It feels like so long since I was last here writing pieces for you all to read, probably because it has been so long. But friends, there are good reasons. Please allow me to explain.
Firstly, I’ve been taking up writing again and I’ve decided that I’m going to try and really push for what I want this year. Now, there are only two things that I’ve wanted ever since I was a small child. One, I wanted to be a stand up comedian. Two, to work in central government in a Whitehall department. Up until recently, I thought I would have to settle for the latter, but upon realisation that a transfer to a department there was very unlikely, I started to focus on the former.
I’ve always written material since I was small and I’ve only ever wanted to make people smile and laugh and all of the things that come with a sense of humour, so at the start of this year, I decided that I was going to act upon this. I got together with two friends of mine, John & Ryan (Twitter; @Beynonson & @RyanPlugs) and we decided to start writing a sitcom. For me, this was a perfect start to air some of my comedic writings and I’ve got to tell you, the fruits of the sitcom so far are abundant! We have produced a lot of good material, a good story and a few episodes are already written to boot! There’s plenty more to come as well as we’re almost half way through the series. It’s looking promising already! I have great hope that this will come to fruition.
So, whilst I have been working on that for the past few months, I have been fairly tied up for time for the rest of my intellectual works. But, last weekend, I did a thing on Twitter where I raised money for Comic Relief by increasing my followers. Basically, people would follow and retweet me, then when I reached my target number of followers, which was 250, I would donate £50. A decent sum, I think you’ll agree. I reached the target with ease, exceeding it in a few short hours and whilst doing so, I felt that I had lots to offer to help raise money for good causes. I decided to do the one thing that I’ve always wanted to do, but have always avoided as I have been far too scared and have had far too many reservations about doing; I decided that I would perform Stand Up comedy for the first time in a charity gig that would feature a friend and a few other local comedians.
Upon this realisation, my first thought was “None of my existing material is good enough, start all over again”, so that’s just what I did! I have completely wrote a set in under a week for this hastily arranged gig. I am going to do compere and open with a set, which, being first on the bill is always nerve-wracking. But, I am confident in the material I have written and in my ability to deliver it, if not entirely sure at first… So, I have enlisted the help of a good friend and aspiring Stand Up comedian, Mr Jonathan Gravelle and we have another comedian lined up so far, who goes by the name of Paul James. Things are looking good! The most important thing to remember, is that whilst fulfilling a boyhood dream for me, it is primarily about raising a good sum of money for Comic Relief. Which is something that I’m sure we can all agree upon as a worthy cause.
The event is at The Ferryman, Briton Ferry, Neath on Thursday. Stage time is nine o’clock. So please, if you can, make your way to event and prepare yourself for an evening of laughter and fundraising!
With the set written, and with four days left to learn it and practice delivery, this week sure will be one of nervous intensity!
Thanks for reading,