I’ve just performed the last of my 10 Edinburgh gigs - 8 “Of Mics and Men” and 2 other open mic spots. It’s been a very good experience, and having a constant daily slot at the same venue has been massively helpful for honing my technique. As I said in my earlier post, audience sizes have been variable, and for the two gigs I did today they were rather drunk and shouty, but I think I’ve managed to cope quite well.
I have seen 19 shows, as far as I can recall, and despite my initial plan only 2 of them were free. That’s not going to be a pleasant credit card bill, but it has been a hell of a lot of fun and most of the shows have been excellent - I’ll post some full reviews when I get back, as typing them on an iPhone keyboard while the drunks of Edinburgh shout outside the window on this Saturday night would just send me into a frenzied rage.
I’ve been getting up at noon all week, and going to bed at about 4am, usually after seeing one of the late shows. To my mind these are the correct times for my natural sleep cycle. Annoyingly we have to check out of the hostel at 10am tomorrow and I don’t think my body clock’s going to like that much. Or having to go back to work. The rest of my brain might take some time to adjust too, after a diet of constant comedy for a week.
I don’t think I’ll miss this hostel much though. It’s fucking loud out there with all the drunken shouting and there are some fireworks going off out there as well. It’s midnight and I need to go to sleep soon so I can get up and check out in time, but I don’t think it’s going to quieten down for a while. After the last Edinburgh festival, I wrote on this blog that I’d like to stay somewhere more central next time. If anything we’re far too central. Far, far too central. There must be a happy medium that permits both easy access and the ability to, you know, actually go to sleep. The relative tranquility of Forest Hill will be a welcome relief. In the meantime, thank heavens for earplugs.
So we got to Edinburgh eventually on Saturday, despite the best efforts of the twunts who nicked the signalling cables at Grantham, thus royally screwing up the whole East Coast Main Line.
The hostel we’re staying in is pretty basic. We have an en-suite bathroom but the room overlooks an alleyway that can get pretty noisy with drunks staggering past and groups of teenagers gathering, as they are right now while I’m trying to type this.
The show I’m performing in is in the Haymarket area which is about a 25 minute walk away and is also a little rough in parts. Some unseen assailant threw an egg at my chin yesterday while I was walking to the gig. What a fucking fuckwitted fuck. It wasn’t so much the pain or the dent to my pride that hurt most, it was the waste of food - that’s a chicken’s entire day’s work wasted.
We’ve been getting wildly varying crowd sizes - from about 5 to 20 people - and wildly varying amounts in the collection bucket afterwards, seemingly uncorrelated to the crowd size. The shows themselves have been getting better and better - I’m noticing a marked improvement in my own performance even after only four days. Just shows that it’s all about practice.
Flyering is a pain in the constant rain. A portable hair dryer has been a star purchase for drying out my shoes, but I suppose I really should have brought along some waterproof ones in the first place.
I’m just testing out the WordPress app for the iPhone, which will hopefully let me update this blog while I’m up in Edinburgh. So if you can read this that’s a good sign. I’ll report back on how I’m doing as part of our free show “Of Mics and Men” - see previous post for details - and I’ll write up some short reviews of other shows I’ve seen. I’m heading up there stupidly early tomorrow morning - I can’t wait!
I’ll be up at this year’s Edinburgh festival, mostly just enjoying other acts to be honest, but I’ll also be performing every night 9th-16th August, 5.45pm-6.45pm as one of four stand-up acts in a free show called Of Mics and Men.
It’s at The Voodoo Bar in Haymarket - click here for a map.
For full details please check out the website at www.ofmicsandmen.com. If you’re on Facebook you can sign up to be one of our many screaming fans. Go on!
So far I’m also booked in for these other gigs in Edinburgh:
Saturday 9th August - Journey Central Comedy Hour @ Meridian Venue 305, 138-140 Leith Walk. 9.35pm. £Free. Map.
Saturday 16th August - Journey Central Comedy Hour @ Meridian Venue 305, 138-140 Leith Walk. 9.35pm. £Free. Map.
I’ll update this entry with more gigs if/when I get them…
Here are all the upcoming gigs I know about at the moment, so please come along if you can.
Monday 14th April - Bedlam @ The Blue Posts, Piccadilly Upstairs at The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert Street, W1D 6DJ. 7pm. £Free. Map
Thursday 17th April - 142 Lounge Bar, Ealing 142 Lounge Bar, 142 The Broadway, West Ealing, W13 0TL. 8.30pm. Map
Sunday 20th April - Milan Bar, Croydon The Milan Bar, 14-32 High Street, Croydon CR0 1YA. £Free. Map
Thursday 24th April - Journey Central, Ladbroke Grove Inn on the Green, 3 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL. 8pm. £5. Map