A quick look at ‘Make Me Laugh’ organiser, Dean Scurry’s, twitter profile shows he is a very busy man
I do stand up comedy, I run workinclassrecords.com, I produce and present Dole TV, I co-produce ‘HipNós’
So we were delighted when he agreed to make time in his schedule to chat to us about the upcoming gig in the Axis Theatre Ballymun!
First of Dean, thanks for chatting to us, you seem to be a multi-tasking master! Make me Laugh is all about showcasing the talents of a group of new comedians whom you have helped learn their craft, did you receive any similar support in the early days of your stand-up comedy career?
Ye from Des bishop, when we made Joy in da hood in Ballymun
That must have been quite an experience, did this encourage you to set up the workshops or was there another source of motivation for taking that plunge?
A bit from the experience with Des, from Aidan Killian, from making Journey of a joke with DCTV and also from axis Ballymun. I also wanted to take things back to backs with the comedy club In Ballymun
Ah yes, I remember the characters you discovered in that set of workshops earlier in 2012 , which was aired on DCTV, why did you choose not to record this in the same way?
Been there done that, also that type of thing costs money to do correctly, this project is also for a different purpose, to get comedy in the club in Ballymun back to basics after 5 years of having all the top acts in the country play there numerous times. We spoilt the locals a bit.
I’m sure they weren’t complaining! So, tell us more about ‘Make Me Laugh’ – where did the idea come from? Was there a particular reason you choose to run with it in Ballymun or was the location unimportant? What was your ultimate goal when you started on this particular journey?
I live in Ballymun and I run a comedy club in Ballymun, so it was a no brainer to run it here. There’s a great theatre here to so, the decision made itself. The idea is to give wanna be comedians the opportunity to give stand up a go. So I ran a few workshops and got the participants to the point where they could start selling tickets for a gig. I suppose I or anyone else could run another one anywhere you have a group of people who want to make other people laugh.
You also had Aidan Killian on board during the workshops, how did his role differ from yours in preparing the participants for their stage debut? Do you think it’s beneficial for new acts to seek advice from a number of sources?
Aidan was involved cos I like him and I host his club ANSEO, we are similar types of people as in we have similar ideas about comedy and the world in general. He was involved in the first workshop and might do a bit in the gig too.
Speaking of the gig… now we’re getting to what everyone really wants to know – Who are the people who will be performing in the Axis Theatre? How did they all get involved with your workshops? Who made the most progress over the course of the workshops? What style of comedy should we expect from each of them on Friday night?
They are all locals or ex-locals, lads I know from the area who I thought would have the balls to get up in front of their friends and family and crack a few jokes. Of the twenty people I asked initially four guys stuck with it. They all started from scratch so they all made great progress over the last few weeks. You can expect Jokes, jokes and more jokes in various styles, don’t want to give away too much. The best thing you can do is turn up and see for yourself. That’s true with all comedy gig, live is the only way to really appreciate stand up.
Well I certainly can’t disagree with that! Are you happy with how the workshops went? Would you run something similar again in the future? Is there anything you would do differently next time around?
I’m really happy with the workshops, I just hope all the people who started initially kept with it , but inevitably people have things in their lives that take their attention. There’s already a new group of people looking for me to do more workshops. I suppose these days people want to do things that are fun and have a bit of meaning.
Sounds like it’s been a very positive experience so far, here’s hoping you’re still as happy after the gig on Friday! Finally, if you were to give one piece of advice to your fledgling comedians before the big night what would it be?
Be funny, tell jokes and have fun.
Some great advice from Dean there, wouldn’t you agree? The show is on this Friday 16th in the Axis Theatre in Ballymun at 8pm. Tickets are just €7 but keep an eye on the site as we’ll have an opportunity for you to win yourself a free pair very soon!