It's been a week of gig bookings, performance preparations and crowbarring acts onto the Anything Goes lineup.
This Thursday I'm off to North Wales for a comedy night in Denbigh (as promoted by this smart little poster on the right.) My second venture over the border in the name of funny and my second booking thanks to Sarah Lloyd and her partner Nia. The venue photos suggest an actual theatre and with plenty of familiar names on the bill I'm very much looking forward to it. With FWP on hiatus and DDP still very much in production it's PftPD time. The guitar is tuned and ready to go.
Having taken January off to get the rest of my life in order, gig booking is back in full swing with gigs in Liverpool, Bolton, Dewsbury and Didsbury in the diary for me and my budget six string. The last of these is a competition, only the third I've ever entered and the first with the parodies. Though only a small affair it provides the motivation to really hone the act and with 5 minutes on the clock for the first heat I'm forced to do more of that talking stuff as two songs is too long and one song will leave a lifetime of stage time hanging if I haven't got some funny to front load with. I have a plan, Wales this week will tell me if it will work.
On the DDP front, Manchester now joins the dates for full show previews in July alongside Buxton and Morecambe. Sidestepping the actual festival in favour of a split evening with Tom Short's Star Wars show at Gullivers we'll be promoting the proverbial out of it beforehand to get bums on seats. After popping up on BBC Manchester last year we'll aim to visit them again alongside the LoveMCR Youtube channel and anyone else we can convince that an hour in our company is an hour well spent.
The only other DDP July date that's yet to be confirmed now is the one at The Glossop Comedy Festival and given I'm running that I'd say there's a good chance we'll get a slot. It's going to be a tough job allocating shows for the big weekend though as applications have been more than numerous and some people will be, unfortunately, left disappointed. Shortlisting will begin in Feb and by the end of the month the bill should be confirmed. Then it's a just a case of convincing large numbers of Glossopians and those in the surrounding area to come and enjoy the carnival!
The next Anything Goes Open Mic is at Isaac's in Glossop on Feb 6th. 14 acts are booked for either 5 or 8 minutes spots. It's going to be one heck of a show so make sure that if you're in the area you come down and enjoy a cocktail and some comedy. Socialising from 7pm, show starts at 8.