So on my third try at stand-up comedy….
A guy from the other open mic recognized me and asked if I’d go up there– he was in charge. My friend was bartending and I knew she wouldn’t relent about bugging me to try it– so I did.
I thought I had some solid material.
The room was so much different than the other place I’d performed those first two times. It was the back room of a small restaurant, sectioned off with a partition in the wall. It was only comedy and music– and most did comedy. There was a small stage, and the crowd was facing me, dispersed equally throughout the room.
This time, it was a bar. The stage is way bigger, the room comparatively huge. People were interspersed throughout, talking. A lot of softball teams were there drinking after their summer leagues. It was all live music– I was the only comedy performer that I’m aware of.
I took a few minutes to jot down some ideas. I felt good.
And….. apparently over-estimated myself.
I got some stares–definitely– when I started out. Ha! But not laughs.
Once or twice, I might have gotten a few towards the end. I didn’t really look at anyone… tough to tell. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking?
I’m not going to repeat my ill-chosen material here– because I plan to recycle it.
I think I was up there three minutes, maybe five? I glanced at my paper a couple of times. Before, I’d just gotten up there and talked.
Who knows what contributed to my anti-climactic performance? It doesn’t matter.
Afterwards, I sat down and asked my friends what they thought.
“You are above this crowd,” one friend said. “Only a few of us could appreciate the material.”
“It’s really loud, hard to hear you,” another said.
My bartender friend had cheered for me in the beginning but apparently missed most of it, distracted by duties. “There was a fight,” she said. A few fights, apparently.
I asked another guy, “Was any of that funny?”
“I was outside. Did anybody boo you?”
He smiled. “You’re good, then!”
I guess. I’ve got my first story about a “tough crowd.”
Now I’ll just find the funny and make it work next time.