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I've got one night left at The Glee Club Birmingham. It's been fun. Sorry that the previous three word comment has no edge, it's just you can't say anything about any fucker these days or indeed any institution or any virtual existence like a 'circuit'. Rowan Atkinson is still putting the case forward for the right to be offensive, people are still being 'offended' about things but hopefully we'll see sense and people will be allowed to say what they like about anything. Actually these words I'm typing now probabaly offend people.
You know what I get offended by in stand up comedy?!! Comedians who steal material. Comics who get on their high horse and tell you that they entertain real people, that they're not ponsy, pretentious middle class liberals (whatever that actually is), that they're not anti comedy, that what they do isn't cafe comedy, it's not lentil eating, tree hugging vegetarian comedy (they always get cullinary jibes in somewhere and de-foresting!), that it's good old fashioned 5 gags a minute joke telling and funny stories and entertaining the workers who've had a hard week, even though a lot of people work in offices these days. You then hear stolen shit all the way through or ridiculously generic observations that they pass off as their own.
After studying Bill Hicks for a show I did in Edinburgh this year (feels like a bloody lifetime ago now), the amount of people I've seen that claimed that what he did wasn't in the slightest bit funny funny and then later you see them actually doing one of his gags is atounding and hilarious at the same time. After a dodgy, bordeline, sick, crude rant, you give it a couple of beats and say 'I'm also available for children's parties'. It's Hicks' joke and a lot of other ones are as well that these people nick and call themselves comics.
Anyway tonight, It's day three and I'm on with Maff Brown, Marlon Davies and Zoe Lyons. No stolen jokes there. It's been fun (there's that word again) but it's never quite kicked off yet. Nice crowds and last night was almost brilliant save for a couple of talkers down the front but it's never gone through the stratosphere yet. I'd love to do a stormer as I sign off but you never know these days in comedy clubs. Never mind. The comedy results will come in and hopefully I might get an away win. Speak tomorrow.
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