I have been telling stories and jokes for as long as I remember. It all started in a smokey house in Woodford Green. I was young…too young…my nan would make me stand on the floral furniture and recite filthy jokes to her and all her mates. I had no idea what the jokes were about, or what they meant but I understood one thing. That I liked it when they laughed.
Now they were probably not laughing at the jokes, rather laughing at the image of a primary school child saying every four letter word you can think of. But it got me going. Got me wanting to get that reaction as much as I could.
I have been developing my show Bubble Schmeisis for the long time. However not in rehearsal studios or with a dramaturg. The development happened in pubs, cafes and sitting round tables with friends. I have told these stories for years. Tuning them for what gets the best laugh or reaction. It was only after I went to the schvitz with my blind grandfather papa Alan that I realised they had all be leading to that point. All these stories were part of something greater. Not just a way to get a free pint…but a story searching for a home.
As with all great stories it is important to get the listeners hooked in. They way I do this is to get them completely involved and on stage giving me a schmeiss (a wash). I have had many great schmeissers from ones that decide they want to give me a good smack, some take off their shoes and are very delicate and some have not wanted to stop.
Come along, hear some stories and maybe…schmeiss me.
Catch Bubble Schmeisis from Tue 7 – Sat 11 June, 7.30pm. Find out more.