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Archive for June, 2011

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Entry 303: On with the show

There was some doubt as to whether the show would go on last night.

Thankfully delaying the start of the show by half an hour meant nine people found their way to make up the audience and the show went ahead.

It was a small but perfectly formed crowd, who were all very friendly and all audible laughers.

The microphone stand I bought especially for the night made its debut, but unfortunately – as I expected – the chunky radio mic didn’t
quite fit in the small microphone holder bit at the top of the stand. Even so, it was still nice to have something to play with on stage even if it didn’t fulfil its main function and actually hold the microphone.

There has been some trouble in recent weeks of keeping the audience until the end of the night, not because of the acts – they have all
been great – or the MCs – we have been highly competent – but because we have been running the show with three sections and two breaks. And the second break usually sees a mass exodus and our poor headliner has a much dwindled audience to perform to. But last night we had eight acts and one break and only lost two audience members. So proportionally it was one of the best nights yet for
audience retention.

In other news, those nice people at Tangy Media are currently working on how to import all the 290+ previous entries I have written
on Tumblr. I did warn them that the majority of the content isn’t worth reading as well as there being several entries where I may or may not to admit to cheating the self-service check-outs. It may get me in trouble, but at least it will make me look a little more productive.

Word count: 298

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Entry 302: Design

 

I’ve spent most of today designing Edinburgh flyers for a mate’s show.

I have no training as a graphic designer radiator but I was a master of Microsoft Paint way back in the day, unfortunately design programmes have moved on considerably since then. I use a very basic design programme that basically involves moving boxes around but it works for me.

I designed the flyers for out Snigger Happy show at Brighton Fringe as we were running out of time to get them sorted out and they turned out rather well. My attempts at Edinburgh flyers for my show were a lot more ambitious but after many hours of work they have turned out rather well too. I don’t know what my mate will think of his flyers I’ve designed today though.

In comedy performance news, I am going to be on MC duties tonight at Cantaloopy but I am not too sure if we’re going to be getting much of an audience. It’s a strange time of year to be running comedy gigs, as the hot weather tends to make people opt to drink out in beer gardens or stay at home. Plus there’s a pretty high profile tennis match on this evening at Wimbledon, so I have no idea what sort of turn-out there will be.

My gig on Monday was cancelled because there was no audience at that one as well. I’ve got my fingers crossed that there will be a lot of
rain which will force people inside. I hope it does go ahead, I’ve written two whole new jokes and have even bought a microphone stand for the gig.

Word count: 273

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Welcome to my new website (entry 301)

Hello, passing internet traveller. This is my brand new
website, just in case you didn’t read the headline.

It’s all quite exciting; I’ve not had my own website since the year 2000 when
as a 15-year-old with no social life I cobbled something together on Yahoo
Geocities. It was mainly stealing things from other sites and slandering
children’s TV presenters, I’ve moved on since those days.

I should now probably introduce you to the blog challenge I
set myself. Following my two weeks in Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2010 I
decided that I needed to write more, so I set myself a challenge of writing at
least 250 words a day for a year and thus My Daily 250 was born. As you can see
I am now sort of up to entry 301, I have missed a few days due to a couple of
weekends with no internet connection but cheated by combining entries to
account for the days that I have missed.

To date writing this blog it has provided me with absolutely
no material, but it has made writing a lot easier and I have in turn generated
a fairly substantial amount of stand-up material indirectly since I began
writing this blog those many moons ago. Well, it was always the same moon.

Anyway, the next 64 days will include Edinburgh and I’m
doing a show for the whole month and you will read about the highs and lows on
here. So starting to read this blog now is a bit like skipping the dull bits in
a film and straight onto the eventful bits.

Word count: 268