the best joke you can muster is a half remembered 'knock-knock' joke with a forgotten punch line then read on.
Out’s Adrian Goldberg swaps presenting for standup and tests his
comedic flair in Birmingham’s top comedy venue, The Glee Club.
the help of Janice Connolly, alias Barbara Nice, her comedy persona,
Adrian gets some vital comedy coaching.
comedians, even the greats had to start somewhere and for Adrian
it’s an open mike night.
novice comedians draw to see who will get prime position. Or rather,
who won’t get the dreaded positions of first or last.
Adrian gets his first taste of stand up|
picks well, he’s third, but that does little to ease his nerves.
can heckle me. They can boo me. They can drag me off stage. It’s
Nice does little to reassure;
It’s like paying to go on a ride at Blackpool .. you’re on
it, you’ve got to go down all these big dips. You're thinking
I shouldn't really have got on this ride."
with his water pistol and some tried and trusted jokes, Adrian goes
down well with the audience, particularly his more topical gags;
you feel sorry for John Major? I do. I mean I’ve had a curry
- it’s never repeated on me 14 years later."
up by his success, Adrian is a little dismayed at Janice’s suggestion
of ditching the water pistol and trying to write some more original
tips for great gags
your thinking of taking to the stage yourself, or you could just
do with a funny gag to impress in the pub, Inside Out has the top
tips guaranteed to raise a titter!
- Audiences have excellent memories for funny gags so refrain
wherever possible from pinching jokes from your favourite comedian.
You may raise a laugh but you won’t get much respect on the
- Professional comedian Ed Byrne recommends contradiction as a
means of turning everyday observations into comedy. "I really
love my girlfriend. I can’t stand to see her hurt or in pain.
If she falls over and hurts her knee I almost wish her pain
was my pain - just to stop her moaning about it!"
- Steer clear of sexism, racism and any other ‘isms’ you care
to mention, they do not go down well.
- Cheap or crude jokes eventually become tiresome - although obviously
no-one has mentioned this to Roy 'Chubby' Brown!
- It is a good idea to have your set memorised inside out and
back to front. There is nothing worse than getting on stage
and completely drying up.
give up your day job
- All comedians die on stage at some point in the career. If
you find yourself dying on a regular basis it may be time
to call it a day and leave it to the experts - at least they're
with all the advice, Adrian proves comedic flair is not necessarily
something that can be taught.
new set receives a luke warm reception at Sedgely Working Man’s
club, whilst he is heckled off stage at The Glee Club, where Adrian
performs to an audience of over 400.
call us ..
manages to remain remarkably philosophical about his stand up experience;
got to be brave. You’ve got to be funny. I’m brave. I’m not sure
I’m funny enough."
let Adrian’s experience serve as a warning to all you budding comedians.
is a very personal thing and just because you can raise a giggle
with your latest nun gag in the pub, it doesn’t necessarily mean
you're the next Billy Connolly!