Happy Nearly-Yuletide, everyone!
I confess to being more than a little relieved that Christmas (and accompanying time off) is on the horizon. It’s been a great year, but I need a rest. I’ve toured South Africa, done the Edinburgh Festival, written and edited my third book, and now I just want to sit with an eggnog latte and watch Netflix in a onesie.
The third book, The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite, will be out in February. I ended up locking myself away on a hotel for 4 days so I could finish it, but I think it will be worth it. One thing I’ve learned about writing books is that it doesn’t get any easier. You’d think it would, but the problem is that your expectations upon yourself get greater with each penning, and you need to feel like Book 3 is better than 2 is better than 1. It’s stressful, but nobody is forcing us to write so I suppose we just have to deal with it.
As I’ve said before, I’m hoping that ‘Tom’ will be the first in a series, and I’m even considering appropriate merchandise around it, if it takes off. On verra bien, as my underused degree taught me to say.
Next year, I really need to work on stand-up as my main focus, otherwise I’ll get bored and left behind by those working harder. I also want to work on smaller pieces of writing to stick on here – more experimental stuff that doesn’t require a week trapped in a hotel! It’s easy to make flippant plans, but at least putting them here gives me a sense of accountability.
Anyway, hope to see you at a Christmas gig at some point this month. And have a great Christmas.
So I’ve just returned from a two-week tour of South Africa. 10 gigs in 12 days, which was incredible but very tiring. The crowds over there are crying out for good comedy – so much of what they see normally is still very much rooted in race and stereotype (which gives me even greater respect for amazing comedians like Trevor Noah). I would say that SA is maybe 15 years behind the UK in terms of what is acceptable stage-fare, but with that comes a lessening of cynicism from the audiences. When you haven’t had comedy rammed down your throats, you tend to be more accommodating. Even on the tough gigs, you get the impression that the audience want you to do well. Here in the UK, even the nice audiences are a little more ‘savvy’ – there’s just a cultural awareness of what is hack, and I think to be honest that we just don’t have the same levels of joy that other countries do. This is all just my opinion, of course – but it is an opinion I respect and I think we all should.
If the gigs were great though, that was nothing compared to the food. Their Braais make our Barbecues look like little vegan get-togethers in a community centre. Man, they know how to cook and eat meat. They have something called Boerewors, which is a sausage. I don’t really know how to pronounce it – but I do know that it’s the only food in the world which is easier to pronounce if you’re eating it at the time. I love it so much, I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m having dreams where me and some Boerewors are dancing in a field together or sitting on the back row of the movies. Please don’t tell Wifey any of this – she needs to hear it from me.
I also went on a horse-back safari, but I’m scared of all animals and have tried to block it out. I’m not even joking about this: I once saw a dead mouse in my garden, and ran off. Ran. Off.
That’s all for now. I have 3 weeks to finish The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite.
Not gonna happen. Easy.
So, I’ve just started work on my 3rd book, The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite. This will now consume me for the next 4 months like a horrible unquenchable fire. It’s not that I don’t really enjoy writing books – it’s just that writing one is like being thrown into a horrible unquenchable fire (see previous sentence for confirmation).
The book is being published by Monarch (the guys who did Stand Up and Deliver), and I plan to finish it by July, with a release date of March 2015 likely. It’s something of a departure from the previous 2 books, in that I, Andy Kind, am not the main character, so it’ll be interesting to see how well-rounded Tom is. Writing as yourself is easy – you just think, ‘What would I say here?’ and then write that down. As with sitcom writing, in the writing of this book there will need to be a lot of character development work behind the scenes.
Aside from that, I’m gigging a lot and am planning to record a DVD later this year entitle ‘Chaos Factory’. It will basically be a loosely-themed version of my best material from the last 9 years of stand-up. More details as and when. I’ll also be performing a show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, so if you’re in the area (by which I mean Scotland), come along.
Keep up-to-date with more stuff by following me on Twitter @andykindcomedy.
Welcome to the new-look andykind.co.uk! I hope you like the backdrop of desolate Manchester as much as I do.
This is the 3rd incarnation of my website, with more of a focus on the writing side of what I do. I’m still gigging a lot, so don’t be shy getting in touch for bookings, but the gig diary was all-but-pointless apart from as a ‘Hey-look-how-popular-I-am’ device. Gone, too, is the ‘Workshops’ page; I just don’t really do them any more.
Anyway, that’ll do for now. Have a browse, and hope to see you soon in some guise.