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So yesterday's gig, X is for Xmas Market, was cancelled due to bad weather. Like a team of pro's here at Jon Udry ABC Tour HQ, we have already managed to secure another venue for X. Instead of doing X for Xmas market, we are just going to do X for Xmas, and perform a Xmas show in the Galleries in Bristol. Come on down. Xmas outfits are highly encouraged. Info below...
A new ABC Tour video is here. T is for Trampoline (training). This is just the training video for the trampoline show, but I still think it's a lot of fun. Thank you to Freedog for giving me access to train and being so hospitable. Big thank you to Nat Whittingham for being my coach. Thanks to Anton Mackman for filming and editing.
A few days ago I performed my W is for Window show on the ABC Tour. Yes I know, I should’ve written about it sooner, but to be honest, I’ve been very busy. I’m trying my best!
Yesterday I performed my 22nd show on the ABC Tour: V is for Van. Unpredictably, this turned out to be one of my favourite shows on the ABC Tour so far!
Yesterday I performed in -10 degrees celsius. This rather silly event took place at Snozone in Milton Keynes for S is for Snow on the ABC Tour.
I have to be honest with you, I knew it’d be cold, but I didn’t realise it would be that cold. I tend to cope quite well in the cold. I actually like it. I’d prefer to be too cold than too hot. If you are too cold you can always get warm by wrapping up or doing exercise. But if you are too hot, I personally find it really hard to cool down. Even though I like the cold, this show was a tough one!
Yesterday I performed U is for Underground on the ABC Tour. For this show I performed in the Wookey Hole Caves as part of the caves tour. As people were being guided around the caves being educated about the geology, they’d have a little 15 minute break in the cave tour to watch my show, and then carry on the rest of the tour. I really enjoyed doing a short show a number of times. It was quite a novelty.
I am very pleased to announce that we have a new ABC Tour date! U is for Underground.
This show is going to be at Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset. I am going to be doing 15 minute shows from 10:30am-12:30pm as part of the cave tour. Put it in your diary, it's going to be a hoot!
I am pleased to announce that the video is here for R is for Roller Disco. This was genuine a very tough gig, and not tough because of the roller skates. My self and Mr Mackman sat down to edit this and I think we did a pretty good job. As usual Mr Edwards did a great job at filming. Thank you to Charlotte at Dorset Sk8 Jam for letting us come along and do our thing. I hope you enjoy the video!
I am very pleased to announce that we have finally secured a date and time for S on the ABC Tour. The show will be S is for Snow and it will be at the Snozone in Milton Keynes. It will be on the snow at the bottom of the slope so this can be viewed for free from the cafe. I believe if you want to come onto the snow to watch the show, you will have to pay for the price of going on the slope. The details are below.
A couple of days ago I performed T is for Trampoline on the ABC Tour. Man this was a lot of fun. I was a little apprehensive, you know, because of the trampoline and my lack of trampolining skills, but I am very pleased with how this went.
I have been training for quite a while for this show. Spending a lot of time bouncing and finding things I can do whilst trampolining, and even trying to learn a couple of trampolining tricks. We had about 20 people turn up, which is a good sized crowd for this type of gig.
Last night I performed R is for Roller-disco on the ABC Tour. Overall I think it was a success. I say this because it really wasn’t what I had in mind. I thought there would be dancing like no one is watching, silly costumes, people flirting and falling left right and centre, struggling skaters and Travolta wannabes. This was not the case. I had prepared a few routines for the roller-disco so that didn’t arrive half cocked. I was fully cocked.
Some very frustrating news. Unfortunately, the venue for S is for Snow on the ABC Tour could not solidify a date in time for the show, so I was forced to postpone it. They have assured me that they can make it happen so we are currently in the process of trying to organise another date and time. You are right, I could cancel it and try and find somewhere else. But, I really want to do a show in the snow, and I think this would look great on the tour. As soon as I have any news with this, I’ll let you know.
I’ve only gone and done it again haven’t I?! Blog neglecting. I have been very super busy though so that’s ok, right? WRONG. I should always be able to find time. I’ll try harder.
Yesterday I did a photo shoot for some new promo photos. I was really stressed about this one to be honest. I had been planning this photo shoot for 9 months (seriously!) with my photographer buddy, Beinn Muir (http://beinn.zenfolio.com/). Beinn took my most recent promo photos a few years ago out about in various locations in Bristol. I thought I'd use Beinn again for photos as I think we work well together and we are good at generatiing ideas. He's also a nice dude.
