Glasgow Comedy Festival

Blog: 'It Ain't Easy Being Geeky' by Tony Sloan

Who's Spider-Man's favourite composer?

Andrew Lloyd Webber.

A few of you might have laughed at that joke... some may have only tittered... but it's more than likely the majority of you rolled your eyes and groaned. But maybe, just maybe, one or two of you thought “Wrong! Peter Parker's favourite composer is Johann Sebastian Bach as stated in The Amazing Spider-Man issue 315!” If you are one of these people, then Close Encounters Of The Nerd Kind is the show for you.

These days people can call themselves a “Geek” without feeling any kind of shame. In fact, many take delight in wearing the label, albeit in an ironic sense. Some declare “I'm such a nerd!” on Facebook after watching three episodes of Game of Thrones back to back. An attractive girl will wear a T-shirt with the Millennium Falcon on it, not even knowing what film it's from, or that it's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Some will think themselves geeky because they watched 10 minutes of The Big Bang Theory and laughed at one of the jokes. And that's great! It's amazing that geek culture has become part of the mainstream. But it wasn't always that way. There was a time when throwing up the Vulcan salute in high-school would get you beaten up and make your life harder than trying to pass the Kobayashi Maru. I called this “The Dark Times.”

As a kid, I loved Star Wars... and Star Trek. (That's right, I swing both ways... I'm Bi-Sci-Fi.) I used to watch the films endlessly, quote lines from episodes, collect the action figures (but never remove them from their original packaging... pfft... obviously). I was truly a Geek. But as I entered my teens, I would be called this not in the positive, but in the pejorative: it wasn't cool to be a Geek.

In my epic quest to fit in I threw out my Star Trek videos, got rid of my Star Wars figures, and took down my Sarah Michelle Gellar posters (hmm... Buffy...) If I was to be accepted into “Normal” society and have a chance at having friends or seeing a girl's boobs, everything had to go! And so it did, but now there was this void in my life. I felt lost. More lost then trying to follow an episode of LOST... how good was LOST!!!

I didn't like sports (except Podracing and Quidditch), I didn't like fighting (unless it was Street Fighter, and that was only a game for the SNES), and I wasn't any good at pulling girls (that wouldn't come until later on... ladies... wink wink). So what was there? Nothing. Being a Geek was who I was.

So as I made the journey from confused adolescent to slightly less confused man, I realised there was no denying it. And like Luke Skywalker eventually accepting the truth that Darth Vader was his father * SPOILER ALERT *, I embraced my destiny. I am Geek! Hear me... quote Lord Of The Rings!

So now, in an age where comic book movies and TV series are all the rage, it's trendy to be a Geek! But what does it mean to be a Geek? It's not about being able to speak whole sentences in Klingon, or being able to name every actor who ever played Doctor Who in chronological order. No... it's about being passionate! So if you have a passion for anything from The Walking Dead, to Stargate, to Battlestar Galactica then frak it, come along to the show. Like Spock says: “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations”. All are welcome.

Except if you like Babylon 5... Babylon 5's a big pile of sh*t!

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind is at Yesbar, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March at 4:30pm - book your tickets online or call our box office on 0844 873 7353.