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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 6th November 2019 7:35 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Look Back in Hunger by Jo Brand. This is Jo Brand's autobiography, which came out in 2009. I was in the library taking some books back, didn't intend to get anything out but then I saw this. I was interesting - all about her childhood and how she ended up being a psychiatric nurse, and stops when she gets into comedy.

What I'm Currently Reading
Between the Stops by Sandi Toksvig. She mentioned this on The Last Leg last week. I paused it, looked it up, discovered it sounded interesting and it's on Kobo, so I bought it. It's facts about the areas of London she passes through between home and work, interspersed with stories from her life. Just the sort of thing you'd expect her to write really.

What I'm Reading Next
The Book of the Year 2019 by No Such Thing as a Fish. I've read the previous two books of the year and they were interesting and funny. But they are thick hardbacks, so this time I've gone for an ebook. We'll see if the illustrations come out just as well as on paper.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – November
Monday 4th November 2019 7:02 pm

We're down to the part of the year where I have no time, so this month I am going to watch a film: How To Train Your Dragon.

I don't know anything about it beyond the title, which sounds good, and that my sister told me I forget how many years ago to watch it because I'd like it. And I never got round to it. So this month, I will.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October wrap-up
Sunday 3rd November 2019 4:02 pm

This month I learnt how to do stand-up comedy. Well, I went to a workshop on it. Which was four hours and I thought at first that was a long time. Turned out it was a very short time. The person who taught it usually does six week workshops and it would have been good to have gone home to write some jokes. Being given ten minutes to come up with some on the spot is quite hard!

In other words, I enjoyed it.

I particularly enjoyed learning about how jokes are constructed, It's a lot simpler than I thought it was. To understand, at any rate. Writing them is a bit harder.

I was less interested in the performing aspect, but then I am just less interested in performing anyway. But what we learnt in the workshop was backed up by something I read the other day in Jo Brand's autobiography where she said that people she knew on the circuit would do terribly and then suddenly break though. They didn't change their material, just the way they delivered it.

Since the workshop I have been working on my jokes. Maybe I'll inflict them on people sometime. If there's another (longer) workshop I'd probably do it.

I give the experience 10/10.


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