Now, the set wasn't anywhere near my greatest. Far from it. Very sloppy in places and unfortunately I was kicking myself after (which luckily didn't hurt too much with the slippers on), as there were several jokes my brain decided to leave out. A shame, as I didn't do several key sections of the set I'd prepared. For example, telling the audience that I got married, but being happy, there's no comedy in it. I was then supposed to have qualified it with saying:
"I do come from a long line of long marriages. My parents have been married now for 36 years. My grandparents will have been married for 70 years this year. So I know the secret of a long, successful marriage. It's the ability to talk over each other and never listen to a word your partner is saying'.
Quite a big section to leave out. And as I said, there were several chunks like this. So I spent the rest of the night a bit annoyed at myself. This was compounded this morning by Steve Bennett's chortle review of the show (he was also apparently the head judge), which more than picked up on my shortcomings last night. It's not as if I didn't already know. Still, saying that, laughs were aplenty and several audience members were very complementary about my set. I'll take that over any poorly written review. But I will be working much harder on my material. And I must not forget to deploy those chuckle bombs at the right time next time.
Good work by all the acts, some exceptional comedy too, especially from Sunil Patel, the winner.
"...he’s happy as he’s recently got married..." (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk)