In this crazy world called comedy you need to be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes with just a few minutes’ notice you have to stretch or shrink your set. Or it’s a last minute change to the order of the line up. Or suddenly your set needs to be “G-rated”. Or you get to the venue and it’s been dismantled (like this).
Or, like this week, the show gets canceled. There is a monthly ‘gay-ish’ show in Santa Ana that I was scheduled to do. Great venue and good people, but I’ll have to wait to do it another time. This seems to be a recurring theme since moving up here – I was booked on a show in Belmont Shore that got canceled the week before I was supposed to appear and I’ve shown up for a few open mics only to be told that they aren’t doing them there anymore.
Still, it is important to get stage time, so I went to an open mic in my neighborhood in Long Beach. I tried a few variations on some material. Most of the audience was other comedians, so it’s really hard to gauge how well the changes worked.
The rest of the summer is truly unexpected – for the first time in years, I don’t have a booked show on my calendar.