Earlier tonight I performed on my second comedy show at a venue in London, E2. It couldn’t have been more different to when I made my debut on March 29, 2007!
For starters there was no microphone and my opening act depended on there being one. So, I had to project my voice across the intimately small but full room, to be heard. It was a good experience but one which was at first a little daunting!
Another thing that was different was that no alcohol was served so the crowd was as sober as could be, so if they laughed it mean they really wanted to laugh. What I learnt from this was that alcohol not only lowers audience’s self-consciousness factor but it loosened their inhibitions too. This translates to them being more susceptible to laughing and/or applauding your act, even if it was only moderately funny.
The third thing that was different was that the DJ, a really talented guy called Mr. Gee, had over sold me as a “professional comedian” which raised the audience’s expectation of my output. The “professional” title was also patently not true so when I took to the stage I had to explain to the audience that this was in fact only my second performance. Lesson learnt here was to always provide the MC/organiser with your bio beforehand.
Overall it was still a good performance and I did manage to make them laugh, but not necessarily in the places I actually expected them to laugh. This threw me initially, but I didn’t let it distract me. It made me aware that I needed to get more experience knowing how to know my audience and adjust my material according to them.
Definitely a learning experience!