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Chris's Comedy Blog
We've decided to set Chris Maskery a challenge. He clearly think's he's funny, so we've signed him up to a comedy course and in the end he's got to do 5 minutes of stand-up at The Tringe Festival.
He's terrified...we're already laughing.
Throughtout the next couple of months Chris will be updating just how scared he is on this blog, he may even crack a joke or two (although it's unlikely - he'll need all the material he's got!)
2nd July 2012
Well that's it then - I actually performed 5 minutes of stand-up comedy in 4 pubs in Tring!
What's that? How did it go? Was I funny?
Well...yeah I think so! I definitely got some laughs but ti was hard work and I went down much better in some pubs than others! I was most worried about the first pub - The Robin Hood, and that seemed to go down pretty well...whereas the pub I was most confident about - The Kings Arms - It was the last one I played so I thought they'd all be drunk and laugh more...however...that was probably the worst gig I had!!
It's really weird - you can say the same thing and it gets a totally different reaction in 2 different places!
I wasn't as funny as some of the other acts - in fact my girlfriend decided to tell the group of people who'd been training for 8 weeks that her favourite was a lady called Gaynor - not me!!! I didn't dare ask who her second favourite was.
On the upside, no-one punched me and people laughed at least a few times!
So will I do it again? I genuinely don't know! When people are laughing it's brilliant but when they're not it's awful and I'm not sure the good side outweighs the bad side!
Certainly for the moment I'm happy sitting watching the other acts that are on over the next 3 weeks at The Tringe.
PS - Thanks to Ben from the Tringe, Logan for all the teaching and the people of Tring for laughing at my jokes!
Posted by Chris Maskery at 6:40am
29th June 2012
As I write this the big night is about 48 hours away.
I've written my set, I performed it properly for the first time last night at the final comedy class and it didn't go exactly to plan, I forgot some of it and it was 2 minute s too long! So today I've got to do a bit of re-writing and really try and practise it until I know it properly!!
I am now though extremely nervous - although the lovely Gaynor, who is also performing made cakes and bought them in last night - they had our faces on!! Although the cakes were lovely, she was also VERY funny so I'm not sure I like her anymore, she'll make me look bad!!
Look at this:
Posted by Chris Maskery at 2:52pm
25th June 2012
So we are now just days away from the performance and I'm an odd mix of relaxed and terrified!
A lot of people in the class seem to have there material pretty much down (as you'd expect for people who are performing in less than a week!) whereas I just a have a collection of thoughts that might be slightly amusing. I've also realised that as well as writing it I'm going to have to remember it, which could well be a problem!
The other problem I had was not knowing wether to write entirely new stuff or try and make a routine from what I had...I played with some ideas, but it seemed a bit safer to go with what I've got... so I'm currently trying to write the strange ideas, lists and rants that I've worked on over the last 7 weeks into some sort of sense so that when I tell it to people on Sunday it makes sense!
I'm also aware that some of the stuff which seemed funny when I wrote it, doesn't seem that funny any more - I'm wondering if professional comedians get this: they must think a jokes funny when they write it but maybe not after they've performed it 50 times!
Anyway, I need to go and try and be funny....I'l let you know how it goes.
Posted by Chris Maskery at 10:43am
15th June 2012
This week I thought I'd do a video blog!
Posted by Chris Maskery at 5:22pm
8th June 2012
As you'd expect in a room full of people trying to be comedians, sometimes funny things happen, but the highlight of last night was the vicar walking into the hall and informing us that actually something else was happening and we had to get out (although put the chairs back first)
Luckily Tring Corinthians FC stepped in and we spent the next couple of hours in a small hut next to a football pitch - although tea and biscuits were provided!
Back to the comedy and it's all starting to get a little bit real! As I write this there's only 24 days to go until the performance! We're now getting to the point where we're writing some material that could be stand-up. I don't know how everyone else feels but for me - some stuff I do is funny and some is really not! That's all fine in a room full of people who are doing the same thing, but I'm not sure a pub full of drunk people would be quite so understanding.
Next week I'll be speaking to Mr Myagi himself - our tutor Logan Murray - I'll put the video up on here so you can see how he thinks I'm doing (although I'm not sure I want to know!)
Posted by Chris Maskery at 5:47pm