Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Famous First Words / Thinky Big Words

The week started nicely with a busy Famous First Words on Monday. As MC and overseer of the running order it was great to see a number of familiar names sign up alongside many total newbies with gigs barely in double figures. The quality was staggeringly good for a thoroughly non-curated event and using my stopwatch as much for theatre as for timekeeping I kept things tight and ploughed through 17 acts between 7.45 and 10.05 with a ten minute break in the middle - so there was plenty of time for a post-show social. The social is something I really want to promote. It's lovely seeing performers all over London at different shows but there's rarely time to actually chat. Keeping it tight also means no-one is stuck hanging on 'til gone 11 for their five minutes of fame to then perform to the barmaid and the promoter.

This evening I had the pleasure of performing at Matt Duwell and Jack Brook's new night, Thinky Big Words, in Stoke Newington. The room is decent, the PA can handle my backing track and there was an actual audience. There were some excellent other acts on the bill including Michael Hill, Jon Long and Yuriko Kotani - who topped the night with me the penultimate act. West End finally got a public airing after much rehearsing in my head all week and went pretty well. The eighties style synths and drums supported my Gary Numanesque chorus line and the crowd were quick to join in with the backing vocals. It's a really different vibe to much of my other stuff too which is good in terms of variety. Certainly a stayer.

To top it off Jack invited me to do some guest spots at his Edinburgh show should the one I'm involved with get booked in. Bonus!

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