I’ve decided to sign up for the Mark Watson Ten Year Self Improvement Challenge. if you’re not familiar with Mark Watson, well you should be. He’s a bloody great comedian and We Need Answers was one of the best things on the BBC for yonks!
Anyway I’ve set myself six challenges as part of the TYSIC and over the course of the next six days i’ll be detailing what my six challenges are and why i’m doing them. So lets get started with the first one:
Do some stand up.
My desire to do this comes from one of my friends, Alex, who roughly a year ago started performing in at open mic nights fulfilling his childhood ambition to be a stand up comedian. He’s still going strong and is moving closer and closer to being noticed. Some times I go to gigs with Alex and I always feel like a bit of a third wheel and that I have to justify my presence. Alex keeps bugging me to do some stand up so that we can go to lots of open mic nights/comedy gigs together and be wonderful touring friends have lots and lots of laughs together.
Why do I think i’ll be any good at it?
While at university we made a sketch show pilot for our final project and it was nominated for a regional Royal television society student award, which was brilliant. It was even more brilliant when we actually won. Then as if all of that wasn’t enough we were nominated for the national RTS awards and went and bloody well won that too! suffice to say I was as overwhelmed as I think i’ve ever been . I’m not just telling you all this to gloat (well maybe a little) it is relevant to my plight, if you’ll indulge me a little further i’ll reveal all. (if not I won’t feel offended if you stop reading or skim read the rest of it.)
In said sketch show pilot I was also one of the performers, in fact I’ve acted for years in friends short films and on stage as part of of a drama course. It was only a BTEC, i’m not saying i’m the next big thing or anything like that, but I think i’m not deluding myself like and out of tune x-factor contestant might by saying i’m ok at it. I also co wrote the sketch show and am also currently writing and performing online sketches with the aforementioned Alex.
I think i’m at the summary point now, thanks for sticking with me!
So the crux of the issue is this. Despite having a friend who performs stand up tell me I would be good at it, despite having performed various plays on stage for three years as part of a BTEC in drama, despite having performed in and co written a sketch show pilot (albeit a student one) that’s won two awards, despite having performed in front of biggish crowds at the Birmingham fringe festival and Tamworth arts festival, desptie of that, i’ve still got a huge hang up over getting up at an open mic night and doing a short set of stand up material.
I don’t know why, I should have no problem with this at all.
I’m not really at square one though I have started to write some material.
So that’s the first one anyway, i’ll get to the rest through the course of the week, at least that way there will actually be a daily update for at least a week. Something this blog has never probably never known.