Sunday, 3 November 2013

Comedy concerts

Hello and welcomes to RICS. The place where you find everything from music to faith. Today you will even find some comedy.

Knock Knock...

Who's there? 


Dexter who?

Dexter halls with boughs of holly...

That was just to get you into the Christmas spirit, just like every retailer trying to push the Christmas spirit since the beginning of October. You will be happy to know that the rest of this post will not be as cheesy as that joke was, so if you have stuck around, good on you.

Last week I was privileged to experience an event unlike any I have been to before. The event was put on by LoveSA Music, a company you should definitely check out if you are interested in quality South African music. It was different because the organiser amalgamated two very different genres in an effort to make the night more enjoyable. Taking two of peoples favourite things and mixing them in a cocktail that could go very well or very badly. Comedy and music. Two of my favourite things (did I just quote Sound Of Music?). 

The night comprised of three acts. The opening act was Jacques Moolman who is the front-man for Shadowclub band. Then Ryan Whittal (the comedian for the evening) took to the stage. Finally the headline for the evening was Matthew Mole, who I am sure everyone reading this knows because we promote him like nobody's business. So three acts, two music and one comedy. What was the result?

The result was a performance that brought in two very different genres of entertainment. The result was an evening of fun, good clean fun for the whole family. The result was that I got thinking about how viable this would be as a concert, and the idea for this post was born.

I think that this type of event is something that should be done on the norm. Not every concert should have this structure I agree, but there is a definite market for the experimentation with it. Think about the last concert you were at. You were all excited, you have arrived five hours before to make sure you are the first person to be pushing the next person to make sure you get that spot directly in front of the stage. You haven't gone to the toilet for those five hours because you won't make it back to your spot. So you wait, and finally the MC walks onto stage and everyone loses their minds. In my experience, if the MC has been average, the 'amptness' you were feeling dissipates somewhat. But you let it slide because you are so excited for the music. The opening act then further determines the evening based on their quality. But once again, you can let that slide based on the fact that you are here to see the band you paid the money to see. 

My point throughout that was to say that many things can hinder the quality of an evening. In my experience, I think that if you were to get someone, such as a comedian to come on stage in the beginning to settle everyone down, as well as after the opening act, just for a few minutes at a time, the waiting time will feel less, and your feet won't feel as though they don't exist by the end of your five hour wait. 

How practical is my idea? The practicality of my idea is based on my own thoughts and therefore I would love to hear feedback form you as to what your opinions on this are. Would you want to see a comedian at a concert? Do you think that a concert is no place for a comedian? What are your thoughts? 

Some warnings to people thinking they want to try this... make sure that the comedian you get is funny. If the comedian is not funny, you going to have a bad time, those five hours will feel like an eternity (the non-saved kind). Make sure that you know the comedians material and ensure that you proof read the content before. The last thing you want is for you to bring a comedian to a family event and nothing but profanities are thrown around for 10 minutes. Judge the crowd, if you are hosting a metal concert, perhaps the comedian idea is a bit far? I am not sure, let me know. Most importantly, make sure they are funny. I am repeating it because I am not trying to be funny. Seriously. 

A new pastor was visiting the homes of his parishioners.

At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a card and wrote "Revelation 3:20" on the back of it and stuck it in the door.

When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, Genesis 3:10."

Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter.

Revelation 3:20 begins "Behold, I stand at the door and knock." Genesis 3:10 reads, "I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid, for I was naked."

Have a rocking week everyone

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  1. Hey J

    I think comedy and music could go really well together as the 2 media often have a message to convey, and thus could entertain the audience more effectively. An example of this is crude comedy trio 'the lonely island'. They entertain their audience with both media and because this type of entertainment is a niche, their impact on the audience is more memorable

  2. Hey Edwin,

    Thanks for your comment. That's exactly what I was trying to say through all that. I'm glad you picked it out through the bad jokes.

    Thanks again for your comments Edwin.

  3. haha they weren't THAT bad. hahaha