I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like a bit of comedy; even the most miserable of rush hour commuters enjoys the occasional sprinkle of slapstick. While I never want to be one of those people who says, “You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps”, Zipcar is a pretty lively place and we all enjoy a jolly good laugh.
In 2012 we decided to marry our love of comedy with what we do best – cars. Now I’ll put my hands up and say that this idea seemed much easier at the start: Get a comedian to perform a stand-up set in the back of a Zipcar with members as the audience. Yeah, it wasn’t that simple.
We spent hours in the back of a VW Touran discussing every detail from where a comedian would sit to how many cameras we could stuff in without it feeling like a claustrophobic Jessops branch.
We watched countless YouTube stand-up sets, some good, some bad, (some very bad). We emailed, phoned, met, discussed and argued with numerous agents. We drove around London trying to find the perfect route. We got a film crew on board, we tested cameras, we performed dummy runs, we set up contingency cars – all this before we had an audience.
Zipcar wouldn’t be what it is without its members, and just like us you guys like a good laugh. We asked our members to submit their funniest one-liners on our Facebook page, we picked our favourites and then our fans voted for their top two.
In the end we had an audience of four, two very funny comedians, a compere, two cars, a route, a film crew, cameras, sound, lights, a driver (me) and after a couple of drinks (not me) we had a car full of hilarity.
Big thanks to Mike Gunn, James Dowdeswell, Chris Gilbert, our wonderful Zipcar audience Neil, Ollie, Ellie and Simon and our amazing film crew Disclosure Group. It wasn’t the easiest project, but it a bloody good laugh!
We think the back of a Zipcar is a pretty unique location to host a comedy show, but what’s the strangest gig venue you’ve been to?