So yeah…One of my jokes (Just one? Did you not see the quality of them?!) got into the final 20 of Highlight Comedy’s ’5kgag’ competition (which I blogged about here) and the voting to choose the winner finishes tomorrow.
I have no pretentions of winning – there’s better jokes in the competition (frankly, I never thought mine was any good until my girlfriend read it in a notebook of mine and said it was funny) including ones by much harder working (proper) comedians who deserve to win.
Have a look at the list:
Well, top 19, as one of the jokes has been removed, as it was entered by someone who wasn’t its writer…which is the case with a few of the jokes – number 1 is a very famous Tommy Cooper joke, and I doubt he entered it. There are other examples, and it obviously isn’t against the T&Cs of the competition – it’s just annoying. Someone could win £5,000 for entering a joke that isn’t theirs.
Having already discussed this, I won’t continue along this thread, but will conclude by weighing up pros and cons of the 5kgag competition and jokes on twitter:
- There is a small possibility I could win 5 grand, and I am very much entering into the spirit of advertising my joke on twitter/facebook in order to get votes – I could do with that money; student loans aren’t cheap nowadays.
- My twitter username (an my name), ChrisPJTurner has more hits on google, it has helped this blog, and my overall internet presence has grown (a very small amount). This, for me as an amateur, new comedian, is good.
- I feel good when I see my joke selected as one of 20 best out of 1000s (I think) tweeted. That’s in the top 2% at least.
- The next time I tell this joke, there is a possibility someone may think I’ve stolen it. That would suck, and I’d have to address it. However, I’m not dropping it (yet) as it is (and again, this is in the opinion of the audience more than me) a very good joke.
- It is (in a very small way) all over the internet – forums, twitter, sickipedia – and none of these attribute it (apart from sickipedia) to me. The original post on twitter got 2 RTs (including @highlightcomedy). Now, there’s a lot of occurances of it on twitter, none of them attributed to me, or RTed from me. It’s just a bit annoying, as if anything, it would garner me more followers, and that would be nice.
There’s more I’m sure, but it’s late, I just got back from Budapest, and I’m tired.
However, from tomorrow (unless I’m suddenly 5 grand richer, in which case I’m off to Budapest again), I’m starting back on the blog – we’re on G for Gigs incidentally, and I want to get the A-Z of Comedy (ambitious little whelk that I am) done before The Edinburgh Fringe so I can get a daily diary going to post on here during my shows’ runs.
Until tomorrow, then.