I make it a point to never do the same show twice. I try to rotate through my bits and even when I do the same bit I try to add or change something each time. So even though I usually do sets of 10 minutes or so, I have more than 10 minutes worth of material.
This past weekend I had shows scheduled for both Friday (at Winstons) and Saturday (with Comedy Heights), so early in the week when I was planning my shows, I set a challenge for myself. (It was also Pride weekend, and we had house guests, so it was a busy weekend, but that’s another story). My challenge to myself was to do completely different material each night. And I succeeded.
I got another challenge on Thursday – I applied for and was hired for a TribbleRun tour – feature slots for a night in Winnemucca and a night in Klamath Falls in September. This means a 30 minute set. I just proved I have 18 minutes, and there’s plenty of other material that I didn’t use this weekend, so this shouldn’t be a problem, but the bigger challenge is to determine how to fit it all together into something resembles a coherent show. This is a good challenge to have.
Two weeks late, but I was on stage with Jennifer for one of our Notorious4Comedy shows in Normal Heights. We had planned to do a show every two weeks starting in June, but got bumped for our second June date, so our second show was almost a month after the first. As seems to be the norm for Notorious4Comedy, we had some last minute changes – Maria was ill, so Chris Clobber took over for her, and Maria sent us an unexpected extra comedian (Jonathan Randall from New York, in town for Comic Con). I hosted – much better than my stint at Red’s a few months back, but I still need more experience. Then again, Jennifer and I are creating Notorious4Comedy so we can get more experience. And Jennifer was quite the trooper, going on stage about three hours after a root canal!
I did some new stuff and tweaked some of the bits that I introduced in May. Most of it seemed to be well received, although I forgot to tape it for confirmation. I’m slowly building material for a twenty or thirty minute set, one minute at a time. All in all, it was a really good show, and my part was at least good.
The other news today is that I have been accepted for the Burbank Comedy Festival! I don’t know the exact dates I’ll be on stage yet, but I’ll make it work on my calendar. So, yes today was a good day.