Comedy Forum to film my first spot, firstly as adrenaline would mean I forgot most of how it went, and secondly as a reference to refine and hone my material. Which I’ve since done. For posterity, though, here is the video of my first EVER stand-up comedy spot, compered by Chris Henry, filmed by Matthew Cowan at The Halt Bar in Glasgow, with thanks to Pop-Up Comedy for the spot.