Having learned my lesson earlier in the month, last week on a rainy Tuesday, I made the trip to the Laugh Factory in Hollywood to sign up for the open mic. I got there at 2:30 and was number two in line when they opened signups at 5. The signup is for the following week, so at 5:15 I was free to go. Since I made my goal, I decided I didn’t need to go to the other Tuesday open mic in Hollywood, and I joined the rush hour traffic heading south.
Yesterday I went up to Hollywood again, this time with a solid G-rated three minutes. I’m convinced it is impossible to go from Long Beach to Hollywood and arrive at 6:30PM. If you leave at 4:30, you get there in an hour (i.e. at 5:30); if you leave at 5:00, you get there in an hour and forty five minutes (i.e. 6:45). I did the former; I always prefer to be early rather than late.
Because I was the second signup, I was second up on stage. Since this was more audition than true open mic, I did only tried and true material, with a few new phrases to link the three pieces. I thought my set went reasonably well, but I did not get a call back to do more time next week.
I have to say I was a little disappointed. Until this morning, when I got an invite to do a show at Flappers in Burbank next month. And I didn’t have to stand in the rain to get it.