So, it’s Kindness Day (www.kindnessdayuk.com) and on this site, people have been recording their promises to do something – well – kind. There are cakes being made, appreciation being given, money being left in machines for others to benefit from. There are staff treats being planned and parents being helped. I hope to have quite a few more testimonies of pleasantness before the weekend is over, and will be collating them into a Feelgood Blog tomorrow.
But in the meantime it’s time for ME to do something kind. I’ve warmed up by putting money in a couple of charity tins and helping someone promote their tour, and some other minor stuff, but now it’s time for the big guns. I don’t want to be accused of soliciting charity without digging deep myself, the way Bono (rather harshly) is sometimes. In fact I’m looking to steer clear of a lot of the traps Bono falls into, like flying a hat first class on a plane, and declining gradually as a musical force.
Quite often people tweet me and say ‘damn! I’d love to come to your show, but I’m a skint student/have just lost my job/am a nurse/have to choose between your show and Christmas presents for my family’. Sometimes, almost at random, I dole out free tickets to these sob-story-tellers, because I realise £16 or whatever is a considerable sum to see a man talking, and I’d hate people to be deterred from seeing me by the fact they’re a primary school teacher rather than an investment banker, and so on.
So for Kindness Day, I’m going to do it in a non-random way. I will give ten pairs of free tickets to the ten people who can give me the best sob stories, i.e. reasons why they deserve to come to the show for free.
It could be a financial sob story (no money because nurse; house burgled last week; unemployed; just out of jail etc) or just a reason why you need to go to a comedy show (breakup; cat dead; racial group insulted by Daily Mail; just out of jail etc).
The rules are simple:
-This competition is going to run jointly on Twitter and on this blog. On Twitter, entries will be limited to 140 characters. Here, there’s no limit, of course.
-You need to specify which show you’d like tickets for – dates are on this site in the Live section – and be able to give me an email address to contact you.
-Ideally, your need should be genuine, although you can of course enter on behalf of a deserving friend.
-If you spin a convincing enough story though, you might still win.
-I’d like to close the competition on Monday. Go for it! Good luck!