Like sands through the hour glass....

November 25, 2010
WHEW! 
Hello my lovelies! I do sincerely apologise for not dragging my backside back here sooner, I know it has been a while since I updated my blog. But I'm here now and finally have a little time to scratch and tell you all about it!

Life has become very busy, you may recall I was being chased by another agent to sign with them, cutting a long story short, that didn't work out due to conflicts of interest between other parties, party to the party that I bring whenever I take to the stage. Party cancelled. However, on the basis of my previous performances the chase was back on and due to a little diplomacy and negotiating on my part, it now looks like I will have two agents working on my behalf. This in turn should lead to a higher level of work and of course higher fees, but as they say, the proof is indeed in the pudding, so we shall see what the future brings!

I think in my last post I was scheduled to appear in Shirley Birmingham - which turned out to be Solihul Birmingham, which resulted in me getting off at the wrong train station for the show, catching 4 buses, then wandering around the streets of Solihul trying to find the venue because the hotel didn't know its own post code! 

I do recall from that gig that Brian Higgins was on (whom I worked with in Bournemouth Lava Ignite), he did very well, there was also a young lady on and regrettably I didn't really have a chance to talk to her too much and don't recall her name off the top of my head. I did quite well at that show, a bus load of old age pensioners showed up and they were the filthiest bunch of blue haired codgers you'd ever seen! One Nana made a point of telling me that she was going to have to excuse herself to the bathroom to wring out her knickers! She was from Sheffield and therefore lying about having to wring out her knickers, no one in Sheffield wears knickers!

The next gig was in Amsterdam Comedy Cafe, courtesy of Bob Mclaren offering me the 5 min spot he was down to do. Nice to perform there (if only to say that I had!) Loved Amsterdam, beautiful city, lovely people, had a ball - pics are available on my facebook :D

I then returned home to do Palmers Green, followed by an audition in Cardiff, Wales for a new comedy sketch TV show (I didn't get the role - didn't know enough about Brit politics/Politicians). Then picked up a last minute booking for the 2010 Disabled British open golf tournament!  Whoever organised that tournament must have hated the golf club rep, just to watch each entrant walk up to the rep & watch him squirm while he had to ask 'What's your handicap?'

That gig followed up by shows in Marlborough & Bombay Bills in Exeter, then the beginning of October did my first gig for Off the Kerb at Funny Bones Centre Stage in Bournemouth, held my own against Sean Walsh & Terry Alderton, two very experienced and ridiculously funny acts and based on my performance picked up a couple more shows through another booker. 

That was quickly followed by more gigs in Woldingham, West Byfleet, Colchester, Northwich, Matlock, Bracknell and a stellar gig in Basingstoke which my mum, family friend Lorraine and the lovely Mareena were able to attend and see me perform. October was rounded out with performances in Swindon, Worcester, Lancaster, Brentford, the Dukes head in Putney and Middlesbrough. 

November started off slow with a Jongleurs gig on my birthday and then nowt for the next week, then hit Horsham, Potters Bar, Bath, then a trip to The Empire Tavern in Belfast, Gosport Naval Base, A private gig in Bramley, two nigfhts in Liverpool, two nights in Croatia and an MC spot in South Cadbury followed by Manor house tonight!

It has been a busy couple of weeks with back to back performances and December is looking like it will be busier than this month! I have achieved my goal of £500 per week from comedy and am now pushing for the next goal of £750 p/week. It's taken me just short of 4 months to achieve that goal I'm only pushing for £250 more so will aim to have that figure down by end of month January! Wish me luck!!!!

Click here : http://inmagazin.novatv.hr/multimedia/iz-in-magazina-stand-up-zvijezde-odusevile-zagrepcane.html

to see the Herzegovenia (Croatian) National News report of the show I did in Croatia which has earned me the title of 'Andre King - The Croatian Sensation'

 
 

A week away from an English Autumn

August 25, 2010
It's getting much colder now, but still not nearly as cold as I've felt in NZ during the winter months. Looking forward to wearing my very first winter coat with gloves and scarf, possibly even my "Christies" fedora?? Not sure if Ive told you the story of the fedora, I've always wanted one, some budget models found were £30 but were thin and didn't hold their shape very well and ultimately would have contributed to make me look like a scruffy bucket of knickers, however, after a bit of resea...
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Rewind Festival 2010

August 23, 2010
I have to admit, Ive never been to a pop music festival - no not even big day out, none of the BDO's that have ever been, I have ever attended. Rewind festival was positively overflowing with fans in their late 30's & 40's all of whom seemed to have the lyrics of every song hard coded into their DNA - stalls sold pink & purple leg warmers, coloured hair spray and hair gels, leather pilots helmets, string vests...and people were buying them - I bought a wrestling mask... mostly because I'd nev...
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Like sands in the hourglass... the gigs keep coming

August 20, 2010
Still working and now getting very close to my goal of £500 p/week. Currently earning between £250 & £350 p/week with surprising regularity, this week for instance will be £400 and next week will be £550. In general pretty happy with how the shows have been going, since the last show I blogged about in Reading I have managed to swing performances at The Old Rope, Thistle Hotel (NEVER AGAIN!), The Comedy Store, Highlight Camden, Up The Creek, Bournemouth - AWESOME never heard a crowd chan...
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The Comedy Basement - Reading

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

July 12, 2010
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

July 5, 2010
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...

July 5, 2010
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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ROOOAAAD TRIIIIIP! Pack some munchies and strap yourself in!

June 27, 2010
So I'm booked to perform with Jason Kavan, Paul Redwood & Taylor Glenn in Newquay & Torquay, towns (possibly cities) some 200 odd MILES away from London, none of these guys, I have ever met before, and jason has put his hand up to drive from London to the gigs in exchange for a little gas money. So a plan is forged!

My mission... should I decide to accept it is to make my way to Walthamstow Central Station by 130pm on Friday afternoon to liaise with Jason Kavan and journey with him to pick up ...
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The adventure begins!

June 22, 2010
Ok... if you read the dates - you know Ive cheated and Ive only just updated whats happened today, but there is a reason! I am without my computer, and have been for sometime. Why? Because I have quite literally sold everything I own in order to move to London England. (If you've been reading the blog you knew this already!)
So here I am! Jon Keyes gave me his magic number, I used it coming through customs and here I am until September 1st, legally entitled to work in England as a comedian! Ge...
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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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