Saturday, July 13th, 2013
This was my birthday week. I didn’t bust my ass to do shows. I will still get 5 in before end of Sunday. Getting off work at eight, home at nine and rolling into a single open-mic at ten seems to be the pattern for now. I also let a little self doubt creep in this week. It’s a fast acting virus that can erode your momentum and self confidence in less than half a day, that’s all.
Show 20: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013, MouthyPants Open-Mic
I had been taking a small notebook up with me to stay on point. I eliminated the notebook and just took my memory. I think I had a piece of paper with me but I didn’t reference it. I went ‘off-book’. Kym gave me a real sweet intro and I did my thing. I remembered a suggestion from a stand-up instructor; He said to “talk to the audience as you would your friend”. Solid piece of advice. You forget little gems like that, but really it should be the last thing I say to myself before walking on stage.
Show 21: Wednesday, July 10th, Eavesdropper Open-Mic
I’m a five minute bike ride to Eavesdropper/H.O.T. (which was also on the same night) I didn’t have much confidence in doing both that night so I picked the theater and parked it. I guess a breaker blew and the fluorescent house lights had to do. The theater space itself kinda looks like a abandon storage unit, with a couple of creepy touches; a menagerie of beat up toys hot glued to the wall and a shower set covered in fake blood. The place has tons of character, we just got to see more of it. It was a love fest though. I brought in my birthday at the show. I went up at 12:01am July 11. Happy Birthday to me! Another kid was having a birthday too, a kid who was just turning 21. I suggested Jumbo’s Clown Room, not a strip club, but a must see stop in LA.
Show 22: Friday, July 13th, Sabura y Cultura
I didn’t get there until 10:15p. It ended at 11p. The hosts (whose names escape me) were hell bent on getting everyone up. So the last five of us got ONE MINUTE to do bits. I talked about going back in time to hug hitler as a child.
Thursday, I had birthday drinks with friends, and a couple of comic buddies stopped by and we got into a pretty inspiring conversation about comedy nerd stuffs. We asked each other; “What do you want to do on stage?” I answered “I want to be vulnerable. I don’t think I am being that. I do think I’m performing though.”
Tonight, I’m going to the Hollywood Hotel.