NOT Gig 75: SAS Comedy @ Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester – 18th August 2012
September 5, 2012 3 Comments
So, I’ve finally got all my Edinburgh-related posts out of the way and I STILL have to mention it. Annoying.
Saturday 18th was our final day in Edinburgh and the morning was spent eating cake (see here). Our train back to the promised land (i.e North West England) was at two o’clock and, all being well, we’d get home just after 6. At which point I’d have an hour or so before having to go out again to do SAS Comedy. If it was any other gig then I might have felt a smidgen of annoyance at having to summon the energy to go back out, but this was SAS and I was well up for it.
I was supposed to be doing two spots; Terry Dowling, which I had been planning to do at last month’s cancelled gig (NOT Gig 67), and a resurrection of Gary Barlow, in order to fit in with the night’s summer festival theme (he’s a musician). I was pretty confident that I knew all of Terry’s “set”, but it had been ages since I’d last “done” Gazza, so I intended to use the train journey to learn it. Although this wasn’t ideal – I wouldn’t be able to practice out loud – I was able to get back into the material pretty quickly, and even came up with a couple of new bits. Unsurprisingly, the train was delayed, meaning that we missed the connecting train. As a result, we only got home at quarter past seven, so I had to pretty much go out straight away. It all ended up being a bit of a rush, but, as I’ve already said, it’s worth it to perform at SAS.
Only I didn’t get to perform at SAS, as you probably guessed by this being NOT Gig 75. Like last month, this was purely down to a lack of audience. It probably didn’t help that the gig had been postponed by a week, but there was also nobody in the pub. When I checked downstairs at around quarter to nine, there were literally 3 people in the place. By the time we gave up at about twenty past nine, that had swelled to around 10 people. Hardly a bustling Saturday night. It was annoying, to say the least.
On the bright side, I had spent a bit of time getting familiar with both Terry’s and Gazza’s sets, so it should be easier for me to get into them when I eventually get around to performing them. On the less bright side, this continues my incredible Jonahesque gig-killing prowess. I’ll be honest, that’s one particular stand-up skill that I didn’t want learn.