Stand up comedy club open mike nights only allow 20 comics to perform. Some are national headliners, some are regulars and other are newbies like me. I got to the venue at 6:00pm, signed up on a list (put a star by name to indicate it was my first time), and waited to see if I made the cut. At 7:30 the club posted this list. I wasn't sure if I'd make because this is one of the top five comedy clubs in America, but I made it!
Notice that my name is the first on the list! I made it, but I was the opening act! I was just happy that I wasn't one of the other twenty that didn't make the list.
This morning, I didn't have a script memorized and nothing memorized. I just did not feel confident with any of my material. Eventually, as the time drew near, I had to pick something and go with it. So for 1.5 hours before the show I paced the club hallways memorizing my material. I was scared out of my mind, but the BLOGRIMAGE must go on.
As the first act, they called my name and I took the stage. It all kind of feels like a blur to me. What a rush, though! Hearing the crowd laugh, knowing some of my material worked, and that I had accomplished a goal made all the anxiety worth it.
The crowd actually laughed at a lot of my stuff. I felt confident on the stage and enjoyed every moment of it. Only at one point did I blank, but I can't even notice it on the video. After I got off the stage, one of the audience members high fived me. Mind you, none of the other comics received any high fives!
I'm glad this BLOGRIMAGE is happening. I'm so thankful for the people who came to support me--especially my girlfriend. She is the best and has truly supported me through this whole process.
One of my personal highlights is that a comic asked me if this was my first time performing. When I told him it was, he said that I need to continue doing this. Thanks, man.
Well, I'm going to keep going and try to get better. Who knows what will happen by the end of the 30 days.