I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve been a little grumpy recently. As you may know, I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago, and as expected it still isn’t healed. I am seeing a physio and she is giving me great exercises to do, but it is going to be another 5 weeks or so until I am fully back in the game and back to normal. It is getting better each day, but it is very frustrating. I am not very good at resting. However, this week i should be able to start training again, and that’ll for sure put a smile on my grumpy face.
Good evening/morning/day all. I hope you are well wherever you are. I come bearing some news. Last week I was at a trampoline park doing some research (honestly) as to how I could do a juggling show on a trampoline. I wanted to look at the possibilities of doing T for Trampoline on the ABC Tour. In doing this, I sprained my ankle. Ok this isn’t actually true, but it is what I have been telling people because this is a lot easier to explain than the real story. The real story is as follows. Yes I sprained my ankle at a trampoline park, but no, I did not sprain my ankle on a trampoline.
I am very pleased to announce that we have a new ABC Tour video. Here is O is for Origami:
I love how this video came out. Great editing by Courtney Prokopas. Thanks to Courtney and Anton Mackman for helping out on this day, and a big thanks to the British Origami Society for making this show possible.
The thing I really love about my job is that it has it’s extremes. I adore the fact that one day I can be performing on a cruise ship to an audience of 2000 people on a massive stage, and then the next day, I am in my wellies, doing a show in a pig pen for 15 people and 12 pigs. It is very humbling. I had this same experience yesterday. But first, let me back peddle a bit.
Hello bloggernauts. Firstly, I am sorry. I am sorry for not blogging more. I have had a lot going on, and this SHOULD have been when I should blog. But I’ve been tired. I am only human! The fact that I have had a lot on, unfortunately means that if I was going to write a blog on the many exciting things I’ve been doing, then it would be a short novel. And no body wants that. So what I am going to do is go through all of the fun things I’ve been doing, and whiz through, with little details, sometimes even bullet points, and only mention the highlights. Here we go!
Welcome back to Jonited Blogdom (that name is probably not going to stick). I’ve got a few things to talk about this week. Let’s get cracking.
We have a new ABC Tour video available. M is for Monkey Sanctuary. Check it out here.
Yes! *air punch*
We have a new ABC Tour video, and I have to say, this is my favourite one so far. Feast your precious beautiful eyes on L is for Library.
It would be great to know your thoughts on the video, so feel free to comment here or on YouTube.
Filming: Anton Mackman, Dan Edwards, Courtney Prokopas
The weather here in Bristol has been stunning as of late. I thought I'd share a little project I did the other day with my friend Anton. This project has nothing to do with work, but a fun little project nonetheless.
As you may know, I perform a routine with helium balloons.
Well, what a crazy week. I have a lot to talk about, so lets get cracking.
Yesterday, I finally reached the half way point on the ABC Tour after performing at M is for Monkey Sanctuary.
Hi blog readers. I have a new video for you. It is K for Knitting club. Check it out here!
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A couple of days ago I performed in Bristol Central Library, and flipping heck tucker, it went spiffingly. We had a great turn out and such a lovely audience. The staff at the library were so facilitating and up for the show. They helped up move the furniture around (which I would of assumed we were not going to be allowed to do!), so that we could create a generous and luxurious performance area under a magnificently high ceiling.
Whoa. Just whoa there. Cool your jets people. It’s ok. I am still alive. I know i’ve dropped off blog-dar for a while but now I am coming directly at you with a massive punnet of information.
Firstly, I had a cracking show last night at Light House Theatre in Poole. Thank-you to everyone that came along. I had a blast! That is all.
Well, it has been a very busy week. A lot to report back to blog-town. I am currently sat in an airport at 5:30am, fuelling myself with coffee and croissants. I’m feeling a little bleary eyed so my apologies for my lack of lucidity.
Last week, I was performing in Feltham for Feltham Fun Day. The show was a sell out.
So many people have been asking if they can give money to the ABC Tour. Well ok, not that many. Actually, no one has said that, and maybe that’s the problem!
We are almost at the half way point of the ABC Tour, and so far I have been completely funding this project myself. Most of the shows have been free entry, unless they take money for the venue, or the venue wants donations for a particular charity. I do not make a penny on the ABC Tour shows. If anything, I make minus pennies! But to be honest, I’m ok with that.
Lots of ABC Tour news flying in like a bat; sneaky and erratic. First things first, L is confirmed. L is for Library!
I hope that soon, I will have a simple link that I will be able to include here and on the poster. But for now, if you want tickets, head to Bristol library or contact me directly.
For this blog post I wanted to try and give you more of an idea of my situation whilst writing the blog. So, this week, I am going to be listening to music, and whenever the track changes, I’ll write the track I’m listen to in red writing like this. Just for a bit of fun!
