So it’s a new year – again. 2015 had a few ups and downs. Mainly due to my own inability to focus on myself instead of others. But this year I will be more of an egocentric. In 2016 I expect to improve my standup. Take the step from excentric newbie to unique pro. Without selling out my ideals, without loosing my originality.
Last year – 2015 – I chose to do fewer gigs than earlier years, but with higher quality and also on more challenging places. No intent to disrespect the Open Mics, but after 6 years intensive gigging in four countries, and doing full sets in UK aswell as in Sweden, the challenge in doing 6 minutes on a club where the clubowner really doesn’t care about having you on if you can’t help with stuff for free, for an audience that is too drunk to even understand what you talk about isn’t THAT big. Also – if I want to move on to a higher level I must choose gigs where I develop my act and feel welcome.
I have some favourite places in Sweden where I perform given a chance. Big Ben Standup and Norra Brunn in Stockholm, Gasta in Gävle, TICK in Gothenburgh … and a few more. I also feel that when in UK. I guess it is because my standup is a bit different. Mature, absurd, dark and sometimes bitter.
So, what are my plans for 2016, you ask?
Well, even if you DON’T, I will tell you.
- I will keep on doing my soloshow ”Så Mycket Bitter” on different places in Sweden. Main focus will be south Sweden, but I also plan to do Västerbotten.
- Some Scandinavian club gigs: Sweden, Norway, Denmark and maybe even Finland.
- I will make an attempt to establish myself in Denmark. This is a natural development, since I am born in the south of Sweden, have friends and relatives down there and a daughter in Denmark.
- Since I started with standup I have also worked with running clubs, in order to get good gigs for promising standup colleagues. Although there is less time – and energy – for this in 2016, I plan to arrange a few such gigs around Sweden.
- I am currently working on a soloshow in English as a followup to mu ”Swedish Oddballs” that I did in Edinburgh 2014. This time I will not do Edfringe or any other festival, but instead I want to do the British countryside. 10 gigs in two weeks. At the moment it is a question of financing. As soon as that is fixed, I am off.
Furthermore I would really like to visit my friends in Canada and USA – people like Manolis Zontanos, Kate Davis, Dustin Chafin, Jason Rouse. And who knows – that should not be impossible. Time will tell.
Until then, CU out there in the world of standup.