31 January 2012

New Year's Resolution

Because I can't see why not.

I'm not usually one to make New Year's resolutions. I don't smoke, I'm not overweight, I eat well and I exercise almost every day, so the usual kind of annual-promises-to- oneself aren't really necessary in my case.*

A few weeks before the end of 2011, however, I heard somebody say something that stuck in my head like dried Weet-Bix on a cereal bowl:

"I wanted to do something that really scared me."

Bingo. That sounded like the kind of resolution I could make. But what? What could I do that would turn my legs to jelly and shrink my confidence to a quivering snowflake? 

Go into confined spaces a few hundred metres underground?
Done it. 

Get a little too close to wild animals?
Done it. 

Walk into a room full of people who want to punch me?
Done it. 

All that's left to do, really, is stand up in front of a crowd of people and try to make them laugh while other people judge me. So my 2012 New Year's Resolution is this:

I will enter Raw Comedy.

A few things scare me about this. 
First, I'm scared that people will assume that I think I'm funny in an up-myself way. In fact, it's my friends who have been telling me I'm funny, and I want to find out if they're lying. 
Second, I'm scared of stuffing up. After weeks of writing and rehearsing, I could go on stage and be absolute shite, forget a line, trip over or start crying. 
Third, I'm scared that people won't laugh. I know, right? What a cliche. 

Only one thing stands between me and the fulfillment of my resolution (Or, in case Mum's reading: the fulfillment of my resolution and me). The Sydney heats are full, and I'm currently on a waiting list. That means I only get to compete if someone else drops out - which could be with less than 24 hours notice - AND if Hubbo is off work and AND if someone can look after the kids while I make the 90km trip to the venue. 

But yay. I'm excited. Hopefully soon I will be able to tick the box on my To Do list next to "Give Stand-Up A Red Hot Go", just under "Learn a Martial Art" and above "Make a Souffle". 

Stay tuned...

*To be perfectly honest, I could really afford to cut down on Twitter and Bhuja Mix.


  1. Heh. You have a torch on your head.

  2. Anonymous4:01 pm

    Is this going to be your first ever time doing stand-up? Because there are plenty of open mics you can do whenever you want. Don't need to do it during a ridiculously long, overly-full comedy competition.

  3. Well you have at least one new source of material courtesy of MD :-)

    What's the correct form of well-wishing for a stand-up? Slip-on-a-'nana?

  4. @geeforce778:12 pm

    Yes! Do it!!

  5. open audience? just give me a date Shell. i'll laugh loud enough to sound like lots of people. such a great idea. you'll be amazing!