I’ve hit the 6 month mark of my journey into the world of stand-up comedy and roughly the halfway mark for Stand Up or Die Trying, the documentary following my first year in stand up. I thought that it would be a good idea to do a bit of a mid-point wrap up about my experiences so far. It seems as good a time as any with the Cork News and The Mirror articles hitting today. I just wanted to clarify a few things, and bring up a few points I tried to bring up in the interviews.
Firstly, and I suppose most importantly, I just wanted to clarify that I haven’t actually quit my job as of yet, and never actually said that I did. It was an idea, but I need to be able to pay for my trips around the country to gigs, and over and back to London, so it was never really an option. It would have been a bit much quitting my job, then trying to raise money for the documentary so I could swan about the place trying my hand at comedy. What I’ve been doing is supplementing the money we’ve already raised for filming of the documentary with my own money until we find a production partner, distributor or other investor. This has pretty much been the plan from the get go, even though our welfare system is pretty generous, I don’t think it could quite fund a feature-length documentary. We’d love to be a situation where the documentary is fully funded so we can devote all our time to it, but at the moment real life matters like eating come into play! So I’m still working as normal, and spending my free time working on the documentary and comedy. Right, that’s that main bit of clarification sorted, so I can get on with a few thoughts on how things have been going so far. Continue reading