August 25, 2009

Another One!

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Another Nice Review!

Casey,Bristol–24 August2009,8:53am(4s)

Marc convinced me to come along to his show with one of the best flyering pitches I’ve heard in Edinburgh! Not only that, he lived up to it too! A really enjoyable, laugh out loud hour of comedy for everyone who ever wondered if they could do it themselves and for those who just want to watch a professional – PowerPoint will never be the same again to me! Nor to be honest will koalas! Definitely one worth watching!

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Mirth by PowerPoint!

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds: Marc Hogan
Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

Today I found that I featured in the Top 10  Memorable PowerPoint experiences in BBC News Online Magazine:

I was at number 6!

“I was recently up in Edinburgh and saw a debut comedy show from Marc Hogan who is a professional speaker on the business circuit and his show was funny but also a masterclass in PowerPoint. Using slides, graphs, photography, subliminal advertising, video and audio to great comic effect. It proved to me, a complete novice at PowerPoint, that it can be a brilliant presentation tool that makes designing your presentation a whole lot easier and effective.”

I haven’t the heart to mention that I used Apple’s Keynote not PowerPoint (basically it’s same thing!)

You can read the whole Top 10 Good & Bad PowerPoint experiences here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8213901.stm

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August 24, 2009

Some More Lovely Edinburgh Reviews

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Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

There’s been some more lovely audience reviews on www.broadwaybaby.com!

Greatest PowerPoint Show Ever

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

Saw this after reading the review here. What a great adventure becoming a stand up in 11 months. Very funny use of PowerPoint (never thought I’d say that.

Learned a lot about porn, had my other half in stitches. Go and help him win his pound.

Good Points
Very Funny PowerPoint
Great Story

Bad Points
Jokes a little male orientated

Rating: 4.0

Reviewed by Susan
August 23, 2009
Top 100 Reviewer

Laugh Loud Funny

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

Went and saw this after Marc came and gave me a flyer & had a chat. Really great show. He’s not a full time comic, 11 months ago he was bet a £1 that he couldn’t do a comedy show in Edinburgh. In my mind (and the audiences) he has definitely won that bet!

Go see!

Good Points

A Very Funny PowerPoint about how to write a comedy show, coupled with Marcs self depreciating humour, made for a really enjoyable hour. I will never look at Koala’s the same again, and I will take more risks in my own life!

Bad Points

Occasionally nervous.

Rating: 4.0
Reviewed by David
August 21, 2009
Top 50 Reviewer

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Only 6 Shows Left!

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds: Marc Hogan
Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

16 shows down and only six left!

What a rollercoaster ride. I’ve been flyering everyday for 4 to 6 hours a day. And it’s rained for the past 12 days. There is nothing harder than walking up to complete strangers who already have 30-50 flyers in their soggy hands and you have 1 minute to convince them that they should pay to see your show. I’ve been lucky though, I have my elevator pitch down! The key is to be very upbeat but self depreciating at the same time.

“Hi guys, I know you’ve been “flyered” to within an inch of your lives, you don’t have to have a flyer from me, but can I tell you about my show for 30 seconds instead?

“11 months ago I was bet a £1 that I couldn’t become a stand up comic and do an Edinburgh Festival Show…and in 2008 a pound was a lot of money!

My shows directed by  Phil Whelans who directed Phil Nichols Perrier award winning show in 2006 and I’ve had some 4 & 5 star reviews on Edfringe.com.

“BBC Radio 4 heard a part of the show last week .. You look like big Radio 4 listeners!  And they said I had some great observations…

“The show’s Dave Gorman-esque, there’s PowerPoint and graphs.  If you like PowerPoint you’ll love the show, if you don’t like PowerPoint you’ll only quite like the show!

“There are 498 other shows on today when I’m on, if you can’t get into any of those shows, mine might be the show of choice!”

I’ve been told on several occasions I have the best / nicest pitch at the festival.  Do you think I can put that on the poster?!

The pitch has been successful.  I pretty much recognise 75% of the audience every night as being the people I’ve talked to earlier, which is really nice.

