This month I learnt how to do stand-up comedy. Well, I went to a workshop on it. Which was four hours and I thought at first that was a long time. Turned out it was a very short time. The person who taught it usually does six week workshops and it would have been good to have gone home to write some jokes. Being given ten minutes to come up with some on the spot is quite hard!
In other words, I enjoyed it.
I particularly enjoyed learning about how jokes are constructed, It’s a lot simpler than I thought it was. To understand, at any rate. Writing them is a bit harder.
I was less interested in the performing aspect, but then I am just less interested in performing anyway. But what we learnt in the workshop was backed up by something I read the other day in Jo Brand’s autobiography where she said that people she knew on the circuit would do terribly and then suddenly break though. They didn’t change their material, just the way they delivered it.
Since the workshop I have been working on my jokes. Maybe I’ll inflict them on people sometime. If there’s another (longer) workshop I’d probably do it.
I give the experience 10/10.