Mixed Race, Pure Ego - and I don't always get it right!
I've been doing comedy since 2016, and not coincidentally it was after Brexit that it really started in earnest. My first comedy gig was in club down in Oval in South London run by a compere who herself was 30 minutes later. The place was like a shaken - totally ramshackle. There was barely a stage just a makeshift plinth and people kept wondering in and out - it meant that I did my set with minimal pressure.
Racist Lover- (to the music of Phil Collins' 'Easy Lover') 29th March 2018
This was one of my most daring moments on stage, where i first performed my rendition of Racist Lover, a musical satire on the relationship between UKIP Leader Henry Bolton and his model girlfriend Jo Marney who was caught making a series of racist statements over text. The singing isn't the best but exhilarating certainly and probably one of my best gigs all told.
Graduation Gig Chris Head's Comedy Course - 23rd July 2018
This was my graduation gig with Chris Head's comedy course. One of the tightest sets I've done - obviously you're working with a rather sympathetic audience (it's the friends and family of course participants that comprise the crowd). I like it in terms of how I establish my voice, and how I weave in the themes I'm interested in exploring on stage: race, identity, Britishness and it's got a decent arc to it too. Nice.
Live at The Castle Pub (Sonia Aste's gig) - 19th November 2019
Content, a segue into more material about being mixed race and belonging. This is an example of a gig where you don't really build rapport with the audience early - all it takes is a subtle lapse in how you deliver a line or not being clear on your comedy persona - and then you to have to struggle somewhat to warm the audience up. This was a bit of a belligerent set but I came through it by about 06:00 on the video.