Registrations for the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival opened on the 1st of October and closed on the 21st of November, giving artists plenty of time to leave their registration 'til the last minute. The main elements of the registration are finding a venue, uploading images for the show and writing the blurbs.
The blurbs can be tough. It's often the case you will end-up writing a sixty word description of a show that isn't written or fully developed. Being vague, but appealing is usually the order of the day, but fortunately this year my show was reasonably developed, with the story and characters in place. Even so, the sixty word blurb for the guide is what I tend to spend the most time on. Of course, that doesn't guarantee the synopsis will be any good, (I'll post it below), but hopefully I've communicated the idea and it doesn't only make sense to me. You are also required to write a blurb for the website of up to 150 words. The extended word count gives you more breathing room and it's tempting to use it up, but as Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park says, just because you can doesn't mean you should.
Anyhoo, it's a one man show in a similar vein to my 2014 show The Earth is Flat. It's called...
Simon plays a host of characters in a show with more sauce than is recommended by the Heart Foundation. When schoolboy Max refuses ketchup at a sausage sizzle, all hell breaks loose and the world is brought to the brink of WW3. Will Max surrender to sauce or make a final stand?
This show is dedicated to all the brave souls out there who don’t like ketchup.
With my venue locked-in and the show registered, next thing is to finish writing the show. As a non-sauce eater, it'll be a therapeutic process.