Sunday, January 04, 2015
Not many people would assume it was my bag, but I often do Kids Comedy show at The Stand Comedy Club Glasgow.
I can imagine as you are reading this and if you know me, you might be thinking things like "Did you swear?" of course I didn't.
I love doing comedy for kids. It can be tough as some kids don't understand that they have to pay attention or maybe they are used to taking over a room with a story and then feel awkward as other kids don't find them as interesting as their own parents probably do.
One Sunday in at the start of the show a wee boy about nine years old kept chatting to me and engaging in long diatribes about dinosaurs.
He couldn't get away from dinosaurs. His mum looked uncomfortable and was trying to get him to sit quiet.
The other kids were getting annoyed and parents started looking over at him. He didn't care, he had heaps to say about dinosaurs.
I managed to get him on stage and to name every dinosaur he knew and I could act out it's walking action. He was in heaps of wee giggles as I clearly didn't know what I was doing and was just stomping about the stage making noises.
To calm him down, I asked him if wanted to host the show with me. He took my hand and we came to an agreement that he could only shout out dinosaur names when I got stuck for material and he would take over.
The audience laughed as he was really having trouble staying quiet and loved it when I would shout "am stuck, give me a dinosaur" and all the kids would scream with laughter at my interpretation.
The wee boy sat with me as the other comics took the stage and he was fine, he was laughing and keeping the dinosaur chat to a minimum.
He was flushed with excitement after the show and his mum came over to tell me how much he enjoyed it.
She explained that he had Aspergers and doesn't often talk out loud or touch people and this was her first time with him at comedy.
She told me it was wonderful to see him chat to someone and not get berated or flustered. "To see him onstage holding your hand and laughing was just so lovely" she said. I thanked her.
I explained that he was good fun and that my husband has Aspergers and at that the wee guy butted in and said "Does he know all the dinosaurs?"
I told him he didn't but my husband was an expert on all things Ancient Rome. I got a quick hug from him and he ran out the door.
When people ask me what my best audience was I tell them it was a nine year old boy who likes dinosaurs.