Stand-up Or Die
Writing with the sure knowledge that nobody is going to read this.
So. The first two attempts at stand-up comedy were far less successful than I hoped for. Maybe I’m setting too high standards for myself, but there you are. I am not far off 60 years of age now – I haven’t got time.
A large part of me wants to kill myself right here and now. No, that’s not entirely true. The mechanics of self-slaughter are not so easy as those cunts who call it ‘the easy way out’ have any fucking idea about! Fucking arseholes!
I will try some more yet. I am off to a weekend workshop called “Always Secretly Wamted to Try Stand-Up Comedy?” (the spelling mistake is not mine, by the way). I am booked into this and into a B&B in Exeter for it. The process of getting this has been an utter pile of shit! Paypal have been cunts and I will be closing my account with them as soon as the last transactions have cleared. I’m not going into details about all that.
Coupled with this is my increasing frustration and rage at the way once I get used to working with some aspect of modern technology, the fuckers go and change it! This is happening more and more and more as time progresses, especially in the last several months. I feel that the world is changing in ways I cannot put up with any more. You can’t even look at the BBC website now unless you log in! Fucking bollocks!
And the way things are going in the world appal me. The growing fascism in Britain since “brexit” is getting seriously nasty! Racism and all sorts of xenophobic and otherwise hatred is now an accepted stance it seems. A public speech by the current foreign minister (I can’t remember the turds name) has been accurately compared with chapter two of fucking Hitler’s book Mein Kampf! If things continue as they are going I can seriously see a need for armed conflict to fight for justice and to rid us of this fascism. This is no fucking joke.
To return to my more personal issues, I have been off the booze for over six months now. That the final day was my birthday has helped me to stick with it. I was actually given a cup of mead on Saturday by a good friend – why the fuck she didn’t realise I wasn’t drinking is beyond me! I was shocked. Didn’t drink it. But a large part of me is feeling I want to go back on the booze. A terrible decision if I do, from all health aspects, and financially.
But also there is the ‘who gives a fuck’ attitude. If the stand-up isn’t going to work I will kill myself. I haven’t reached that stage at all yet but I have nothing else to live for. Part of me thinks a few drinks may help loosen me up a bit – both for my performance and for socialising before and after my spot. Otherwise I tend to be like a spare prick at a wedding! Also, if I were to embrace the ‘who gives a fuck’ (WGAF) mentality in my performance, perhaps enhanced with some alcoholic lubrication, it could really help my performance! And if I’m going to die it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work and if I fuck up and make a fool of myself! A lot of my problems come about because I don’t fully let myself go into something, I hold back. Again, I may be being too hard on myself here – I’ve only done the stand-up twice, one only before a public audience.
I can’t quite find the right words for this here and now. But if I’m going to kill myself what does it matter what I do in my stand-up attempts? Do or die. Kill or cure. WGAF? I know what I mean, and no doubt shortly after I publish this I will remember the words to express it. If I’m going to die anyway, I might as well fucking go for it in my performance – WGAF!