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 Post subject: Re: First Post, First Show
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:27 am 
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Getting people to come up isn't a problem, there is always someone willing and I offer a line I use at the start of my shows (I have worked in the roughest bars with all kinds of cretins and this prevents lots of problems).

'I would just like to say a couple of things before we proceed with tonight's show; firstly if you are lucky enough to be one of the participants on tonight's show I will not embarrass or make a fool out of you in anyway shape or form and secondly if I ask you a question please answer to the best of your ability, do not answer with YOUR THE MIND READER as I have heard it a thousand times and it is no longer comical'.

Using the above line prevents anyone thinking you are going to ridicule them and secondly prevents the one c0ck using the ever favourite line a cretin use 2 birds one stone.

If you do get a participant that is an ar*ehole, don't use him find out if they are first ask a couple of questions if they answer in a sh*tty tone or like they cannot be bothered being there, just say I might come back to you later (don't be afraid to send them back to their seat). Or if you have something sure fire use that and the more he tries to be an ar*e you know its going to work so he ends up making a plonker of himself.

The material you use is up to you, don't let anyone sway you, its your show and your the only person that is going to know what you are comfortable performing. If you are sh*t you are sh*t, I perform almost every week twice a week and if I said every show went perfectly it would be a lie but your job as a performer is never to let the audience know that it it isn't going perfect. If something happens an unexpected curveball have an out for it, always make the best of a bad situation (at the end of the day there is nothing cooler than predicting an unexpected curve ball ;) ).

Make sure your show flows, one thing should lead into another there shouldn't be a buckle I wouldn't make my show about doing an effect and then an effect and then an effect because its boring. There should be interesting stories, funny moments and even though silence is golden in the right parts, you don't want massive lapses for the audience to get bored.

Forget about the subjects, think about the presentation and scripting and you are on to a winner and last of all good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: First Post, First Show
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:11 am 
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Great advice! I especially like your opening remarks, it seems like the perfect way to begin. Do you mind if I borrow it? It's really quite clever if I do say so.


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 Post subject: Re: First Post, First Show
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:00 pm 
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CharlesM wrote:
Great advice! I especially like your opening remarks, it seems like the perfect way to begin. Do you mind if I borrow it? It's really quite clever if I do say so.


No problems :)

Use it if you like, me and Chris Rawlins are covering stuff like this in our new book! so remember where it came from ;)

I think if you get rid of the problems before they start, it drastically reduces any one trying to cause problems, you will get an eye for the right people when you perform frequently it just all comes with experience.

Don't worry about people saying you are not ready to perform a stage show as yet as you have to start somewhere. I might even be tempted to tell people its your first show and also claim you really do not have any clue how its going to work out (this will lower the audiences expectations and when you deliver they will be more amazed!).

You will have to excuse my ungrammatical posts, I am on the fly so just posting as I travel.


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 Post subject: Re: First Post, First Show
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:55 pm 
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Actually I do agree that I need to be more specific. I shouldn't have said you weren't ready. What may be the case is that you're not ready to perform at a high caliber. Then again, even that might be false.


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 Post subject: Re: First Post, First Show
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:10 am 
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Peter, let me know when the book is out. I'm all for supporting cool folks.


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 Post subject: Re: First Post, First Show
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:54 am 
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I have got 2 books out already :)

One with Kenton Knepper, and the other I released a couple of months back

'Devious Realities' was my first and 'Dare to be bold' was my second there are reviews on here and quite a few on google :)

The next book will not be out till next year got a lot of material to write up for it!

My style is very bold and daring but have a read of the blurbs.


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