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Comedy News 2008/2009

I'll be brief here:

1. because I have already written a number of blogs which express my opinion on comedy as we approach 2009 (you can read them here, here, and here).

And

2. because this is a busy time of year.

However, just to keep you up to date, I am writing everyday, and it is definitely helping me with my stage performances. And, I am now taking more bookings for my stand up set of comedy and magic (and for compere duties, mainly at large corporate functions), than I am for close up magic. I still love the walk around close up magic, however, there is something extra special about those spotlight and microphone gigs to over 200 guests.

Summer Comedy News

Growing laughter

Why is it: that if I am reading something funny, it actually has to be hilarious before I smile, and if it is absolutely hilarious I may let out a (very English) slight chuckle, and when I am watching a friend and colleague performing stand up comedy I will laugh quite loud, but even then, it has to be a good gag? Yet for me to laugh uncontrollably it has to be with family and friends and it doesn't even have to be that funny.

Human beings are such idiots.

Comedy news Easter 2008

A stage we are going through

The whole world is constantly multi-tasking. What are we doing to ourselves? In some towns and cities the authorities are padding the lampposts in case idiots walk into them while texting. People shave, eat and speak on their mobiles while driving. It is as if nothing demands our full attention these days.

That is why, as a stage performer, you have got to love the spotlight. The raised up stage and a spotlight are the entertainer's allies in the battle against unnecessary multi-tasking. It is a time for the audience to switch off and allow their focus to go to one human being. Yes, the way we used to interact with people.

Most newbie comedians will shade their eyes from the burn of the spotlight, which instantly signals to the audience that they are not comfortable on stage. Or worse still, sometimes the comedian will duck out of the spotlight; this is a real no no.

Even though you can't see the people at the back of the room (usually you can only see the first two rows) you just have to pretend you can see everyone.

The best advice is: to act like you are making eye contact with everyone in the room, and that you love that spotlight. Because in the early days of performing, for every gig where the conditions are perfect there will be another where there is no raised up area and no spotlight, and a waiter will walk across in front of you at a crucial part of your act. Sure, you can "adlib" in the crap gags "it is just a stage he is going through" or "that never happens at the Palladium" but as Rod says "it's not the spotlight".

Comedy News for Spring 2008

In comedy, security is, knowing your material.

What I mean by this, is: when a comedian is on stage, and he knows his set so well, he can really perform with confidence and start to enjoy it all. He can "riff" with the audience, knowing he can return to his material at any time. It is a bit like being a jazz musician, who knows when to start playing, and when he is going to end, but has a little fun with the middle section, returning to the song on occasions. So too, the experienced comedian can experiment within his set.

Yes, it is great, but it is also a comfort trap. Many comedians stick with their sets too long, simply because they enjoy the luxury of it all. They hang on to their killer 25 minutes because it took so long to put together. It is their reward to themselves for years of bravery, trying out new bits at comedy clubs around the country, in an effort to get good, to get paid; it is an unforgiving journey.

This made me think of a couple of years ago, when I was walking past the Soho Theatre in London, I saw a sign saying Lenny Henry was performing that night. Then I noticed the sign was not for the Soho Theatre, but was for a downstairs of a pub, with seating for 50 people. Obviously, Lenny was setting off on the new material adventure, in preparation for a new UK tour of large theatres, and was trying out his new stuff bit by bit.

It was then I realised, I should keep on writing new material, and more importantly, try that new material out on audiences. A small audience is a brutal environment for new material, but it has to be done. Their laughter, or lack of laughter, will help a performer to know what is funny, and this knowledge will help him edit and build towards a new set.

So with this in mind, I would like to thank my friends at Long Live Comedy, who week after week provide a platform for professionals to try out new material. The Tuesday nights are starting to get very large audiences (well for the size of the room obviously). So thanks again for your support in 2007 in helping me explore and find a new 25 minutes of comedy material.

I am not going to say too much about my new set for fear of my irrational jinx theory.

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Highlights from the Gallery

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London based magician Don Moses takes his applause from the studio audience
Top Rated magician Don Moses takes his applause from the studio audience
London based magician Don Moses takes his applause from the  studio audience
Don performing on stage at the famous Comedy Store in London

Don performs as a wedding magician, corporate entertainer, and after dinner speaker at events throughout the country. London Magician, Manchester Magician, Liverpool Magician, Birmingham Magician, Newcastle Upon Tyne Magician, Magician Surrey, Edinburgh Magician, Oxford Magician, Bristol Magician, Magician Milton Keynes, Leicester Magician, Leeds Magician, Magician Kent, After Dinner Magician.