Sometimes an idea strikes you and you have to see where it takes you. So it was with the show I wrote and performed at the Tucson Fringe Festival last weekend. I can’t say it was a great performance – I got a few scenes out of order – but I did it in front of a paying audience, which was exciting. I can’t say it was a great piece of theater, but after the show people were discussing it, so it did what I intended. All in all, it was a good experience. This was a departure for me in that it was a drama. I don’t think I’m done with it, but for now I can move on to other projects, possibly including some new stand up material. It was a stretch for me, but if you don’t stretch, you never grow.
We spent the week between Christmas and New Years visiting friends in the Bay Area. Knowing that I had a comedy contest on January 2, I decided at nearly the last minute (well about 24 hours ahead, which is ‘the last minute’ in my anal-retentive left brain) to do a Monday night open mic in San Francisco as a practice set.
And that is how my San Francisco comedy debut was in a laundromat.
One person besides John showed up specifically to see me, and since it turned out I was on almost at the end of the show, I took the two of them out for drinks afterwards. I got the light a little earlier than expected, so I cut a few sections from the set before I did it at the contest.
Doing a comedy contest in LA on Monday, the second day of the new year sounded like a great idea – what better way start a year than in front of big audience doing a great set? It just sets the tone for success in the months to come! Unfortunately, that’s not the way it turned out. I felt good about my performance, and was aware of the audience laughing at most of the ‘right’ places, but did not make the cut to compete in the semi-final round. At least I had a few people there cheering for me.
So that was how my year ended and started.