August 13, 2013

Awkward Television Moment

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Have you ever seen comedy live? Or like most people have you just watched it on the telly (or do you now only watch BBC iPlayer and box sets?). Well if that’s the case, you have missed out on one of the great pleasures of life.

Watching comedy on TV is a bit like watching sex on TV, its ok, but it’s generally a bit tame (unless you’re watching Game Of Thrones) it’s a bit soft focus, basically it’s not the same as being there. Live comedy is always a bit friskier, a bit more exciting, even though the warm up act does only last 5 minutes…

Now performing live comedy is exactly like watching sex on TV, more specifically like watching sex on TV with your parents or your teenage children or your Gran. At times it can be deeply embarrassing, but unfortunately you can’t just “pop out to make a cup of tea”.

For some of us being in the audience (the crowd) is a cosy place to be, especially if you are watching TV, you are safe like a herd of antelope at a safari park, your only worry is a 17 year old in a rusty old Corsa. In a comedy club the crowd is more like a herd of antelopes out on the savannah, not so safe – you never know who’s about to picked on by the comedian.

The thing is everyone thinks the comedian is the Lion, the king of the jungle. He isn’t though, he’s just an antelope like you except he’s decided to do something a little different and for better or for worse he’s now standing in the hunter’s headlights.

He doesn’t know whether to flee or to fight, but at that moment he truly feels alive.

It’s the same in work, you either stay safe in your little cubicle, (or even worse work remotely) you know just go with the flow stick safely with the herd.

Sometimes we do the same in the real world outside work, it’s like we’re casual viewers in our own lives.

So, is it time to walk away from the safety of the crowd to ask the awkward question, or to suggest the new idea, or do something challenging or different or do you stay with the herd slowly waiting to be picked off…?

Right, I’m now going back into to the lounge, hopefully Mum has got through that saucy bit of Game Of Thrones.

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