Date: Tuesday 6th November. Time: Approximately 9.30pm Location: West London (my ‘manor’!).
There I stand off-stage in a state of analysis and adrenalin after performing on the Russell Howard’s Good News TV show, nervously hoping that the set I have just delivered is good enough. Some of the guys who work on the show are nearby. They’re smiling, saying well done, giving me some confidence that the last 2o minutes have been a good one, but being the over-analytical person that I am I can’t help but think that they’re just saying well done to 1. keep me happy and 2. to get me to move away as I’m covered in stinking sweat; a result of the bright studio lights and my three layers of clothing. Not the smartest wardrobe choice I’ll ever make in my life! So yes, to say I was nervous as I stepped off stage would be an understatement. But then again, I’ve been nervous all day…
…It all started at lunch time when the car picks me up from my home to take me to the studio (Yea I know… a car! No Oyster card shit!). I already know what set I’m going to do as one of the producers has already been to a few of my gigs to check my material. But despite this, I’m going over the material over and over again in the car. It’s almost as if my brain is going “Ay Nath, you sure about this? I mean doing them jokes at comedy clubs is ok? But you wanna be doing that on TV?!?! You crazy?”
I get to the studio and am kindly shown to my dressing room and then to do sound check. As I enter the recording studio for the first time I remember thinking that it is a lot bigger than how it looks on the TV. On telly the set looks quite small and intimate but in the flesh it’s huge, daunting even, as I realise the audience capacity is even bigger, hence more people to make laugh, or even worse, more people to disappoint. Great! More nerves kick in. My brain goes “shiiiiiiiit!”
After the sound check I’ve got a few hours to kill before the recording so head to back to my dressing room to chill and try and not to get too nervous. I decide to take my mind off the recording later and luckily I’ve got my laptop to help me do that… It can only mean one thing… Porn! No, not really! I’ve brought along a DVD (not porn!); the London 2012 Olympics DVD that I’ve recently got for my birthday, and being a massive sports fan, if there’s one thing that can relax me it’s this. However