To be honest, the hardest part of doing the Edinburgh Fringe is the flyering.  I’d thought the hardest part would be the show.  But it’s definitely the flyering that’s most exhausting!  Plus I’m one man against a virtual army of Pleasance and Underbelly flyerers.

I normally hand out 75 – 100 flyers a day to get 30- 40 people in the room, which is pretty good, but it’s hard work.  There’s a judgment call to be made – do they look like they’ll enjoy it??  I want my audience to recommend me to others afterwards, word of mouth definitely sells up here!

I always select a group to flyer based on their age, sex and dress, if they’re young girls aged 18 will they even know what PowerPoint is?!

Anyway I have a day off today, so I’m going to catch up on some sleep!  Just hope I don’t dream about flyers!!

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August 18, 2009

Three Weeks Edinburgh Review!

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Some lovely reviews on the Edfringe site!

I did a 15 Minute Spot at Arthur Folwers Allotment on Saturday. Three Weeks saw the show and this is what they said!

Arthur Fowler’s Allotment – Free
Coo Promotions / Laughing Horse Free Festival

Although inexplicably listed as theatre at The Counting House, this  is in fact a free comedy show in the beer garden of The Pear Tree.  Confused? I was, but once the show actually began it became clear  that this is a fairly traditional show featuring a selection of  different comedians.

Today’s show included the excellent comedy  musical techniques of Tom McDonald, some great sketches from ‘Beta  Males Picnic’, a hastily sanitised stand up routine from Marc Hogan  and some funny tricks from ‘Piff the Magic Dragon’.

The acts were  all very good, and the beer garden is lovely. Unfortunately the  compère was a weak link, serving to kill the mood, and sapping the  good will built up by the performers.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 8, 15, 22, 29 Aug, 12.00pm
(1.00pm), free, fpp180.
tw rating 3/5

http://threeweeks.co.uk/edaily/latest.html

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Edinburgh Audience Reviews

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds: Marc Hogan
Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

Some lovely reviews on the Edfringe site!

http://www.edfringe.com/reviews/read.html?id=14227

Go see this! 18 Aug 2009
reviewer: Truus,
Thank God Marc Hogan is not scared to take on a bet! This guy is brilliant, and you definitely must go and see his show. Never thought one pound could amount to so much! So for al you comedy lovers out there: go see Marc Hogan and keep him from going back in business as a corporate speaker!!!
Audience laughs louder than birds 17 Aug 2009
reviewer: The Court Jester, United Kingdom
We have a bet at work about who is going to be the first person in the office to get swine flu. In itself this seems a bit of a crazy thing to bet on but not as insane as how Marc Hogan brought his show Actions Speak Louder Than Birds to Edinburgh. At the start of the show the audience learns he is not a comedian by trade. Instead he is a professional speaker who was bet he could write and perform for an hour every night at the Fringe. As the show plays out through a polished Powerpoint presentation (which works surprisingly well as a comedic tool) we are told it started with a pound and ended with him learning how difficult being funny actually is. All this being said, being funny is something he does very well. His professional speaker background means he exudes a confidence which would take many comedians years to perfect and this makes him instantly likeable as a performer. He is presenting himself and a show rather than just telling jokes and as a result the audience is treated to a performance rather than just stand up. I’m not going to spoil the meaning of the show’s title – you’ll just have to see it to find out for yourself. Most definitely recommended – not just for the laughs but for the way it makes you feel like you too could achieve something you never thought possible. In betting terms, it’s a dead cert winner.
Well worth seeing 10 Aug 2009
reviewer: Lucy, UK
Went to see Marc Hogan do his thing this weekend after someone gave me a flier. Surprisingly good (“quite” funny – ha ha), considering he’s been in the business for less than a year! One to watch?
  • Filed under: Blog Posts — marchogan @ 12:15 pm
August 17, 2009

Problem With Comments – Now Fixed!

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Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

We’ve had a database crash and lost all the comments on the blog!!!

It’s all fixed now, so if you’ve seen the show – or just want to leave a comment – please feel free.

In fact a gentleman who saw the show on Saturday posted a  review on this blog- You can check it out here!

http://linlithgow-libdems.blogspot.com/2009/08/fringe-review-marc-hogan-actions-speak.html

Thanks Steve

I’m really glad you enjoyed it!

