The idea for my show, Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe!, came about after years of trying to create new and original pieces of work. Be it theatre, comedy or film, whenever I’m attempting to write something, I want it to be unlike anything that’s been done before. This is basically an impossible task and can drive me (and the people around me) crazy.
And this is what my debut is all about. The lengths an “artist” goes to make something original. It’s dark, funny and goes to some very surreal places.
I also wanted it to be about people trying to stand out in the internet age. We are more connected than ever before, but that also makes us feel more insignificant.
But I didn’t want the show just to be about artists trying to create something new, I also wanted it to be about people trying to stand out in the internet age. We are more connected than ever before, but that also makes us feel more insignificant. You only have to take a quick glance at Instagram or Twitter to see people clambering for attention. This sense of being a tiny blip on the planet is another idea I play around with.
But ultimately, I want the show to be funny so, even though it’s quite carefully plotted it should have a slightly anarchic, crazy feel to it.
This show uses a lot of video projection, music cues and some audience interaction so it took quite a long time to develop. With comedy shows, you always have to do a fair amount of previewing to test the material; that was particularly tricky with this show as it’s so technical. Every time I wanted to change something, it would require quite a technical overhaul.
Saying that, Edinburgh is a great testing ground and by the end of the run the show was in fantastic shape. I also like to keep parts of it loose so it maintains that live element every night.
Bringing it to London is extremely exciting and the audiences in Soho never disappoint. I’m also going to add in a few fun things that I couldn’t do in Edinburgh, so it’s going to be a very fun couple of nights. As wonderful as Edinburgh is, Soho Theatre has some great facilities and technical support which allow me to let rip in a way you can’t do up in the ‘Burgh. I really want my audience to have an exciting, original experience; it’s great that being at Soho lets me push the boundaries on that.
If you’re looking for a fun, off-the-wall evening that will hopefully make you think a bit, then come down and see me tell the most original and funny joke in the universe … at Soho Theatre.
Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe! runs at Soho Theatre on 29 and 30 April 2016 at 8.45pm. Follow @MyTheatreMates on Twitter for details on our competition to win a pair of tickets to the show.