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
Bit late notice (only confirmed this morning) and a bit far away, but my next gig is tomorrow at The Adelaide Pub, Teddington, TW11 0AU at 8pm. It’s two minutes away from Teddington Station (exit at the ticket office side).
I’ve got some more gigs coming up in April, and I’ll post the details here soon.