Tucson – My husband and I went to Tucson for a weekend event. I drove out a day before he flew there, so I thought I’d try to get some stage time. Just so happens there was an open mic the night I arrived in town (OK, I knew about the open mic when I planned the trip). Three minutes each, except the headliner, who got ten. The good news is that I was on just before the headliner. The bad news is that meant I was comedian number 31 for the evening. Most of the comedians left after their set. Many groups of audience members left after their comedian friends performed. There were some good comedians in the mix, but most of the people who were there at the beginning of the evening never saw them. I played it pretty safe, using mostly material that I’ve used before, and some of it generated laughs. Still, I wouldn’t consider it one of my better shows.
Burbank – I was invited to do a show at Flappers in Burbank. The club requests that each comedian bring five people to the show, but that’s a request, not a requirement. (Some hardcore ‘bringer’ shows don’t let you perform if you don’t bring the required number of people.) I only had two committed until the day before the show, when suddenly three more people told me they were going. Good thing I had five people show up – the rest of the comedians combined only brought in five. So, a small audience. Ten comedians, between 5 and 15 minutes each – a slightly long, but reasonable show structure. About 2.5 minutes of my 6 minute set was new material. That alone dampens my delivery. Combine that with the small audience, and I have to say I was a little off.
Denver – My husband and I go to Denver every year. We used to live there, so it’s fun to go back and see old friends, etc. The last two times I’ve tried to get stage time when we were there. The first time I landed at an open mic in a funky bar on Broadway; I thought my set would go over well given the neighborhood. I was wrong; the room pretty much went flat during my set. Same material (and similar delivery) worked well in San Diego – still don’t know what I did/didn’t do. The second time I found a booked show in a coffee shop in Golden Triangle. Reasonably good set. Fun show. But I can’t find it this year the weekend we’re in town (i.e. tomorrow).
Tucson, Burbank, Denver – T.B.D. And “T.B.D.” sort of sums up where I am with comedy this far into 2016.