Exposure

Two people I know from the Manchester comedy and poetry scene, Daliso Chaponda and Tony Walsh (Longfella Poet) have in recent weeks received TV exposure, making them known to people nationally and internationally.

Daliso was on Britain’s Got Talent, finishing third overall. Whilst Tony’s reading of his poem ‘Choose Love’ at the vigil for the Manchester bomb victims was broadcast live and has subsequently been transmitted across the world.

Both performers are talented having spent years working in pubs and clubs honing their skills but without the magnifying force of TV, when would they get the opportunity to showcase their work to such a sizeable audience?

Does this mean that despite the popularity and potential reach of social media, the only way poets/comedians can ‘make it’, is still via TV?

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Hola. Hope you are all well.

I’ve had another varied week. On Friday I was doing a charity collection at M’cr Piccadilly train station. Before people start thinking I’m a good person, I should disclose that I was collecting for Retrak, the charity ‘Her with one permanent job’ works for. So as well as raising money for street children in Africa, I was also collecting ‘boyfriend points’. But as we all know boyfriend points are more volatile than the stock exchange and can be as easily lost as earnt. So I need to cash  them in soon.

Also last week I met up with the writer of ‘How To Dump Your Girlfiend’, Kym Cooper, as we are talking over the idea of doing a joint project. Our thinking is we’ve had limited success promoting our respective books individually, so if we join forces, we can have limited success together. We’re looking at relationship issues, some inspired by surveys in the newspapers and others involving stories of when relationships go wrong, for example texting saucy pics to the wrong person. I will give you more details in the next few weeks including how you can contribute. cheers

I read in the week that Lembit Opik did his first ever Stand Up gig. What stood out for me was that he was paid £115 for 15mins.  I started doing stand up comedy in 2001 and recently did 20mins where I was paid last than half of what Lembit was paid. This has made me think of how I can increase my earning potential. These are my findings, firstly I need to become a political lightweight, then I need to get engaged to a cheeky girl and finally I need to get a slightly wonky face and then hey presto, I’ll be in the money.

In something unrelated, I was thinking that if a person got their entire view of the world from the tabloids and Britain’s Got Talent, they would think that every young person was either high on Meow Meow or in an urban dance group. Because it seemed every other act on BGT seemed to be an urban dance group. If you’re a young person and you’re not in an urban dance group you may aswell give up now. The act I didn’t get on BGT was the drumming boy who finished 3rd. From what I could see he was just drumming. No disrespect to drummers but drumming on its own is not entertainment. if it was Ringo Starr would have ditched John, Paul and George and replaced them with the Gorilla from the Cadbury’s ad, the drummer from the muppets and Phil Collins. I’m sure if he had done this then his history would have been a lot different.

And Finally… I’m going away for a few days, I’m heading to St. Ives (I need to get away from the executive stress), As I am coming back next Mon, it means I will be updating this blog next Tues. It also means I will not be reviewing the newspapers on the radio on Sat Morning (12th June)  so feel free to have a lie-in. Cheers

                                                  Til next time (tues), stay safe! 
(original post 7/6/10)