I love the beautifully written piece my stand-up comedy course graduate the lovely Angela Barnes contributed to the Guardian recently. It's a great feature celebrating the essential role of live performances in the arts. Angela talks about finding her voice during my stand-up comedy course at the Komedia Brighton It's such a special venue. A little bit of my heart will always live there too....
"Comedians love to play the Komedia in Brighton. It’s so much more than a room with a bar and stage. Some brilliant magic happens that can make it one of the most exhilarating places in the country to watch and to perform live comedy. But for me, it’s not just my favourite gig; it’s my saviour and a little bit of my heart lives there.
After a year where I had a relationship breakdown and lost my dad, I did something that changed my life for the better and for ever. I signed up to do the Jill Edwards standup comedy course there. So on a Tuesday night in May 2009, after 12 weeks of learning the ropes, I stood on that Komedia stage for the first time and told my jokes to an audience. It went … fine. They laughed. * A bit. That was enough for me, there was no going back. I’d crossed over from punter to performer whether I liked it or not. I found my voice on the Komedia stage, and I relish every single time they let me get back on it."
You can read the full Guardian feature by clicking here
*Angela is being modest. They laughed. A lot!