#38 Maybe my 7-year old nephew was right?

1 Mar

Wow, I haven’t been that nervous in a long time!

Prior to last night’s comedy workshop and open mic night I felt like I was going to pass out, throw up or both! Instead of “Mystery Item” I should have called this one “Do something that scares the crap out of you and makes you break out in a cold sweat!”

A few weeks ago I told my 7-year old nephew that I was going to do an open mic comedy night.

He asked, “What’s that?”

I said, “It’s where you stand in front of crowd of people and try to be funny.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t do that.”

“Why not? Because of the audience.”

“No, because you’re not funny.” Ouch! Maybe he’s right, though?!?

Anyway, I powered through and did the comedy workshop. I received some positive feedback on the piece I did – great storytelling, strong structure, good use of personal anecdotes – plus some tips on things to improve (like I’m seriously going to quit my day job and do this for a living).

The best part – for me at least – was that the open mic line-up for the night was already full. Phew!!! I know, you might think it doesn’t count then, but there were 20 other comics in the room during the workshop and they’re some of the harshest critics around.

Overall I’m really happy with the experience. And I’ve got a whole bunch of material put together – fear of flying, the one drawer in the kitchen you never want to open, why film cameras are better than digital cameras, kids and “health food,” roller skating as a 10-year old, and more – in case I ever decide to do it again… hahahahaha, now that’s funny!

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