They sent me the calendar for September, October and November so I could see what free dates they had and as you would expect from a venue that offers itself for free hire there were very few dates left to pick, but I settled on Wednesday November 13th.
Now that it is almost confirmed it is dawning on me that what I’m about to do is actually real and not just something I have been saying to myself in my head for the past couple of years. At least I hope it is too myself, I’m going to now think “you fuck, you snooping cunt” over and over again just in case someone has invented a device to read people’s minds.
So much is running through my head right now: Is the venue as easy to get to as I originally thought? Is a room with a 50 person capacity enough? Is it in fact too much? Will I be able to attract comedians good enough that people will want to pay to see? Will I be the only person to turn up and have to sit in the audience and heckle and laugh all on my own?
I know the majority of the events that the venue puts on are free entry, but I can’t possibly offer a free event unless I can afford to lose a few hundred quid every time, which sadly I’m not in a position to do.
Good comedians will only do free shows if there are a lot more than 50 people in the audience, and if there is TV on offer. I could get comedians to do it for free, but they would be open mic standard comedians who will attract about five people, if that.
While I am nervous about what is coming up, I am also looking forward to the challenge with just as much gusto. I want to do something different from other comedy shows, one thing I’m looking at is booking four acts and a compare instead of the normal three acts. One of them would be a 10-minute open mic spot.
Exciting (and nervous) times.