Early May I was invited to do a few gigs through MirthControl Comedy. I have done a few gigs with them before, and I like it. To me these gigs are a great way to see UK outside London and meet a new audience at the same time.
This time I was booked at Barbican Theatre in Plymouth and Welwyn Sports and Social Club. Two fun gigs where I proved to myself that my ‘Dark, twisted, absurd and without mercy’ style of comedy works outside of the safe areas in the London club world.
Barbican Theatre was a nice venue. A special standup stage next to the bar, and packed with a standup-interrested crowd. I had the good fortune to get my gig filmed by Purple Sunflower Media, and the clip even got exposure on Vimeo and Youtube. Since it also was my birthday it was a nice way to celebrate with a good time on stage. The MC Jonny Emmet had never seen me, but from his reactions in the clip when I walked off stage he seemed to like my stuff.
Next day I had the day off, and I met with Steve Jameson for a bowl of pasta and a nice chat in London. Steve is a man with a very interresting background. Childhood friend of Marc Bolan, singer in a pop-duo in the 1960-ies and a very funny standup comedian as the stage persona Sol Bernstein.
I first met Steve/Sol in Edinburgh, where we both were performing for the same company. One evening we performed at a “best of”-gig and that was the first time we met.
Later we met at the Pipeline in London, where we both performed with 20-minutes sets when Simon Munnery was main act. Steve said he really liked my material, which made me very proud. To get confirmation from such a professional colleague made me realise I was good and I should keep on doing standup.
We’ve kept in touch through Facebook, and I nowadays see Steve as one of my best friends.
Next day I spent with my friend Paul Foot at his place. It was so relaxing, and later in the afternoon he joined me to Welwyn where I was supposed to perform at the Sports & Social Club. At my request we drove small roads to get there so I could see the England that I’ve only seen on Midsomer Murders.
The gig was- to be honest-a success. As being brought up in a Lutheran society (Sweden) I know I am not supposed to say that, but I am very happy with that gig. I also met new comedy colleagues, among them David Tsanos.
I am very fortunate to have such good friends as Steve and Paul. Both are renowned comedians, but both of them support me in my standup and both of them see me as a comedy colleague. And both are-most importantly-real friends. And that is what is important in the end.