Next Monday (December 3) sees the première of the very first comedy sketch that I have written when it is shown in York.
How did it come about? Well, earlier this year, I was approached to see whether I would like to put my comedy writing skills to good use and write a comedy sketch that would be part of a free interactive roadshow, which is part of a research and public engagement project by the Creative Speech Technology (CreST) Network.
The scope for the comedy sketch was very broad. As long as it revolved around the use of communication aids, I could write whatever I wanted. As I’ve always loved writing and as the project seemed to be different and interesting, I jumped at the chance to get involved.
Because of the twisted way my mind works, the sketch ended up being about three disabled people all using computer generated voices at a speed dating event and the absurd situations that arise when all three use a device with the same voice. I won’t spoil it for you, but needless to say that most of the comedy in the sketch comes from my own personal experience.
I’d like to think that everyone has their own voice regardless of what they sound like. I think that sometimes the voices of disabled people get lost and this is a sketch about that. To be honest though, I just enjoyed taking the piss out of how technology lets us down sometimes.
I had great fun writing it as it allowed me to find comedy in all the times my talker has had an epic fail while I was using it. Trust me, there’s been a few times! I also enjoyed it because it gave me the chance to be funny using dialogue instead of just standing up on stage and telling jokes, which is very one sided mostly. Filming the sketch was also great fun and I’d like to thank everybody who helped make it happen. You can read more about the filming of the sketch on my good friend (who was also an extra in the sketch) Emily’s blog.
Anyway, as I’ve said, the comedy sketch has its première in York on Monday and you read more about the event and the ideas behind the sketch in the press release. I will also be doing a gig in the evening, also in York. Limited tickets are available for the comedy evening and cost £10. For further information or to make a booking, please call 0871 902 5726 or visit www.picturehouses.co.uk/york.
I hope to be able to show you the full sketch soon, but for now here’s a taster of what it’s like……