I was excited! The open mic room had 12-15 non-comedians, which is great for an open mic. Moreover, they were an interactive, lively crowd; just the type I like. However, by the time it was my turn, they had all but cleared out.
You see, I’m an open mic’er. That means that when headliners come, they get on before I do, and typically do as much time as they feel like. For example, I’ve seen headliners do 15-30 minutes of material at an open mic while open mic’ers like me do five. But hey, I guess they deserve it. They’ve put in their time. In addition, I look forward to learning from the best in the room…but that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed when I go on at 11:30pm on a Monday night…cue the violin.
New Dating Set
Here’s a set that I’m working on right now about dating.
The main thing that I was trying to do is just be myself up there. I was really happy about was when I heard a girl say, ‘That’s so true‘ when I finished my joke about girls going on evenings instead of dates. I don’t want to just give a random stream of jokes – I want to have the audience driving home repeating my jokes because they find my arguments to be compelling. I will readily sacrifice laughs to leave a lasting impression. Obviously, the ultimate is to get laughs and give a compelling argument a la Chris Rock, Paul Mooney, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, etc.
Tonight, I’m practising both being myself and honing the new bits at Neil Griffin’s Pickled Onion at Queen/McMurchy. I started really getting serious about putting in a lot of stage time after Nitish Sakhuja, a name you’re going to start seeing more often in comedy circles, encouraged me to get out more often so that my vehicle (delivery) was on par with my driver (writing). Most of all, I’m continuing to have fun. I no longer dread going on stage. I look at it as an opportunity to have fun and KILL.
What does, ‘Pum Pum Tun Up’ mean exactly?