Flying without a net

Ok, so Monday I decided to do the Stand-up Open Mic night yet again, and as last week I had done the unthinkable and used notes on-stage, this week I decided to try the reverse and not plan anything. I realize that, for those of you who know me, the fact that I went into something completely unprepared isn’t all that shocking. Not. At. ALL!

However, I would like to point out that I’ve been putting this whole acting thing on hold for some time. Given that in the last decade I’ve only been acting for about a year’s worth of shows, it’s amazing that some of what I ‘knew’ has finally sunk in. The biggest learning comes from being in the Oxymoron’Z in Phoenix, and the skills I’ve learned in that troup are what is making doing stand-up so wonderful.

When I decided to get back into acting, especially trying something new with stand-up, I knew that it was the right time. Why I knew this is beyond me, but it’s true. For once, I get on stage, I say things that make others laugh and I’m calm, driven, easy and really pretty focused.

But notes didn’t work for me as well as I thought it would. I was too focused on reading them to be really connected to the audience, and so I was funny but not engaging. This monday, with no notes and no thought beforehand of what I would say, I was funny and engaged. I wasn’t as funny as some others, and I certainly didn’t cause anyone to pee. I did have many of the audience come up to congratulate and compliment me, including the hosts, again.

So it’s going to be interesting going forward, it’s not going to be an easy road to success in comedy. I don’t know that I’ll make it. but it’s something that I enjoy and seem to be good at. Now if I can just get paid doing it. Oh, and I need to film it, I know. Go figure.

2 comments

  1. I’m sure I could figure it out by rereading these things, but when do you do this open mic thing? I would like to see it.

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