Just got back from the second session of Gone in 60 Seconds, a rather original open mike comedy presentation. 60 second time limit, with a gong. Not a real gong, just somebody keeping time and holding up their fingers when you’re down to 10 seconds. Come to think of it, a real gong might be a nice touch, or a vuvuzela, or something really to scare the bejeezus out of everybody and attract the attention of people who are trying to just sip their tea and have a quiet conversation in the next room so that they come in to see what all the brouhaha is about and then you’d have a bigger audience.
It takes place at A Maze in Tchaijovna, just a few steps from Hradčanská Metro Station, which is a very nice place. Pots of exotic tea, (they also serve alcoholic beverages, of course),big, delicious cookies, couches so soft they can swallow a pothead whole, a performance room with a stage and a piano, lots of cozy, little, side rooms make it a very welcoming and homey atmosphere.
As far as the event itself, in some ways it was a lot like the last one. In typical Prague fashion, it was slow to get started, with people starting to drift in 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, and nobody wanting to go first. After a few people had gone up, and after a few people had had a couple of beers, the pace picked up and there was a steady stream of people getting up, telling their favorite jokes, reciting dirty limericks, falling over the microphone, and having a really good time.
I don’t know when the next one will be, but if you want to try out a comedy routine, or just laugh at other people trying out their’s, you should try and make it. The one minute time limit guarantees you that if somebody is totally bombing, you want have to suffer for long.