I thought it might be interesting to last week's highs and lows through this medium.
My GF had the day off, she dragged me to the mall in the morning to do some shopping! She had a vision. To get started we went to La Madelline to order coffee & quiches, me spinach, her ham. The quiche was rather disappointing, not negative yelp review disappointing, but close. The crust was dry and hard, we'll get panera next time. Also in a strange turn of a events the ham quiche was better than the spinach one (I really hate ham) so there’s that. We popped into a lot of stores to pick out gifts for her family. Women really love masquerading blankets as regular clothes (apparently they are called ponchos). She bought a few of them. I didn’t get anything, for anyone. A great success if you ask me.
That night I got asked to perform at the State Theater in Falls Church. (Thanks again Jose!) I can’t emphasize this enough, but my anxiety is almost nonexistent in front of large crowds (AND when its not my show) The crowd's energy flows through my veins making me feel comfortable, like I don't have to do anything. There were 500 people in the audience and it felt easy… I’m just humble enough that I don't brag after a great performance. My fellow comedians asked how it went and I said the, “the crowd was great!” (which they were!) Not that I got 4+ applause breaks during an 8 minute set. Maybe if I openly bragged more I’d get booked more? I really don’t know. I was also stone cold sober. I think I might try that more often. I’m definitely slower when I’ve been drinking.
I didn’t get my performance on video so I spent late Friday night kicking myself and watching Mars Attacks on Prime.
In the morning I took my Mom to her doctors appointments. We grabbed lunch after. She got a good report so she was in an especially pleasant mood, and I enjoyed our time together.
Running shows is stressful. There are so many moving variables that it’s hard for me to keep my head on straight. On this particular night a company had reserved the entire venue from 530-730. This meant no regular after work humans were allowed in. I was worried that we would lose our audience because we grab a lot of curious people the night of. I was then concerned that our audience was going to be flat since they all worked for the same company. That's where power dynamics come into play, people don’t generally feel comfortable laughing at inappropriate things when surrounded by their bosses & coworkers. We had to work them a bit, but they came around and overall I think the night went really well!
My GF works from home on Wednesdays so we get to spend the day together, working. It’s nice. I went to the grocery store in the AM and began making some chili in the slow cooker. I’ve been getting back into cooking recently, my new thing is to make food so delicious that I can tolerate anyone’s company. It was da bomb! I hope there are still leftovers tomorrow.
HaHa Hannukah: A Jew-ish Comedy Showcase at Tysons was pretty good. I somewhat stumbled through my hosting set (I really don’t like hosting my own shows) but I did my job by engaging the audience and getting them laughing. During my set I pivoted into telling a string of white supremacist jokes. They kind of worked. Here's one,
"I know a guy that raises chickens just for their white meat. Breast and wings. Dark Meat? He just throws it out. Doesn't think its equal, won't even feed it as scraps to his pigs. So I wasn't surprised when I saw a picture of him attending a rally for the Klu Clucks Klan."
The show didn’t go how I envisioned in terms of jew-ish-ness, but the talent did well enough. On the downside one comic got uncharacteristically annoyed at the crowd. The crowd was a bit light, but 15 people (not comics) is enough to do well in that room and they were getting lots of laughs! I assume they must have had a bad day. Comics are human too... Also apparently the girl that was being rude and "talking out of turn" was deaf. That’s pretty damn funny if you ask me. Headline: Comedian yells at audience member, falls on deaf ears.
I was feeling low in the morning, but things picked up when Scott came over and we recorded the first episode of the Tysons Comedy Cellar Podcast. I think it's got great potential. Scott and I lean very differently on political and social issues, he's a bit of a bigot and I'm not so our discussions are fun. (Just kidding Scott, I’ll leave that up for the viewers to decide)
The show at Tysons that night was great, I was average (I got a little messed up). We had an awesome crowd, and the comedians really delivered. The only negative was I had THREE comics no-show. I usually don’t care, but the audience wanted more comedy and we couldn’t give it to them. They audibly went AWWWW when we announced that the show was over. It happens. Overall great night though!
I took my Mom to appointments in the morning and felt like crap so I got really stoned and played video games all day.