(Why does he write this in English? Megalomania? Or just a way to share thoughts with international friends and followers? Well, that depends on your view on me as a person I guess)
2014 was the year when I took the step from unknown open mic-comedian to unknown semi-pro. I didn’t really have a choice: it was either develop my act or quit. So I just dived in – 100 percent. Regrets? Well, it is a bit late for that.
Of course there has been a few ups and downs, but there is no point in wasting energy on the negatives. 2014 was the year I started to focus more on myself and not letting others steal my energy. There’s just so many times you can hit the wall and survive.
There are quite a few persons I have become even more friend with during 2014, and I feel so much better focusing on them instead. Positive energy is so much better for the development and health.
So these are my standup-related highlights – 2014 in retrospect.
GASTA in Gävle
One of my favourite clubs in Sweden has always been there for me, and in 2014 I finally got my first paid support gig there. To me it was a receipt that I had reached the level of ”good” comedian. I love Gasta and the Gasta crew, so this was one of my greatest moments in 2014.
London i March
4 gigs in three days. My first 15-minutes gig in English. And the fact that the audience laughed a lot and wiped their tears and gave me applauces … for and old man with a childish dream – to make people laugh and get away with it.
It was such a fantastic moment. I’ll never be a ”known” comedian, but at least I now know that I can be funny in two languages.
MACK in Malmö
Also a bunch of great people, running a great club. In 2014 I got the chance to perform there three times (2 in Malmö and 1 in Lund). At first I was quite nervous since the club has a good reputation and I am (still) a nobody. But the welcome I got from the staff made me feel more or less at home. And the gigs went very well.
MY OWN CLUBS, in Stockholm, Kalmar, Jönköping and Alingsås
I learnt a lot from it. Both as comedian and as a clubowner. Things I have with me in to 2015 even if I won’t run any clubs. We will do one or two venues, but focus in 2015 will be on my own standup.
I ran these with the help of my daughter Jasmine. A big thanks to her, without her assistance I would probably have had serious health issues due to stress.
As always a very fun club to appear at. My favourite open mic, and a club I will always want to perform at if they want me.
This year I did my show Swedish Oddballs. As always with these Free Fringe shows off-off the main streets the crowds weren’t huge, but I never had to cancel. And some people from the comedy industry – comedians aswell as clubowners – saw my show and said they liked it. Made a few new contacts that will develop into interresting things in 2015.
I also was invited to do some other gigs, among others one ”favourites”-gig at St Marys and two similar at We Love Comedy. The guy that runs We Love Comedy – Sean Brightman – seems to like my comedy. He always makes me feel welcome and much better than I think I am. Good for my self-esteem to work with people with such positive energy.
One of – if not THE most respected club in Sweden became aware of me and invited me for a gig. They liked what they saw, and invited me again. And after these two shorter gigs I am now invited to do a 15 minutes set in January. To me this is a great feeling, since I see it as a proof that my comedy – which is a bit different from most Swedish acts – is becoming more and more accepted by people who count.
Some people have ment a lot to me in 2014
Especially I want to mention Manolis Zontanos, my Canadian Comedy friend. We seldom meet but have a comedy friendship that spans across the Atlantic. Always positive, always has som friendly words.
Sean Brightman, Clara Heimy, to great clubowners and comedy friends. Kate Smurthwaite, who takes the time for an old Swede even though she is quite busy. Three good UK friends that I really like to work with. Paul Foot – who even though he is charging on towards fame and stardom always takes the time for a cup of tea or a pie with an old friend. And back home in Sweden people like Hans Carstensen, Gerda Bylund and the Betnér brothers have given me energy to keep on when everything has been dark and hopeless.
So thank you all – clubs and comedians – and let’s make 2015 an even better year for standup.