Gig 15: SAS Comedy, Lass O’ Gowrie, Manchester – 8th October 2011
October 10, 2011 5 Comments
My previous Gig Diary post started with a detailed explanation of why I usually say a gig was “OK” or “alright”. Luckily, I don’t have to re-iterate it this time as this gig actually went really well.
Saturday was time for my favourite comedy night, SAS Comedy. I didn’t perform there last month, but did attend as a punter, so I was itching to get back up there. I was going to be performing my Gary Barlow routine that I had done at SAS in August. The set I had planned was pretty much the same as last time, with two or three changes where I had thought of better jokes.
As I had a gig last Wednesday, I only really had Thursday, Friday and Saturday to prepare. Luckily, it was just like doing revision, because once I’d reviewed the material and got the order straight it was easy to remember. So much so, that by Saturday afternoon I was so confident I had it learned that I decided to just relax and get myself in a good head space.
The was a great plan until I got to the venue when I started to panic that I couldn’t remember any of it, and sat watching the first half of the show distracted by my own thoughts of what the hell I would do if I couldn’t remember of it.
I was on third in the second half, and as the first half had overrun, we were asked to try to keep our sets to as close to five minutes as possible. This prompted some last-minute cutting, which was probably the best thing that could have happened. It forced me to cut the stuff with a bit too much flannel and got right to the jokes.
This last-minute editing seemed to steel my nerves and the set went down really well with the audience. The last-minute changes were a real education on how to build a set. It was immediately obvious which bits should go and that’s really telling. In any case, it was nice to have a uneviquobly good gig for a change.
Onwards and upwards.
If you like comedy that’s a bit different from the norm, then you owe it to yourself to go and see SAS Comedy, 2nd Saturday of every month at the Lass O’ Gowrie, Charles Street, Manchester.