October 30, 2006
Today, I spent too much money at officeworks, buying stationery and other tools to help me write comedy. Writing jokes that you are going to say aloud in front of a whole bunch of people is so different to writing stories which people are going to sit quietly by themselves and read.
So I have one large whiteboard, two small magnetic whiteboards, and the whiteboard starter pack (four textas, a ‘duster’ and the spray you need to use after you’ve used the textas for a long time). I also bought yet another pack of index cards. Because I seem to need to buy a new pack of index cards once every five years or so.
I also had to buy a packet of red dot stickers in exchange for the four year old’s silence.
October 29, 2006
Last night was okay, but no applause. The new joke didn’t work. The premise of it is good (I still think), and the delivery of it was no different to other parts of the script, which leaves the the devil in the detail.
After working for weeks to slow it down, now I need to speed it up again.
Now that the rest of the routine is working so well, the weakness of the end is really showing up. So I spent today looking at the structure of the script. Something I haven’t done for a long time. I have chopped the end off for now, and put a space in the script where I can try new material. And I’ve written the new joke I’m going to try next week.
How would it go if I set myself the task of writing one new joke every day? Bit like all my other ‘just half an hour a days’ I’m guessing. Look where it got my Spanish.
October 22, 2006
Last night’s crowd clapped at two of my jokes. It’s the first spontaneous punchline applause I’ve had.
The end of the routine is still quite soft and my I will work on that this week.