I’m a local amateur stand-up comedian involved with the good people from Comedy ACT. We run the open-mic comedy night at the Front, the long-running and successful Civic Pub comedy club and the most recent addition the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Comedy Club, which has had a run of strong crowds over the past three months.
Driven by a committed nucleus of performers, technicians and supporters this group has grown from a handful of hopefuls scratching for places to tell jokes to the heart of a burgeoning arts community.
We want to keep building so the point of this post is to get some community feedback about stand-up comedy as an art-form, specifically, in the context of the local scene. Please give us your honest feedback (sparing bagging out individuals if possible…). Possible lines of comment:
Have you heard about the local comedy gigs in the ACT? Would you go along to see them/go back/bring other people? Did you enjoy it?
What did you like/dislike and what can we do better? (Too rude, too much swearing, audience participation, just not funny)
What would you like to see more/less of? (Musical comedy, avante garde, competitions, impro, etc)
Do we need more venues/comedians/courses? We’re talking about getting another venue happening in Belconnen – would you support this?
Have you ever though you might be ok at stand-up?
We’re talking here about local scene, places like the Canberra Theatre and Street Theatre do a great job bringing big-time acts like Arj Barker and Ross Noble and we hope to build upon and draw from the great support these acts bring to improve on a local level.
Any comments would be appreciated.
Thanks for reading this – check out www.comedyact.com.au