(Hole in the Bucket by Michael Franti) I am currently sat at home, have poured a generous glass of malbec, and have given myself the task of writing this week’s blog. Here we go…
I am currently sat on a train heading to Bristol from London after a very nerve rattling evening last night. Yesterday I entered my first comedy competition. This particular competition was called the NATYS (New Act of The Year 2018). I was very nervous about this for the entire day, and my wph (wee’s per hour) was at an all time high, almost to the point that I thought I might need medical attention. Giving the nature of what I do, I always tend to feel like the odd one out in the comedy club environment.
Unfortunately, I have had no luck with booking an ice rink for me to do a show on. Despite taking ice skating lessons (Thanks Linda!). However, I have found that it is always good to try and turn a negative situation into a positive opportunity. So the next thing to do was to find another date for I in the alphabet. I didn’t want to have to change other dates on the tour to try and fit around my new “I” date. And I wanted something that would be different to the other letters. So here it is, and I hope you’re ready for it. Are you? Well ok then. The show for I is…….Internet!
Despite waking up with a nose packed tightly full of snot and a gravely smokers voice (I’ve never smoked), yesterday was still a fantastic day. I started the day by running through the plan for the show that was to happen that night. It was J is for Jail on the ABC Tour. Routines practiced. Lists checked. Everything packed. Loaded into the car. Done.
Uh oh! I am a little bit behind on keeping this blog to date. Well, have I got some news for you? Yes, yes I do.
To start with, I have a new video. Below is the video for F is for Forest. Big thanks to Anton and Howie for helping to film this one. The forest show was really fun, but logistically very tricky. I hope you enjoy the vid!
Flipping heck, where the hell did 2017 go? Seriously, where is it? I was only just getting used to the year, and then BAM, another year comes along! Anyways, happy new year to you.
Last year I managed 30-something blogs when I was aiming for 52 (an average of 1 per week). I'm really going to try a lot harder this year to reach my aim. Also, I am going to try and post something on social media EVERY day for the entire year. This year I am going for quantity over quality.
What?! Two new videos? Wow, I really am spoiling you, you lucky so and so.
Here we have the new edit of D is for Door Shop.
And also, the new edit of E is for Eden Project.
Another show has been added onto the ABC Tour. J is for Jail. Details below.
I have now, for the next couple of months, moved my life to Norfolk. I have started rehearsals for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular (www.thursford.com) where I am the speciality act. It really is a huge show with a cast of over 100 performers. Rehearsals start properly tomorrow and I am very excited. The passed few days I have been hanging out and practicing at Thursford, and it is truly is a phenomenal place.
Merchandise! Merchandise? Really? Merchandise? What? You? You have merchandise? Yes! That’s right you lovely reader, sitting there with your cup of tea/coffee/beer/wine/advocaat in your favourite shirt/onesie/kimono. I have merchandise. It is available on the merchandise section of this website. Perhaps I didn’t need to tell you that bit.
Here it is, the 9th show on the ABC Tour: I is for Ice Rink.
Performing at the hairdressers was ace. Of course, pre show, I had the scheduled and predicted anxieties that nobody would turn up. Once the show was all set up, I took advantage of the venue and was treated to a lovely haircut as the audience walked in and took their comfortable, swivel-able and adjustable seats.
Here is the video of C is for Castle. Thank-you again to Tom and his lovely family at Usk Castle and for everyone that came along. It was a really magical experience.
Recently I have been trying my best to push the promotional side of the ABC Tour. I am not very good at this. There seem to be too many variables. I could promote one show a little bit and get a big audience, and then conversely, I promote a show a lot, and get not many people turn up. This is what happened last night.
Eden Project! Wow, what a venue. Now, before I talk about how it went, I have a little confession. When organising shows for this tour, I had very strict rules on venues.
1. It can’t be a place name. For example, Norway, Cornwall, or Bristol.
2. It can't be a brand name. For example Ikea, Primark or Tesco.
3. It can't be a type of place. For example an Indian restaurant is R for restaurant and not I for Indian restaurant.
I have officially booked 7 out of 26 shows of the ABC Tour. To be honest, there was a part of me that thought that it really wouldn't get this far. But there’s no going back now!
I am now very pleased to announce that show 6 is now well and truly confirmed. F is for Forest!
This one is going to be really exciting for a few reasons; it is going to be there first show that is going to be lit by fire, and it is in a stunning location. There are no toilets, so be prepared.
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you, the second video of the ABC Tour series. Here it is: B is for Bakery
I have just finished unpacking the car from my gig tonight at Door World in Bristol. That’s right, tonight was D is for Door Shop on the ABC Tour, and it went a lot better than I was expecting. I have to be honest, as I was setting up, I had a funny feeling that this would be the show that no one would show up to. I felt anxious. The show was due to start at 6pm.
