Browsing Archive: July, 2010

The Comedy Basement - Reading

Posted by Andre King on Sunday, July 25, 2010,
The comedy basement is a new venue just off the main street of Reading at 8 Queen Victoria Street. This is a brand spanking new venue. It's downstairs (as the name implies) from the Cosmopolitan Bar & Bistro - who incidentally do a pretty good Americano Coffee. The venue itself is quite small, seating between 30 & 40 people. The room is "L" shaped with the stage sited in the corner providing good lines of sight to the entire room. A small portable bar is at the back of the room by the main e...
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Things I've learned and just a couple more gags

Posted by Andre King on Monday, July 12, 2010, In : Work 
Ok, for any comics contemplating coming over to England, here's some advice;

1/- Definitely get in touch with Geoff Whiting of Mirth Control to assist in organising gigs PRIOR to your arrival. You can do so by emailing geoff@mirthcontrol.org this is so that you can have some paid gigs from the moment you arrive. Even if they're small paying gigs, they are paying gigs

2/- Try to avoid doing open spots or free gigs under the guise of "showcasing" or so other promoters/bookers can see you do your ...
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New material - 04/07/10

Posted by Andre King on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : Gags 
Thanks England, you have cured me of my misguided belief in "Global Warming" - Al Gore never visited Edinburgh.

I'm a big dude, I prefer seats on the tube that have no arms (I call them Thalidomide seats), so I can fit my hips in, invariably though the tube gets crowded and some fucker will come and sit next to me, which is why I like having porn video's on my phone. At least thats what I told my my girlfriend.

England; Home of the B.O.G.O.F!! "Buy One Get One Free!" We don't have that back hom...
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Sometimes, you just gotta do what you just gotta do...

Posted by Andre King on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : Life 
So you will be aware of the general plan - arrive in UK, get onstage, make some £'s

Which has so far been achieved, however, what I hadn't taken into account was that the world cup was on and England were in the running, as a result, many of the regular clubs cancelled a whole heap of shows which left a huge amount of comics without a pot in which to piss. Since England dropped out of the running, shows have been coming back online but there is now a whole bunch of established known comics wh...
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Andre King I'm a stand up comedian and actor living and working in New Zealand. Im a former private investigator, champion martial artist, soldier, debt collection agent & bouncer. I'm divorced, have two children - both girls and I live and breathe the stage, I've been blessed with the ability to make a room full of strangers laugh and it fills me with great satisfaction and sense of purpose when they do. This is my blog.
 
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