Stand Up Build Up

I don’t like posting when it’s just a series of excuses.

Instead, I’m going to instigate another 40 hours in 30 days in June.

And I’m also going to say that, while my other kinds of fiction have done very little over the last 5 or so weeks, I have been working on my stand up comedy. I performed a week and a half ago, to an audience of higher-ups in the EFL teaching career path – book-writers and bloggers and much more professional teachers than myself who attended a conference. My boss had me perform at the end of the drunken dinner at the end of the day – a cross between my stand up (all the teaching and language jokes) and and after dinner speech (including topical references to the day’s conferencing). Everyone said I did a really good job, and it was a great end to the day, so it’s boosted my confidence ahead of us performing in a week or two. Again, I don’t like posting my jokes on here, especially since so much of it is about delivery…

… but I’ll be more prolific again soon, I’m pretty sure.

Groanworthy Jokes and 3 Minute Haikus.

Hello, Blog.

I looked back over the past couple of weeks and thought – Oh, I’ve not been very productive. But that’s not entirely true.

First off, I’ve been writing reports. In Spanish. And some reports in English. It’s been moderately time consuming. I’ve also been creating (and marking) my own exam papers. This term, more than previous ones, I made an effort to create a fair few of the questions myself, rather than just cutting and pasting them from teacher book exam papers, and I’m quite happy with the results.

Secondly, I’ve made the discovery that writing poetry on a whiteboard is actually a really good place to do it. I spend so much of my working day using the medium of whiteboards to express meaning, and shuffling things around and making it look understandable that when I taught haikus to my Advanced Class yesterday, I actually found it quite easy to cut and move words around and get what I wanted to say. I think I need to buy a little one for myself.

Here they are.

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Nose Fluting

Just a quick post to say, yes, I have been writing this week, and no, I’ve got nothing to show for it… except a performance. You see, I’ve been writing comedy, for my second proper attempt at stand-up comedy. I have a set of about 6 minutes, including two songs on the Nose Flute, which is the whole reason I’m funny.

I’m having a real go at writing some funny jokes and scenarios, too, but don’t expect them to be fantastic. Also, I feel that they don’t work just written down – they have to be performed and delivered. So, unfortunately, I won’t be posting my as-yet-untested material here.

It feels like a real let-down to be missing a deadline so early in the game on this whole Blog posting business, but I’m comforted in the knowledge that I have been writing, (as well as practising saying my lines and pulling faces in front of the mirror,), and that I’m trying something new and learning creative skills, which is why I’m doing this.

I could have pulled another old poem out of the bag for you, but I want time to go over my old poems and fix them before I stick them here. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a post tomorrow. However, I expect you’ll have to wait to the Weekend for my next appearance here.

See you soon, and wish me luck for tonight!