Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Applying Business Practices to Stand-Up Comedy

When approaching projects in my employment, I put forth a variety of business practices that ensure I manage them on time and to budget within cost agreed to with clients and get them the product they require. But when it comes to stand-up comedy, I'm as guilty as anybody of treating it like any other hobby; whenever I get to it.

As it turns out, professional stand-ups have to treat their work like any other work: just like a business.

So, without further ado, here's the top ten practices I've learnt in business that I, as an aspiring stand-up comic, would apply:

  1. It's all in the Planning
  2. What are you doing today?
  3. Research & Development
  4. Dress for Success
  5. Show up on Time
  6. Create a Contact List
  7. Networking, Networking, Networking
  8. Marketing is Your Friend
  9. Content is King
  10. Learn to Fail

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Nelson's Personal Top Ten Commandments Slash Resolutions of 2015

In my vain quest to better myself, I wrote the "Nelson's Personal Top Ten Commandments Slash Resolutions of 2015", which I'm printing out and framing somewhere so it looks all cool and stuff:
  1. Thou shalt be funnier
  2. Thou shalt allow thyself more time for creativity
  3. Thou shalt NOT be sequestered into banal activities that succumb thee to procrastination like "videogames" or "let's go visit my mother"
  4. Thou shalt write some more, including another script. The wise sage Luc Besson wrote "Leon" in 2 weeks and that turned out fucking awesome.
  5. Thou shalt return to a major inner-city comedy club to perform and make the proletariat laugh and giggle at new and fancy shit.
  6. Thou shalt live in a palatial home with a marble...kitchen counter, and a functioning toaster.
  7. Thou shalt NOT use said toaster, as thou hast denied thyself ALL carbs.
  8. Thou shalt stay focused and driven...and by driven, meaning thou shall have sold thy motor-veHEEcle and opt for walking to thy abode of employment
  9. Thou shalt continue to love those near thee, and remember to call at least one person a week for a chat and a debate.
  10. Thou shalt love thyself...and remember that thou were the fastest swimmer out of a couple of trillion others that didn't make it.
Happy New Year for 2015, everybody.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

HashtagThatsFunny - Comedy Photos from Saturday's Show

Friday, 3 October 2014

Scriptwriting - Finding inspiration and finding something funnier...

A lot of people denote that comments are being troll-heaven for, well, trolls. The freedom to drop a comment under every article written conscientiously has usually turned into awful fights featuring anonymous geniuses chugging a beer or getting a spelling check from their beaten-up wife while she's washing the dishes, crying.

I've been trying hell on high water to find ways of being inspired to write, and came across this lovely little gem for inspiration:

Friday, 15 August 2014

Say what I mean...and mean it.

"You're really brave to say the things you say." And Bill smiled.

I read that and was amazed at that observation. Bill Hick's autobiography, American Scream, opened my eyes up a little. Has that been my failing all along, that I've not been talking about what's really inside me?

I've noticed the greats are doing that; Bill Hicks talked about his passion for an America he hated, "I'm gonna overthrow the government and replace it with a democracy.". Richard Pryor was open about his failings, "Nothing like setting yourself on fire to make you realise you're in deep shit." Louis CK, in paying tribute to George Carlin and what he learnt about being a writer, "I have to dig deeper everytime I throw away old shit to find something new to talk about."

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Saying Goodbye to Robin Williams...wish I had said hello first.

So, Robin Williams has passed away from an apparent suicide.

And we're all sitting around on our phones, our computers and our tablets on our couches, by our desks, in the car while the mom's driving you to school, or you're experiencing a near-fading experience listening to your CEO droning on about the four C's that'll drive productivity forward, as we read the how's and the why's about Robin Williams.

And Robin Williams, the human being that brought us the best version of alien you could get in Mork and Mindy, an unforgettable Genie in Alladin, the uplifting voice of reason in Good Morning Vietnam, the aspiring teach in Dead Poets Society, the deadbeat in The Fisher King, or even the creepy guy in One Hour Photo, amongst all the numerous standup routines and countless other characters per minute he portrayed, is today and for all time not breathing.