Did a gig last night in Sheffield. Note to self - the opening 30 seconds of one's set are absolutely critical for giving the right impression to the audience. I'm terrible at opening my set - well, not terrible, but certainly need to work on it. It's not as important in a 20 minute set if it takes 5 minutes to get going, but it's pretty frustrating in a 10 minute set! Feedback last night from promoters was ok, but neither myself nor the audience were all that impressed with my performance. It was fun, but we'd all seen better.
However, all was not lost. I kept my confidence throughout and enjoyed a bit of banter with the more vocal members of the audience - some of the laughs were unscripted - always a nice feeling. In addition, I got to watch a phenomenally good headliner - Andrew Maxwell, who made me do every sort of laugh I do.