Monthly Archives: August 2014

And then there’s the day job….

I try to be on stage at least once a week, but I’ve managed only twice since my last post almost three weeks ago.  (Although I did film a video for the “Care For Flair” campaign – http://carefornicflair.wix.com/donate)

Yes, I have a few distractions – We expected my husband’s job would be ending by Labor Day, so we planned to start a major home renovation project.  Then we found out I’d have more time to help him – in my last post, I mentioned that I was laid off from my IT job.  I’m now realizing that my layoff has affected my mood a bit more than I thought and we’re now seeing that the kitchen renovation is going to be a bigger job than we thought.

But awareness is the first step of change.  I won’t be able to get any stage time this week, but I will do at least one open mic before my next show on September 13.  My goal is to be back to one or more times on stage per week by the end of the month.

And somewhere in the middle of that, I’ll be looking for a new day job – because comedy isn’t going to pay the bills just yet.

 

Yesterday wasn’t fun

Media and internet exploded yesterday (and some still today) about the untimely death of Robin Williams. There’s really not much that I can add to the conversation except to say that I have always considered his ability to be totally zany one minute and convey something serious the next  his true magic.  He always kept us off guard yet still grounded.

On a personal level, if I can grow to have just a sliver of that kind of magic onstage, I will consider myself a successful comedian.  And as of yesterday, I’ll have a little more time to practice since I was laid off of my IT job.  Yeah, yesterday was not fun.

A Week of Lessons

This post is perhaps a slightly different direction than most of the previous ones.  This week I was in a show and in the audience for two shows.

First, I had been invited to do a show that’s just getting started in our neighborhood.  The producer said I could have as much as 15 minutes if I wanted.  The good news is that, when I started putting together the set, I found I have a fair bit more than 15 minutes.  I put together a set that included some new material and some stuff I haven’t used in a long time.  I didn’t get a chance to use it all; when I got there we jointly decided that if all the comics (including a few friends) got 15 minutes the show would run too long, so I would do 8.  The stage is great; the lighting and the sound system were a little less than I would have liked.  The good news is that some friends who haven’t seen me perform showed up; the bad news is that there was a heckler; the good news is that the heckler was outside smoking during my set; the bad news is that I was rattled enough by the sudden set length and the presence of the heckler that I was not at my best.  I’m a little frustrated by the fact that my friends had to see that set.

Two days later, my husband and I were at a familiar venue, the Comedy Palace (a stage I’ve performed on many times), to see the legendary Dana Carvey.  His set was phenomenal – a mix of favorite bits and and some new stuff he was still working on.  As much fun as the evening was, it was as important to me to watch one someone like him working.  After the show, I made a few notes.  I don’t aspire to model my show after his, but there’s certainly a lot I can learn from it.

Early Saturday night, we went to a party and, since we were in the neighborhood, dropped by Comedy Heights at Twiggs (again, a venue where I have performed regularly).  Several favorites (including Tony Calabrese) were on the bill for this show, along with one of Tony’s other students and a club owner.  Again, I loved the show.  I stayed after to help with cleanup and to be ‘audience’ for an audition.  That was actually a good thing for me – it sort of pointed out how far I’d come since auditioning for BrewHaHa and Comedy Heights two plus years ago.

So, in one week, I got to see how far I’ve come, how far I need to go, and where some of my weakness lies.  I hope you all with stick with me as I improve.