NOT Gig 59: Crack Up Comedy @ The Nip and Tipple, Chorlton, Manchester – 20th May 2012
May 20, 2012 3 Comments
So, the first week of my second year in comedy draws to a close, and it’s safe to say that it’s been a mixed bag (at best). On Monday, I pulled out of Magical Animals (NOT Gig 58) due to potential traffic congestion. On Thursday, I died on my arse in Huddersfield (Gig 58). Tonight, I was supposed to be gigging at Crack Up Comedy in Chorlton, but it was abandoned due to lack of audience.
I hope this week isn’t indicative of how things are going to go this year.
It was disappointing not to get the perform, but at least the preparation for it useful. This gig was going to be my first time performing a 15-minute spot, so I had to work out whether I actually had 15 minutes of material. As it turns out, I easily had 15 minutes, but this was helped enormously by bringing back my “Personal Bit”. It’s the only bit I’ve got that hangs together as a 4-5 minute piece. It’s also a bit that sometimes works really well and other times is a bit flat. The last time I tried it was in Gig 46, after which I wrote:
My “personal bit” still appears to be a conundrum, but I think I need to sit down and try a re-write of the whole segment before I can really pass judgement.
Although, I didn’t do a complete re-write, I certainly gave it a good tweak. I didn’t add or remove any of the jokes, but have re-phrased a lot of the set-ups and have added a pause or two in order to maximise the laughs. I also officially tagged on a bit from “Personal Bit 2″ onto the end of it. Sadly, I didn’t get to find out how the changes worked, but at least they’re ready to go for the next time.
Oh well, let’s hope the next week is more successful.