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Another Great Night

Posted in Friends, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 01/10/2011 by arabrhizome

Hey everyone. Sorry I locked in earlier and can write now. But unfortunately it’s not going to be a long post. I’m exhausted and just want to sleep. I had another great night with my friend. We had a lot of fun. I got to see her do her sets again. Se’s really very good. I always enjoy watching comedy when it’s well done, and she’s really very good at it. Anyway, That’s all from me. I really need to go to bed and wake up earlyish tomorrow and get some work done. So as always, stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

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Excellent Night

Posted in Culture, Friends, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 30/09/2011 by arabrhizome

Hi everyone. Sorry about the earlier one line titleless post. I had to lock in the date as I didn’t know if I would make it in time to write the post today. I was out with my friend. She has a couple of gigs this weekend here in town. It was great hanging out with her and just talking and having fun. I got to see her perform again, it was great as usual. The room was boiling and the punters were clearly not in the mood for crappy comedy. After the compare and the first act went on, and didn’t do that well if I’m being honest, it was clear that the room was ready to turn. But my friend got on and turned them back. She was great as usual. She slowly but surely brought the whole room back on side. It was fantastic to witness how easily a gig can go wrong and how it can be brought back from the brink. I mean before she got on the compare asked, as you do, if people were having fun, and quite a few said very clearly no. But then after my friend’s set everyone gave very loud applause and were clearly very happy. All in all it was a great evening. Now I have to go and try to do some work before I go to sleep. Stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

Spring Cleaning Interrupted

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 06/05/2011 by arabrhizome

Hi everyone, sorry about the earlier post. I just wanted to make sure to have a post for today. Anyway, I won’t be long, as I’m very sleepy. I woke up and started cleaning up my flat, which is more of a pig sty at the moment. It’s still a work in progress, and won’t be done until at least Sunday. Anyway, I had to stop cleaning to go out and meet a friend of mine who came up from London. We had a lovely evening. She’s a stand up and I went with her to the Glee club. I watched her perform and hung out with her and the other comedians afterwards. It was a lot of fun. I’m probably going to see her again tomorrow. Anyway, the point is all that fun made me very sleepy and I can barely keep my eyes open. So I hope you’ll excuse the short post. I’ll try to write a longer one tomorrow. Stay safe. Love you bye.

Working, Hanging Out, and Stand Up

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Friends, Me, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on 27/02/2011 by arabrhizome

Yesterday was a good day. I haven’t had one of those in a very long time. It started a bit weirdly. I ended up sleeping for about 12 hours and woke up quite late. I decided to go to town to work, rather than staying home. So I went to Broadway Cinema and sat in the cafe there. I spent most of my day doing work. Again it was mostly reading, but it was better than nothing. It was fun seeing the cafe fill with people and get quite loud, then empty up and become quiet. It was a bit of a cycle. I was going to meet a friend who I met on twitter during the height of the Egyptian revolution.

Around 6 she came over and we went and had some food at an indian place and then had a bit of tea. It was really fun. I haven’t hung out with people in a while now, and it was nice to go out and see someone. She was here to work, she’s a stand up. I went with her to the club and hung out with her and the other comics in the dressing room. It was an incredible insight into the world of a working stand up. The club, it has to be said, was a bit of a shit hole. But it still made me want to try out stand up even more.

Everyone was so nice to me when they heard about me wanting to try as well. Everyone gave me names of promoters and were really encouraging. I will try to write some material and have it ready to try out this summer. I want to get through writing a couple of chapters of my thesis before I try though. I need to get my work in order, than try stand up and see how that goes.

Anyway, this was the first time I met someone online and then met them in real life. I knew this friend before from a few tv and radio appearances and liked her material a lot. We got to talking while tweeting for the revolution in Egypt and just met up when she was here. I can say that I have a new friend now, and I’m really happy about that. After the show we hung out a bit with the headliner, who was a very nice guy, and chatted about stuff. The whole day, afternoon, and evening, were just lovely and I had an excellent time. It’s been a while since I felt this way and I’m glad I made the effort to go to town. Anyway, I need to go back to work now, I’m still quite late.

Christ on a Bike

Posted in Culture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 14/01/2011 by arabrhizome

I’ve decided to use today’s post to review Richard Herring’s new show Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming. As you might be aware, if you are an avid reader of this blog, I am a huge fan of his work. I find his approach to comedy to be unique and very intelligent. I also appreciate the considerable amount of free material he produces. He has a daily blog which you can read here, this is where I got the idea for this blog, an internet stand up and sketch show called ‘As It Occurs To Me’ or AIOTM (AIOTM), which you can download from iTunes as a podcast, a weekly podcast with Andrew Collins, which is also available from iTunes, and his website is a treasure trove of comedy related material like scripts that are free to read.

