If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it does it make a sound?
What if that tree did not fall? But instead the tree pulled up its roots, started performing stand up comedy, spent seven years getting good at it and then took a show to Edinburgh to stand in a room alone?
We are only a week into the Edinburgh festival and (I'm told) it's too early to panic but the people of Edinburgh seem to have forgotten to turn up to my gig. I mean a few have turned up each day, they sit there before the show looking a little embarrassed, I assume for the others that have not turned up. I perform, they enjoy the show (I think) and then they say ‘You should have more people watching’ and I say ‘Oh, I didn’t think of that’ we laugh, they leave, I cry.
My first show of the run no one turned up, I said at the time ‘Oh well, better no one turns up than 60 people turn up and hate me’ I was wrong. To be hated is to know that I am doing it wrong. To be liked by a handful is the most frustrating thing ever. It feels at the moment like I have a decent race horse with a dodgy leg and i’m waiting for someone to erect a temporary screen and put the show out of its misery.
Of course I’m not going to allow this to happen. A couple of days ago with only a few people in the show I gave a some free tickets away to unsuspecting people. One nice young couple watched the show for free and then after the show went to the box office and insisted on paying. They even turned down the 2 for 1 offer that was on that day and paid full price.
Unless they read this, I don’t think that couple will ever know what an amazing boost that was for someone who was struggling. I love performing my show, even to eight people but I have put a lot of time effort and money into Edinburgh and I would really love to tip the balance to perform to more people than empty seats. (For this to happen I would need 31 people in my show or less and I start removing seats before the show.) Currently my best promotion is ‘If you suffer from claustrophobia this is the show for you’
Inspired by the lovely couple and driven by my need to out number the empty chairs I have decided to give for the rest of my Edinburgh run a ‘Money Back Guarantee’. Come and see the show and if you don’t like it then I will personally give you your money back.
This could be the worst decision I’ve ever made, after a bad show handing 60 people there money will be time consuming and soul destroying but it will teach me a lesson.
So for the rest of my Edinburgh run I am offering ‘risk free comedy’ and a complete money back guarantee on all ‘Living Luke’ shows. This makes no difference if no-one knows about it so if you like me, love me or hate me please share this or messages about it.