Timehop showed me this picture, which reminded me I used to bunk off work, many years ago and play snooker with my mate Ben. A different Ben.
There's no way the snooker club could have survived the creation of the massive cross-rail hole yet, surprisingly there's little evidence of its absence on the internet.
A bit of casual googling would lead you to believe it's still there. I'm refusing to look any further, I'm going to convince myself it's still going.
September 26, 2016 | Permalink
Related to yesterday's thing. There's also a great bit in the Mark Watson interview where he talks about the 40 minute lull you often get in one hour stand-up shows. He once, apparently, specifically addressed this by giving an audience member a stopwatch and asking them to chant LULL! LULL! LULL! at 40 minutes. That is genius. Thinking about the rhythm of attention is important and not something people normally do when they're writing a presentation. They tend to assume everyone's going to be focused for as long as they're going to talk. They're not. You have to design some peaks and troughs, assume there'll be some bits where they're not listening as hard.
September 25, 2016 | Permalink
I've been listening to the Comedian's Comedian podcast recently and I've chanced across the odd thing that might be relevant for those thinking about presentations.
For instance, 6 minutes into the Dara Ó Brian episode there's talk about how we always starts with a couple of 'Trust Me I'm A Comedian' jokes. Nothing complicated just guaranteed laughs before he gets into anything improvisatory or fancy. 'Trust Me I'm A Comedian' is a good way to look at it. Establish some trust. Establish you know what you're doing. That's why banging straight in with a story, or maybe even a fanfare, is useful - it shows that you've done this before.
September 24, 2016 | Permalink
September 21, 2016 | Permalink