July 12, 2012 3 Comments
Movies! Quizzes! Character comedies! Combined? Yes, combined. It’s only time for Moviejokie, ain’t it? (Yes it is. Well, it was last night, but don’t quibble)
The last time I performed at Moviejokie, the character comedy based film quiz (Gig 56), I portrayed 2 characters (Clive Bunny and Harry Potter). Last night, I performed as 3: Terry, Robert Pattinson and Casio. Each character has a 4-minute spot, followed by 2 quiz questions.
Terry was on third in the first half. In order to make him movie related, I came up with the conceit of Terry (allegedly) being an experienced extra in Hollywood movies and that he’d written a book about his exploits. This allowed me to read out an extract (one less thing to learn!), which contained a filthy story about him getting jiggy with Gwyneth Paltrow. It didn’t quite work as I had expected. Whenever I perform as Terry, it goes one of two ways: manic and upbeat (see Gig 62) or shambling and forgetful. I went with the latter (I naturally slipped into it), and I think this was a mistake. The nature of the night is that some people are there for comedy and some are there for a quiz, so I think it pays to be bigger performance-wise. Reading the story from a piece of paper didn’t help as it meant I was very static and didn’t make full use of the stage. Although it didn’t go amazingly well, it certainly gave me something to think about (plus, I really liked the story anyway).
I opened up the second half as Robert Pattinson. I chose to portray R-Patz because he is a) in the movies, b) very popular and c) current. The character that I came up with for him was that he a) thought he was a vampire, b) was a bit of a moody teenager. I had him talk about the discrimination felt by the vampire community and then go into a long spiel about him spending the night in with Kristen Stewart because her parents had gone down the social club. The story also featured them going to the Spar to try and get served with booze, before getting picked on by boys on BMXs. It seemed to go down better than Terry, but it was (intentionally) quite slow-paced, with a sullen delivery and was (relatively) subtle. As such, I think it faced the same issues as Terry’s set.
My final character for the night was Casio, the pick-up artist first seen at Gig 61. I used the set from that gig as the basis for this, but just added the twist that he’d been able to sleep with lots of A-list actresses. Casio is a naturally ludicrous and loud character, so it’s no surprise that he went down the best from my trio. There was plenty of audience interaction and I was able to strut and sprawl all over the stage. Casio had been the character that I’d felt most unsure about performing on the night (I felt under prepared), but it was easily the most fun. It’s a character I’d definitely like to re-visit soon.
All in all it was a fun night and a good learning experience. The end.