  • Filed under: Blog Posts — marchogan @ 12:14 pm
August 15, 2009

First Edinburgh Review!

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds: Marc Hogan
Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

Last night at 10pm I got my first official review, from All The Fesivals!

Here it is!

Marc Hogan: Actions Speak Louder Than Birds
Zoo Southside
Edinburgh Fringe

*** 3 STARS

In the relaxed atmosphere of Zoo Southside’s Cabaret Lounge, Marc Hogan seems perfectly at home and, to the unknowing eye, it is not at all apparent that this is his first year on the comedy circuit.

Coming from a background as a corporate communications trainer, Marc exudes confidence on the stage. Backed with a safety blanket of a graph-filled PowerPoint presentation, Marc fulfils his aim to entertain his crowd and to win a £1 bet with his mate.

As a newcomer to the scene there are things Marc still has to learn about comic performing. In uncertain waters, he grasps for the safety lines of well used comedy topics but without adding enough of his own input to make them stand out as his own. He also struggles at times to make cohesive links between his sections and even with a professional looking slideshow behind him things sometimes come across as being a bit disjointed.

For his first time in Edinburgh, however, Marc has done considerably well fitting into the life of a festival performer and he has definitely added positively to the overall Fringe experience.

Marc openly admits that this project has been a lot harder than he imagined and with that has come a new respect for those on the circuit. With a bit of perseverance, Marc could find himself permanently on that circuit without looking at all out of place. He clearly has a good stage presence and with a bit more work he could further his journey from being ‘quite funny’ for a motivational speaker to ‘quite funny’ for a comedian.

He may have already won his bet, but if Marc’s opponent was to offer ‘double or quits’, I’d strongly urge Marc to accept and return to Edinburgh next year.

Reviewed by: Oliver Gaywood

You can read the review at www.allthefestivals.com

Double Or Quits!!!!Kirsty will have a heart attack if I say I want to come back…

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August 10, 2009

Highs & Lows

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds: Marc Hogan
Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

Well Saturday night was awesome!!! Over 30 people, really lovely crowd and a great atmosphere. It was fantastic, at points we even had people spontaneously applauding!!

Sunday we only had 7 people in. They say 7 is a lucky number ….they lied.

Technically the show was better and they laughed in all the right places, but just not as loud as I would have liked!

So there’s only 1 thing for it I’m going to have to be a better flyerer. It’s crazy at Edinburgh, I go out with a 100 of my flyers and I come back with 300 flyers for other shows. The Festival must  be destroying a patch of rainforest the size of Edinburgh every hour!!

Marc at Arthur Fowler's Allotment

Marc at Arthur Fowler's

I’ve had a sore throat, but so far manged to avoid swine flu. Unfortunately my director Phil Whelans has had it, so he hasn’t been able to come to my show, but I have been sending him to see all the other shows that start the same time as mine…

I did a little preview  on Saturday as part of Arthur Fowler’s Allotment weekly show run by the lovely Anthea Neagle and the lady from Radio 4 “You & Yours” said I had some “great observations” I think that technically is a 4 star review – what do you guys think?

  • Filed under: Blog Posts — marchogan @ 12:02 pm
August 5, 2009

The lull before the storm…

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds: Marc Hogan
Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months – all to win a £1 bet. Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.)

Well, I’m here,

Edinburgh…..Majestic…Historic…. Wet.

I’m terrified. It doesn’t help that I’ve now seen my poster outside the venue.

I'm Not Terrified...Honest

I'm Not Terrified...Honest

Kirsty thought it would relax me if we went for a 6 mile run up Arthur’s Seat yesterday (note to self – running 6 miles is never relaxing).

I Really Love Running

I Really Love Running

In fact I’m writing this blog lying down as my quivering legs are like a newborn deer’s standing on ice, in skates, on a decline…

Anyway a number of shows are starting tonight – going to check out Phil & Phil, Britain’s Best Mates – I saw them in London and they were great!

Also going to check out the award winning Pippa Evans and Rhod Gilbert, oh and I may even practice my show!

I open Friday, so if you’re about – please come along!

Marc

If you would like to find out more about Marc, or to book him for a speaking event please visit www.marchoganlive.com

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