A few years ago I and my daughter Jasmine ran a few standup clubs around Sweden. We called them Madcap Comedy, except for in Stockholm where it was named Edge Comedy. The idea was to give new and upcoming comedians the chance to perform outside their comfort zones, and with more established comedians in order to improve as standup acts. We never made any money from them. In reality the only ones that got anything out of it economically were the comedians and the taxman.
We ran clubs in Kalmar, Eskilstuna, Alingsås and Stockholm. we used to have one main act, one support act and two new comedians. The lineup was completed with a compere. It was quite fun though, since we were able to offer really good international and Swedish acts to the audience. Manolis Zontanos, Jason Rouse, Clayton Fletcher, Kate Davis and Paul Foot were among my international friends who appeared on stage. Swedish acts like Tomas Oredsson, Marika Carlsson, Zinat Pirzadeh, Ann Westin, Erik Löfmarck and even Magnus Betnér helped with making the idea come true by performing with the rest of us.
During the years we The premiere evening was in Stockholm, and among the comedians was a friend and colleague from UK – Kate Smurthwaite. Kate is an acknowledged and very good comedian with a social pathos. The kind of comedian that there are too few of. So when she told me she would gladly headline at my club on the premiere evening I was ever so excited.
The new acts in the lineup had a real good chance to see a pro perform. The way Kate worked with a crowd that wasn’t too good in English, and that didn’t one hundred percent understand her comedy. And still after 25 minutes she went off stage to applauces and cheers from a crowd that had taken her to their hearts. She showed the newer colleagues that if you work hard you CAN be good enough to win over any crowd.
That was quite a few years ago now. Jasmine started studies, I got a “real” job and had to focus on my own standup in the little spare time I had. But the idea to arrange standup where new upcoming acts can get to perform outside of their comfort zone still lives in the back of my head. So don’t be surprised if I one day or the other announce a new project-preferrably on an international level. Until then: Rejoice and cavort!