The Best of the Worst

This summer I was back at Burning Man for the first time since 2013, and it was a busy week.

Monday I made my Center Camp Cafe debut. Ok it was on the spoken word stage, and I was between a guy talking about the “message” science fiction film he just finished and a woman talking about her transition from IBM executive to ‘clairvoyant business consultant’. So, maybe it wasn’t the best lineup for a comedy set. Still, I got to try a few new bits and found out that several others don’t work in the context of Burning Man. If you’re not learning you’re not growing, right?

I had a small (but spread out over a large area) art installation in Black Rock City. I haven’t received any e-mails about it, so I don’t know if anyone actually saw it.  Sometimes you do art because you need to get it out there and it doesn’t matter what the reaction (or lack of reaction) is.  Besides, it was at least as good as the disco goat someone else did.

Some of our San Diego friends put up a major art project – ‘The Journey’. It was spectacular. We helped with the breakdown & load into the truck for home part.

Our camp was mostly fire dancers. We were in the circle for the actual Burn. That was pretty amazing, especially during the explosions. Someday I may try to add fire dancing to my skills, but I -am- a klutz so it may be a while.

Then there was the self-proclaimed “Worst Comedy Show on the Playa”. Should I be happy or sad that I was the ‘headliner’ for this?  Because it was billed as the “worst comedy show”, I had to start with a light bulb joke; it was a Burning Man light bulb joke, but still…. Very little of my set overlapped my non-playa material; it was actually kind of cool to be able to do some Burning Man specific bits for an “in the know” crowd.It was a great set even though I was doing some of the material for the first time. Headliner at the “worst” show – I guess that makes me the ‘Best of the Worst’.  Until the next burn.