Archive for October, 2008

My Piece…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 19:16

I’m working through my material to construct my set. So far it includes murder, sex, colds, maybe getting visas (but not sure), Madge & Guy’s divorce, and lawyers–all the sorts of things that beset us in our quotidian existence. Sounds cheerful too. Trouble is, I can’t really say what’s in it…I’m trying to intimate. Ah……

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Ain't No Butterfly…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 23:13

We constructed a show tonight with two halves and placed performers according to where they would fit the structure. It was a balance between almost soft and loud as well as other aspects. There was also a feeling of inevitability about tonight’s class because we are now concentrating on refining material we have already created. […]

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What the Hell's Your Persona?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 10:02

Preparing new material to perform in front of one’s peers week on week in the comedy class is bloody hard. Especially when there are other things going on like moving home, starting teaching new classes, and dealing with a big “mancold”. (I have a friend in Oxford to thank for that.) Somewhere along the line […]

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Professionalism and Patronage and My Sinuses

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 at 15:41

Terry Johnson, in Professions and Power, remarked there were essentially two ways to resolve the inherent tension in the relationship between producer and consumer. All right he did have a third but that’s not at issue here. I had to visit a doctor which is why this came to mind. Every year I get a […]

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Weird Personas

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 at 11:55

The personas are coming to the fore now the more we perform in class. There’s the City boy, the charmer, the self-deprecator, the mouth and more. None of them has been forced but you can see an element of inner struggle as the persona works its way through the layers of consciousness we overlay on […]

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