I recently performed C is for Castle at Usk Castle in Wales. Wow! What a night. I was a little anxious about this one for a few reasons:
The ABC Tour is off to a flying start. The first stop was Bristol aquarium. I have to be honest, I did feel like King of the Blags by getting to perform here. It just so happened that the stars aligned; the aquarium staff were having a staff do and they needed some entertainment. I was joined by my good friend Sam Veale who was helping out with filming and setting up the sound.
Ok, the ABC is well on the way with the first show happening tomorrow. This is the place to find all of the up and coming info about it. If you don't want to check here, then you can always like my facebook page www.facebook.com/jonudry where I will be posting updates and events regularly.
Here are the upcoming dates from A-C:
The ABC Tour starts tomorrow. On this page you'll be able to find all of the latest information on the ABC inluding upcoming dates, behind the scenes photos, summaries of shows, and videos as and when they are released. For now, here is the new logo for the ABC Tour designed by desine.net. More information coming soon.
Since my last blog post, I have been gigging quite a lot, so I can officially say, I’m back in the game. I started gigging last Sunday at a private party. I am always a little cautious about talking about private parties publicly, because to me, that kind of defeats the purpose of making the party private. But all I am going to say is that it was great and there was ice cream!
After re-watching most of the Rocky films, and almost completing Seinfeld, I am happy to say that I am well and truly on the mend. However, I have found the period of recovery to be mind numbingly mundane. I am not one for sitting down and resting. I find this to be a remarkably over rated pastime. Nevertheless, on the greener hue of grass, I have had a lot of time to read, write, and plan future projects. More to come about future projects soon!
I’ve been a little off radar recently as I have been in hospital and in recovery. One of the worst things (not really) about having an operation is having to go through the rigmarole of telling the story to everybody over and over again. So I thought I’d write a blog about it! Here we go…
Ok ok ok, I admit it, I have missed a couple of weeks of blog posts. I said I would do 52 blog posts for an entire year, and at the moment I think I’ve missed two weeks this year. However, I’m going to try my hardest to play catch up! Anyways, I’m sorry. I know you are all (hello?) just dying to know what I’ve been up to (get the tumbleweed out of here!). I also apologies for the ramshackle smorgasbord of a blog that I’ve done today. I’ve just got a lot of things to chat about! So, what have I been up to I hear you cry (hello?!).
Today is Tuesday, and I have just arrived home from 6 days away. I have just made a lovely cup of tea, and now I thought I’d write a very brief run down of my travels and shows from the passed few days. Not the most riveting stuff. But nonetheless, here we go:
The passed few months I have been practicing with a new system that I have created which focuses on solidifying juggling patterns and tricks. I call this system the “In a row system”, the reason why will become apparent. I have a few systems that I use, and they are like mini games that I play in order to make juggling drills a little more fun and interesting to execute. I will post other systems/games soon.
I’ve had a couple of really fun shows this week. I thought I’d just write a little about one today. I have performed at a couple of weddings this year, and I have learnt something about myself that I didn’t know: I love performing at weddings! The type of people that would want to book a comedy and juggling show at their wedding, are the type of people that I want to hang out with. Their weddings are always so much fun, always such a lovely group of people, and always so friendly.
This week I drove 2.5 hours to do a 45 minute show at Kiln Park in Tenby, to then drive 2.5 hours home. In theory, except for the show, this doesn't sound like a good evening at all. A Wednesday evening in March at a holiday park, in all honesty, seems like it would be quite bleak. The show room was approximately 20% full. Oh, and outside, it was raining a lot. Audiences members, in their dozens, sheltering from the rain, on their holiday. The situation was destined to be a failure. HOWEVER, it went surprisingly well!
A student on the BTEC at Circomedia contacted me the other day asking if I would answering 10 questions for an interview. I thought I'd release them and my answers as this weeks blog post. Yes I know, it's a bit of a cop out, but hey, it's my blog post, my rules.
1. How long have you been juggling and how did you get into it?
18 years ago, when I was 10 years old, I was a member of the Cornish Magical Society (hold yourself back ladies, I’m already taken). Once a week my parents would taken my along to the club where I would meet with hobbiest and professional magicians, and I’d get the chance to talk shop. I was by far the youngest in the group and totally in awe of these wizards.
A few weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from a photography student saying that she is looking for performers to do a photoshoot in their own homes. My girlfriend Pippa needed some new photos, we don’t have any photos of us together in performing “get-up”, and the idea of a photoshoot where we didn’t even have to leave the house seemed very appealing indeed.
