What is it like to dream of going on a stand-up stage, at a show that takes place right next to where you live, but still don’t have enough confidence in your jokes that only your friends know about, and to go home well? If the story ends here, we wouldn’t have heard of it Florin Gheorghe, who has now become a regular at The Fool Club.
Coincidentally, in a year’s time, Florin was already in the world of comedy with those he admired on the poster at the time and held a show in Milan, right where his dream began – in the hall next to his former home. In the meantime, he has already developed his own style and work style:
“Some jokes, yes, I also test them directly in shows. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. But the new jokes I take on to say directly in shows mostly work. From my point of view, the process of a 30-minute set can take up to 6 months. “
We follow Florin’s story and find out about his motivations and mindset, his debut period, what he would do if he gave up stand-up and what his shows look like now.
I am 33 years old, I am from Bucharest, born and raised in the capital, but without the specific figures of the capital … I think. I’m married and I have a 6-year-old boy that I like to write jokes about. I grew up in the “dark” Pantelimon neighborhood that “taught me to resist, not to die” (BUG Mafia).
I studied in the neighborhood high school and I finished mate-info. I started two colleges and did not finish any of the various reasons that I find difficult to relate because I do not want to appear to be just invented motives. I have been working in a corporation for a long time, and currently I am trying to stand-up in parallel.
Your way into stand-up comedy
It all started quite abruptly considering that the first climb on stage did not take place on a small open night. I went up to the opening of a show at Temple Pub in Bucharest, in April 2018.
Then followed a series of small open climbs where most of the time I was successful on stage. The click came along when I started to have more and more real shows (not open mics). There is nothing more motivating than the pleasure of doing this – that must be very clear. Money can’t motivate you when it comes to that.
The debut period was a very good one, because the first shows were in the clubs in the capital The Fool and Comics Club, and that made me feel great. However, the huge surprise came when I was announced that I was going to go on tour in the UK with Catalin Bordea and Nelu Cortea, where we were going to have shows in 3 cities.
Considering that I was doing stand-up for approx. 3 months, it could only be absolutely wonderful and scary at the same time.
How you developed artistically
Slowly, slowly, I try to grow with every show I have. Over time, I gained more confidence in my own jokes and especially in my delivery. I do not have a radical change in life. I think we just have to enjoy what we have and what surrounds us every day (it’s not a wooden language, that’s what I think).
How to create your own material
The process is quite simple. I gather premises, I try to write a few jokes on those premises, I go with them to the small open or to the stand-up evening where material is tested, I stop what is good, after which I start working on the text until I like it. the form in which that text arrived and the manner of interpretation.
Some jokes, yes, I also test them directly in shows. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. But the new jokes I take on to say directly in shows mostly work. From my point of view, the process of a 30-minute set can take up to 6 months. It takes so long for those 30 minutes to reach a somewhat final form.
A memory from a show
I don’t know if I have a memorable story from a show, but I have a beautiful story about a show. Even before I started stand-up, when I was just writing jokes on paper, I was in Milan, and one night I saw a poster with a stand-up show. It was a show a few blocks from the block where I was staying. Bordea, Nelu and Calita were on the poster.
Then I inevitably thought what it would be like to ask them to let me climb for at least 3 minutes in their opening. I just thought I didn’t have the guts to do it. Exactly one year after this incident, I had been doing stand-up for several months.
It is announced that I am going to Milan for a show with Bordea and Nelu. We arrived at the show, and the room where we were going to do it was exactly the same room where they had the show that I just dreamed of going on stage. That impressed me quite a bit then.
If you give up stand-up
I would probably follow the path of it. I don’t know if that would suit me, but considering that I’ve been working in technical consulting for a while, I think that would be up to me. But I would do better in the kitchen. I really like to cook and I would probably consider this profession as well.
The moments in the shows, when you don’t laugh
The worst moments of the show shouldn’t scare you. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. Of course, sometimes they don’t laugh at a joke that they laugh at in 90% of cases. Then subtly go over it, without letting it be seen that it affects you and continue the show.
The specifics of Romanian humor
It is far too general to say that there is a specific Romanian humor. But, there are definitely jokes that only work in Romanian.
Our stand-up and the outside one
If we look at the differences between us and the USA, the differences are several decades old. However, in the country we have absolutely fantastic stand-ups.
There should be no taboo subjects in humor, as long as the joke is a good one. If the joke is good man, the audience is left with nothing but the fact that he laughed. If a taboo, sensitive subject is approached and the joke is not good, then the person will be bound by the fact that he is not joking about such a thing.
Your shows now
During the summer I did many shows on the terrace, summer theaters, mostly outdoors. The conditions of an outdoor show are not the same as a show in a pub. Energy is lost, people are sometimes not so attentive and this can affect the quality of the show a little, but nevertheless I was very happy that all summer I was able to stand-up because Summer Fool had opened, a terrace even near The Fool’s Club.
Now the shows have moved in and we have from Wednesday to Sunday, every week at The Fool Club, shows that take place with fewer people in public because we still have to follow the rules of social distance. I tried online, it doesn’t work. We need an audience to be relevant, otherwise it doesn’t make sense.
What do you want in 2022?
I want to be healthy, start shows and have as many such events as possible throughout the year. God help me!
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