Given the insane amount of free stuff he gives out, I feel duty bound to buy his non-free output. But it’s not only a question of duty, I really like the stuff as well. His shows are very intelligent and very well constructed. The latest DVD release Hitler Moustache for example is a very smart attack on the rise of fascism and a very powerful defence of the democratic ideal, away from the neo-colonial slant the term democracy has taken in the last few years. You can buy most of his DVD back catalogue here. But that’s all about Richard Herring in general, what about his new show then? I hear you ask.

Well his new show is called ‘Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming’. It is a revived and reworked version of a show he wrote and performed in 2001. However, the new show isn’t just a repeat of the first version. He has rewritten the show completely, scrapping a lot and adding a lot.

The show explores Herring’s relationship with Jesus. As a committed atheist Herring seems to be obsessed with Jesus, as his mother points out during a heated discussion with his Christian parents about the ridiculous nature of their beliefs. His mother’s words seem to haunt him and cause him to have a dream that night in which Jesus challenges him to a bike race. The show through this artefact goes on to question the different representations of Jesus, and whether they fit with the historical Jesus.

The new testament is taken apart and many of its inconsistencies are exposed and brought to light. The show also has fun with the nature of the messiah. Herring asks for example how big would Jesus’s cock be? This is playing with the question of the divine/human nature of Jesus. He also asks how many Roman Catholic communions do you have to attend before eating a whole Jesus? The show is filled with interesting and intelligent observations of this sort.

The show isn’t a mean one though. Herring isn’t trying to turn people into atheists. He is simply exploring his own doubts about his lack of belief. If he doesn’t believe in Jesus, why is he obsessed with him? Herring is 43 this year, ten years older than Jesus when he died, and he wonders if he has achieved as much as him in this time. The show works very well and provides an interesting critique of Christianity and religion, that doesn’t spiral into militant atheism. Also it is very very funny. I highly recommend it. Check out his tour dates and buy tickets here.

Still in the Tunnel

Posted in Me, Silly Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 11/12/2010 by arabrhizome

Well today was basically the same as every other day since last week. No work and nothing new. The lasagne I made was a bit better today. I like how lasagne is better heated up the next day. I’m trying to get my head in the right place and work quickly. I think that I will try to be done with a first draft of this chapter by the end of the christmas holidays. At least that’s my plan. I’d like to go to Algeria with a draft sent to my supervisors. That would be nice. I’ve also been looking a bit more seriously at stand up open spots in the city and I’m not sure where to find them. I think that I will start going to clubs and asking them. They would probably know best. I think that I need to do something like that. I need to have a bit of a second career going on I think. What with 80% cuts in education, especially in the humanities I need a plan B. I wonder if they’ll let me stay if I am a stand up. It’s not like there are many of them.

Sad It Would Seem

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14/09/2010 by arabrhizome

It’s hard to put it into words but I’ve been feeling depressed for a while now. The reasons for this feeling are clearly manifold. But I think I can trace them all back to a feeling of stagnation. I feel like I’m not getting anywhere with my life. My thesis is going nowhere. I don’t know if I can find a job with such a thin cv. I don’t seem to be losing any weight even though I’m trying hard. And lately I’ve been fighting very hard not to start smoking again. It just feels like I’m on a plateau that doesn’t seem to have any boundary.

I know it sounds melodramatic and quite angsty, in a teenage kind of way. But it’s hard to shake this feeling when I sit in front of a blank word document and can’t bring my mind to do any work. Or when I read the same paragraph 20 times and find that my brain has tuned out somewhere in there. I think I need a change of scenery, but I’m not sure that it’ll help. I just don’t know what to do.

I know that I have a good life, all in all. I am lucky and privileged enough to be in a stable country. I am being paid to think. I have great friends. But I’m still feeling like there’s something missing. I feel like I need to do something that provides some instant gratification for a change. I need something that gives me instant results. Maybe my flirting with the idea of trying something on stage stems from that. I need to get some kind of instantaneous enjoyment. I remember the applause, it really is like a drug. So maybe that’s what I need to do, but in the mean time I still need to produce some knowledge, and that’s not happening. I also need to lose some weight, and that’s proving harder than I thought.

Anyway, enough deconstructing myself for your entertainment you voyeuristic vultures. I’m only joking, please love me. Well it seems I’ve got the low self esteem part and the needing the approval of others part of being a comedian ironed out, now to see if I can actually make people laugh. Well that’s the hard part isn’t it? finding the jokes. Oh speaking of which I have a question for my readership. Do you know of any place that does open mic nights in the Nottingham area? I’ve been looking but haven’t found one yet. Anyway, I shall go feel sorry for myself now. See you tomorrow for more of this self indulgent tripe.