Browsing Archive: September, 2011

Great article on Chortle from Danny McGinlay

Posted by Andre King on Thursday, September 22, 2011,
'Being the compere on a comedy night fills many seasoned performers with trepidation. And rightly so – it’s a thankless, sometimes shitty, job. You are the canary in the mine, the very frontline in the battle between audience and comedian. You have to be likeable, create rapport with the crowd, and then, just as you have them where you want them, you have to humbly leave the stage for another act to benefit from your hard work. 

You have to keep the night flowing, occasionally mop up blood...

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Weekend Headliner - ME!

Posted by Andre King on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : Work 
Ok, so just over a year in country and I've secured my first weekend gig as the headline act for a major club chain - Jongleurs. R David MC, Trevor Crook opening with Kai Humphries in the middle section. Birmingham Jongleurs runs out of Oceana club on Hurst street and has played host to a variety of live entertainment since the early seventies. Mostly music gigs but now is running spoken word shows. This presents some problems as anyone who has ever tried to produce a comedy gig in a music ve...
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I don't mean to harp on about this but...

Posted by Andre King on Thursday, September 8, 2011,
I don't know how many times I've seen people working the open mike circuit, in some cases for a number of years who are still stuck doing open mike gigs and working for nothing. The big question being that they don't know how to get paying gigs, bookers will only offer them open mike spots, in some cases they only get booked because they have a car and are willing to drive the acts who will be getting paid for performing. The simple answer is this;

STOP DOING OPEN MIKE SPOTS!

Only YOU can make ...
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The Brilliance of Professional Gigs

Posted by Andre King on Monday, September 5, 2011, In : Work 
I've been a working paid professional in the comedy industry for a while now, and with moving to a new country, one does have to deal with starting from scratch (albeit with a boat load of experience behind you). When I came to the UK it was to. slake a my passion to learn more and experience more so that I could be a better comic. I had seen international acts travel to NZ for the comedy festival and most if not all were amazing. This lead me to believe that ALL acts from those respective co...
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About Me


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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