Computers help us in every area of our lives and yet adoption
for the purposes of performance has been relatively slow. This is a
set of articles discussing comedy using computers, people who
currently use computers on stage and some responses to my questions
I'm a firm believer that computers can be a useful tool in
helping enrich and improve the performance experience. Partly this
is to encourage other comedians to take the plunge and take a
computer on stage.
Partly I'm doing this for my own selfish needs - I'm currently
going through a development cycle with version 2 of the Gig-A-Tron
system so I'm interested in other comedian's experiences with
computers and any tips they might have for taking a computer on
stage. This will shortly be updated to include a section on each
comedian I've had a response from about how they use their computer
|Tom Binns (aka
||Tom performs a DJ character act and uses his computer to play
sound bites and music.
||Not an act I'm familiar with - but I'm told he uses an iPad on
||One of the best known users of a computer on stage, Dave has
used computers for visual aids when telling stories in the past for
a number of shows (Googlewack Adventure, Are You Dave Gorman?,
Better World etc).
|Owen Niblock (me)
||I take an AI comedian on stage which tells jokes and put-downs
from a database.
||Recently (May 2011) started using a computer on stage when
MCing his gig The Reckless Moment in Leamington.
||Howard performs with an animated sidekick (Little Howard) in
his Big Howard, Little Howard shows.
||Did a show at Ed Fringe 2012 called "The Dark Room" taking the
concept of a text adventure and playing it out with the audience
deciding what to do. Larger description to follow shortly &
possibly an interview if I can get in touch with him.
||Has previously used computers in his shows and is currently (I
believe) using an iPad on stage.
||David uses his computer to display videos and animation, using
repetition and rhythm to enhance the laughter. Nominated for the
Perrier Newcomer Award in 2012 (it's still called the Perrier -
deal with it).
||Mark often uses a computer to type messages to the audience as
they come in to take their seats.
If you know anyone using a computer on stage who isn't on
this list - please let me know (or point them in my direction). Contact details are