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.