Well it’s been 2 months now and I’m still surviving on comedy. Although a weird thing has happened. I’ve started to have dreams about being on stage. Before I decided to quit my job to pursue a full time position in the humor business I can remember dreaming about being on stage only 2 times. Now it seems like it happens every night. And it’s also in a different scenario every time. I never dream about being on a stage that is completely familiar and comfortable. I have these anxiety inducing dreams where every joke that I tell I’m thinking I hope they like this one or I may not get paid or invited back to this club again. I suppose that’s probably normal considering I’m relying on repeat bookings for my livelihood but it feels strange. How did my week go? Well let’s see.
Monday – I hosted the ever busy and fun Sally O’Briens. 51 comics on the list. Everyone got onstage. I’m exhausted at the end of this show each and every week.
Tuesday – I hosted the much more relaxed open mic at Stadium Sports Bar and Grille in Quincy Center. I made a slight adjustment to our normal debate that follows the open mic. I got assistance from the audience choosing the debate topic for each set of comedians. It worked well and I think I’d like to stick with that format going forward.
Wednesday – I drove to another state to perform on a paid show. It was a good show because I got paid exactly what I was told I would be paid. It was sort of a tough audience though as there was only about 10 audience members and TV’s on all around the restaurant. Also, the microphone was wireless and there was no mic stand. The only way the sound system could be less appealing to a comedian would be if it was a headset and you didn’t have a microphone to hold at all. However, I managed to get some people to laugh and a woman came to tell me I was funny AND MOST IMPORTANTLY I was paid exactly what I was promised and I’m very grateful for that.
Thursday – I spent time printing out tickets for the upcoming UnScene Comedy Show in Lowell. I did that at my parents house since I don’t have a printer. My mother cut all the individual tickets from each page. Show business is glamorous. Thanks Mom.
Friday – I didn’t have a show so I went to watch my good friend Rick Canavan host the show at The Comedy Studio. He dressed as Rick Jenkins (the owner of the club) it was hilarious.
I also posted a new “Stand Up Shot” to reddit. And guess what, no magic this time. I did watch it very carefully but it was obvious after an hour that it wasn’t going anywhere. Not sure if it was the joke, time of day or some other variable that made it so much less popular than last week’s joke. But I would like to ask for your help this week in choosing a joke.
I’ll list three jokes and I’d like for you to comment below or message me on my facebook page which joke you think I should use.
1. My mother always told me “honesty is the best policy” but she also claimed that she coined the phrase.
2. When I was 8 years old my father told us that he was leaving forever but he was really just going out for a pack of cigarettes.
3. It seems like in some cities they are like “here’s a thing that’s killed a bunch of people where we live, let’s name our sports team after that. Like the Miami Hurricanes….. the San Jose Sharks…… the New York Jets….
Saturday – I did the show at The Dug Out in Boston. That show is always really fun and they pay based on ticket sales. It’s not as if I could make a living by doing that room every week but it’s a fun night that helps me at least buy some food for myself.
Here’s a clip from my set at the Dug Out: