Mark Gladman’s Comedy Update – April 2007
It has been an amazing start to 2007. If you had told me what would be happening, I woul dnot have believed you!
Through an amazing array of events, I have found myself back in my old hometown of Toowoomba, working with St. Luke’s Anglican Parish as their new Youth and Families Minister. While there is still a bit to be done before we will have settled back into life and work in Toowoomba (including another house move which we have been looking forward to as much as you look forward to having teeth pulled), we are getting there.
The big questions everyone asks though is:
- WHAT DOES YOUR MOVE MEAN FOR YOUR COMEDY? -
Well, here’s what is in the works for now:
1. They say bad/weird/stupid etc for your life the better for your comedy set and for your writing. They could not have been more right!! I am getting some fantastic new material. Whether that’s a change of scenery, or just because Toowoomba is so funny, I don’t care!!
2. Being close to Brisbane, I still intend to get down there and do some shows every now and then. I will still be doing shows for Contagious Comedy Club as their house MC, some new rooms have recently opened up in Ipswich too, and every now and then Sit Down Comedy Clubs brings an act through, so doing shows with these show producers will still continue. I also have been booked into some conferences in 2007, including a youth ministers conference in Woolongong in June; the inaugural National Youth Ministers Convention in September; Blackstump in the NSW Labour Day long weekend; and RealMen Conference in Mackay in November.
3. Having said that, I am in the process of developing a comedy room here in Toowoomba. I have some great support so far from potential rooms in cafe’s and pubs; and I intend to soon launch the first round of Comedy Workshops to develop some comedy talent in the city. I have also been approached by a few schools, community groups and institutions to offer stand-up workshops and classes, so within a year or so, I am hoping we will have the beginning of a comedy scene here, which would be great.
In the meantime, I have a couple of shows coming up:
APRIL 12: Hotel Metropole, Ipswich. I will be MCing and there are 6 comedians on the bill. Show starts at 7.30pm.
APRIL 29: Heritage City Community Church, Ipswich. Show starts at 6.30pm.
MAY 18: Contagious Comedy Club, Brisbane (and possibly Australia’s) only 100% clean comedy club, Northlakes Golf Club, Mango Hill, Brisbane. I will be MCing the show, with headliner Jenny Wynter and a support act yet to be confirmed. Updated info and links for ticket sales will be available soon at www.contagiouscomedy.net
In the meantime, please be praying as we look to set up our first local comedy show within the next 4 months or so.
Oh, and Mark Gladman: Live and Contagious my debut comedy CD is still available for $10 + $2.50 postage. To order, drop me aline at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it all underway.
Thank you for your continued support. Between newsletters, keep your eyes out for new gigs by checking out the gig guide on my myspace site – www.myspace.com/markgladman
Cheers and Peace,