This week I have been teaching the intensive juggling week at Circomedia to the first years; 10 students, 1 week, many hours, enthusiasm overflow from the students, and my nonsensical notepad. I will try and upload the video soon, but I need to get permission from all of the students first. But in a nutshell, they killed it. They were all super attentive despite their juggling levels being very different and some of the classes being rather intense.
On Wednesday, at around midday, I was loading my props into Salisbury Arts Centre onto an empty stage, and I had this sudden realisation that I am living the dream. A few years ago I vividly, remember that my goal was to get my show onto the cruise ships. I did it.
Ah, you win some you loose some. Yesterday we officially failed to raise the money needed for our Kickstarter Project: The ABC Tour.
I am currently sat in a lovely coffee shop in Bristol. Cappucino to the left of me, notepad to the right, laptop in the middle, feeling good. I often come to this coffee shop. Not just because of the coffee (it’s great coffee, but not the best), but because of the people, and the space, and the art, and the staff.
The ABC Tour is still going. We have 9 days left to reach the target. Who knows? We might reach it! If we do, amazing. If we don’t, that is sad, but don’t worry mate, everything will be ok. This project might not happen due to lack of funds, but that doesn’t mean that no projects will ever happen ever again, ever (one too many evers perhaps?). I have a few other things up my sleeve for the year to come, but let’s just go one step at a time shall we?
So the ABC Tour Kickstarter Project is going ok. It’s not going amazing! But it is going ok. Thank-you big time to everybody that has pledged so far. You are all incredibly generous and I love you all. I have had a lot of people come up to me or message me saying “Oh I really love the project. I’m definitely going to pledge some money soon!”, but then they never pledge. This project will not happen unless the money is raised.
This week me and my friend Void have launched a new project on Kickstarter. The ABC Tour: 26 comedy-juggling shows in 26 different venues - chosen by YOU - each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. So far pledges for the project have been slow but steady. I am still hopeful we will reach the target, but it’s still very early days yet.
It’s 2017. Happy New Year you lovely lot. 2016 was a very productive year work wise for me. I made this little video to summarise my 2016. Check it out here:
I am currently on an aeroplane on my way home from Sicily. A lot has happened in the past few months. In the past few months:
I’ve recently finished a cruise contract on the tremendously wonderful ship, Carnival Vista. This ship is a grand ol’ floating chunk of fancy technology. Beautiful ship and crew. A true delight and I’m super looking forward to going back in a couple of days. But, day one was a pretty tough day. I thought I’d give a run down of it here:
So it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last Wednesday I drove my brothers camper van to Glastonbury festival. In writing, this sounds simple. In reality, this was one of the most hard core trips of my life. I left Cornwall at 7:30am on the Wednesday, I arrived at the gates of Glastonbury at 10:30pm. The gates were closed so the organisers put me and the van in a holding pen for the night. At the crack of dawn, I started to make my way onto the site. It took 4 hours.
It’s been an eventful week or so since I last blogged and quite a lot of happened.
Yesterday I received a new prop from Jazz Phab Hula Hoops. Its a foldable mini hula hoop which I will hopefully be using for a couple of new tricks. I have a few ideas for them, but they are very much in the pipeline (pow!) at the moment. I tried to take a selfie with me and the prop but it was fairly tricky. Here is my attempt:
I have been incredibly relaxed with this blog and have definiately not used it to it's fullest! However, I'm going to try my hardest to keep it as up to date as possible, starting...... from....... NOW! I've just come back from a week of shows in Strasbourg, France. This time, instead of the usual solo comedy juggling nonsense that I do, I was working with Gandini Juggling on an avant-garde juggling show called Clowns and Queens. It really was a lot of fun.
This week we have performed Beta Testing in Salisbury and in Reading. I also did workshops in Lincoln to promote the shows in Lincoln next week. It has been a very productive week and the tour is going very well. I feel like the show gets better and better each time (as it should really). This following week we are performing in Lincoln on Wednesday and Bristol on Friday and Sunday.
I’ve only gone and done it again haven’t I?! What am I like (there’s no need to answer that)? I’ve only gone and not done a blog post for over 10 days because I’ve been so busy, and now I have to do a really long one to fill in what on earth I have been doing with my time. I’m a nut. So I apologise for the long blog post.
I’m, once again, sat in the foyer of Jackson’s Lane theatre, about to take on the Studio day 5 of 2015. I thought what better way to start my day than to reflect on what has happened so far.
- So that people like yourselves can read about what I have been up to with my work and you will be able to follow the process of the creation of any new projects that I have coming up.
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