30 minutes, 30 seconds, 30 days and 20 days

As I mentioned last time, I’ve been working with Chris Clobber to beef up my set for the “tour” I’m doing next month. I’ve been working the new material we’ve developed into some of the sets I’ve done recently, including those at the Burbank comedy festival and at an open mic this week.

This evening was our last scheduled session before those gigs. I’m feeling much more confident. We developed some segues to help me remember which bit follows which bit, and we’ve been reviewing some of the weaker material to bring it up a bit. Tonight we substituted a few bits with stronger ones and moved some others around to a more conversational flow. I’ll do the next show in Normal Heights as a ‘dress rehearsal’. I’ll be doing 30 minutes – this feels like moving into the realm of “real comedian”.

In other news, I did finish the video I mentioned in the last post. Sometimes I write more material than I know will make it onto the stage. I wrote a spoof of a Dr. Seuss book, but when I tried to use it on stage, it became apparent that the audience could handle only 30 seconds of it. I didn’t want to lose the rest of what I wrote, so I contacted comedian friend Chet Sewell and we did a video – you can see it here.

In non-comedy news, we’re expecting to close on the new condo on Monday, and I have lots of work associated with that. I started a web video series about it, since the condo has not been updated since it was built in 1975 and we want to modernize it, starting with a few “must do before we move in” projects. So for the next 30 days or so, that’s where most of my attention will be. Except, of course, for the time in Nevada and Oregon – OMG that’s only 20 days.