I haven’t been on the comedy stage for quite some time, but with my acting gig approaching I figured I needed some practice performing in front of strangers. So I dusted off some of my go-to material and sprinkled in a couple new bits and hit the stage.
Well, stage isn’t quite accurate. The open mic was downstairs at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner. The mic and amp were set up in the dead animal corner. It more of a comedy nook than a stage.
I’ve described the horrors of this show elsewhere.
I got a few laughs and some smiles. Under normal circumstances I would say that I bombed, but that night I think I did fairly well. I wasn’t bothered by bombing though. The performance fulfilled its purpose. I was able to do my role in the movie with no inhibition.
The problem is that I seem to have regained the comedy bug. The lack of laughs from the previous show is starting to gnaw at me. I’m revising my set based on the audience reaction. They seem to enjoy the setup-punchline format better here. I’m also working to reduce the complexity of my setups.
The next step is to visit all the area open mics and find the one that’s the best fit for me.