May 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Friday night saw me make my fifth appearance at Lancaster’s Spotlight. Along with SOS Comedy and Magical Animals, it’s one of the nights at which I always love performing, largely because I have the freedom to perform the sort of material that I really want. Whenever I return to a venue that I’ve played before, I try to do completely different material (where possible). Thanks to this blog, I have a record of everything I’ve ever done at Spotlight, and so I was able to cobble together an entirely new (for the venue) 10-minute set. Well, I was supposed to do a 10 minute set, but I suspected I actually had 12 or 13 minutes of material.
There was nothing of note to report in the build up, so here’s my set:
Freddie Mercury joke 1 – It’s nice to start with a quick joke, even if it’s a crap one. This particular one is also the set up to a running gag, and it also provided a nice segue into…
Some jokes – I came up with a nice new way of introducing the ‘joke book’ section, which I’m sure I’ll use again. I picked the jokes from ones I’ve tried out at the Beech Inn since December, which was when I made my last appearance at Spotlight (Gig 92).
Christ’s Conkers – I first gave this a whirl at Gig 109, just a few days earlier. It started life as a potential ‘joke book’ joke, but it became apparent that I could really over-egg the set-up. The version I did here had developed quite a bit from it’s first run out, even though they were separated by a few days.
Freddie Mercury joke 2 – This isn’t really funny but is setting something up for later on…
Walls Have Ears: A Play About Families – I chucked this in to give a bit of variety to the set. It’s a relatively new addition, last seen performed by Simeon Gold at Gig 101.
On the Bus – The was last performed disastrously at Gig 104. It’s one of those things that I’m sure there’s something in it, but working out what that is can only really happen on stage. Luckily, it went down pretty well on the night, and it’s only made me want to do it more.
Freddie Mercury joke 3 – Stupidly, I completely forgot to do this joke. This is particularly annoying as the third one is the pay-off that makes it worth telling the first two. I’m an idiot.
The Magical Animal – I decided to finish with this story from Gig 106. Although it was specifically written for Magical Animals, it worked well enough to think it was worth another airing.
And that was that, another enjoyable and successful night at Spotlight. I was conscious of over-running, so when I was about to start The Magical Animal I check my watch. I was on 9 minutes. As the story had taken about 3 -4 minutes previously, I thought it was OK to go ahead. Weirdly, when I checked my watch upon leaving the stage it said 17 minutes. I have no idea how that happened. It’s not good form to over run, but, luckily, the organisers were happy for me have to waffled on for so long. Phew.