“Stupid decisions can bring you good stories, but not all stories should be shared.” | Dom Mackie talks taking his Poor Life Choices on tour

Tell us about your show, Poor Life Choices.

I am an idiot; I have many stupid stories of things I have done and I love entertaining people with them. It is a shame that others aren’t as open as I am with the stupid events that have happened in their lives. So, I aim to persuade my audiences to do the same, to be more open and to be proud of the stupid decisions they’ve made, as it makes them who they are.

Overall, the show is a therapeutic experience, I have nothing to hide, so neither should you.

What inspired the show?

We all make stupid decisions in our lives; I make some every day. Whenever I used to tell these stories, I felt a bit of joy from telling them as my friends laughed and I felt they aren’t that stupid anymore. The fact my idiocy made people laugh gives these stories purpose, so I intend to share them.

What kind of poor choices do you explore in your show?

I won’t spoil too much of the show but I go a lot into my first ever date and the steps I took to impress the girl. I also appeared on a BBC One game show… but the audition was definitely an experience and let’s just say I made a few mistakes to make it the worst day of my life… still got on the show though.

What made you decide to invite the audience to share stories of their own?

As I’ve mentioned before, it saddens me when there are people out there who may feel embarrassed by the stupid stories from their past. There isn’t anything to be ashamed about.

What’s the best story you’ve heard from an audience member?

My all-time favourite was on the first date of the tour in Leicester. This couple had a 5-year-old daughter and when she was 2, she was ill and they decided to postpone Christmas till January until she was better. Even though that is a brilliant idea, even after 3 years, the daughter still thinks there are two Christmases and the parents don’t know how to break it to her. Oops!

You’ve performed the show across the country. How different are the audience’s stories from place to place?

It’s quite bizarre, places like London, Brighton and Kent were very open with their stories. Even when I did a few dates in Toronto, the audience there were very proud of their stories and very open (even had one who was very vocal of a certain accident they did during a school assembly). But in places like Cambridge, the audience are more discrete about their stories and it took a bit of prodding.

Has writing the show taught you anything about making decisions that you can share with us now?

It has taught me that stupid decisions can bring you good stories, but not all stories should be shared. There are some stories I still feel I can’t reveal (I won’t say why, but let’s say I am a bit ashamed of it still) but that is okay! You can be discrete about these things, but don’t keep your whole life hidden.

What do you hope people take away from your show?

It is okay to make stupid decisions, don’t ever be ashamed of them. Be proud of what you have done, they make them who you are. I am proud of my mistakes, be proud of yours.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?

It will be an amazing adventure. Savour every joke and every minute you’re on that stage. I won’t lie, it will be difficult at some points but it is worth it for the rewards you get from it. But most importantly, have fun, it is an unforgettable experience and the fun you will have is incredible.

Dom is performing his show around Europe for the rest of the year.

You can find tour dates on his website.

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