The Stand Up Journey of a 57 Year Old- Part 2 The First Gig By Ron Hailes

If you didn't read my first story here is a quick refresh, at age 57 I decided to take up Stand Up and did a course with Robert Grayson for 6 weeks. At the end of course we "graduated" by doing our first gig. This is how mine went, in a word I was awesome and my new career had begun soon I would be headlining the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Well maybe not. There was 10 of us who all got up and did our first gig that night and we were all bloody awesome, this comedy thing is really easy. Well maybe not. We were awesome because the audience was full of our family and friends, so of course they laughed they had no choice. Its such a false audience and really isn't a good start to your career. When you go and do your first real gig in front of real punters its vastly different, they don't know you, they don't love you and worst of all they know you are new so there is a little part of them that wants you to die. I didn't die at my first gig and 20 gigs later, 10 have been average, 5 have been very average and I have had 5 nights that matched that first night. I love "standing up" I am far to old for it but I don't care - all my jokes and stories are original so I guess you are only as old as the joke you tell!

in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


I am a sometimes writer, stand up comic ,MC and Radio Presenter- these are my passions but I normally travel throughout SE Asia training sales and management staff in the Auto Industry

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