Wednesday I performed at Göta Källare in Stockholm as warm-up for Jason Rouse. Friday I got a phonecall from Karl-Axel Björnberg who asked me if I wanted to fill in at Klavér that evening since he had recieved some cancellations.
The Göta Källare-gig was a good experience. The arranging company was not too used to host comedians, so we never got any introduction and there was no MC. When I was going up I was told they had to do a soundcheck so I had to get off stage again. And when it was my time the audience had left for the bar or went out for a smoke. When I started there was about 20 persons left, but the longer I was performing the more they became. And when I went off I guess they were at least 75 people enjoying my comedy.
Then I announced Jason Rouse, and I got a chance to watch him perform again. You could tell at once that this was HIS crowd. He seemed to be enjoying it a lot, and he got a lot of love and appreciation from the m. It was like a rock concert. I enjoyed Jason when we did the gig in Gävle, but he was even better here.
At Klavér I jumped in with 1 hours notice and did a great gig. I started off with my understand women-routine and got big laughs and applauces from the beginning. I then held the audience in my grip the whole time, and even a new joke about travelling round the world got laughs. My jokes about my wife gave laughs and applauces, and when I went off I was very happy.
The fun thing is that I realise that the audience and fellow comedians think I have developed from a newbie to a good rookie that delivers every time. Since they are the ones that count – audience and colleagues – it makes me happy to hear that they like me. I am not used to be flattered, but I like it 😉
I can understand if some of you think:”Oh no, as if it was not enough that he has worked with Anders Celin, will he be influenced by Jason now?”
No not at all. I am convinced that the only way for me to get somewhere with my stand up is to keep on building my own character and style. But I would be quite self-righteous not to listen to advice I get from people who have this as a profession when they are kind enough to provide it to me. And I think I am lucky to get advice from two such original comedians.
The best advice I have recieved is the one I will focus on: As Anders says – have fun on stage, and as Jason told me – be yourself, don’t listen too much to others.
Maybe I will succeed, and maybe I won’t. But regardless what happens, I will have a really wonderful comedy-autumn.
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