I did a set Saturday night at Duke’s Last Laugh in Glenmont, NY, just outside of Albany. It was my first time on stage in about four months, and my first time ever on that stage. Here I am with my buddy Dave Kanyan, who hosts the show.
I’m happy to report that I did well and after almost seven freakin’ years of doing stand-up (on and off), I’m finally starting to have fun. That’s supposed to be the whole point, right? Like why would you continue to partake in a hobby that doesn’t bring you joy?
Historically I’ve had some issues with stage fright and so the whole notion of having fun while performing stand-up has been lost on me. Fun? What could be fun about putting yourself in front of a bunch of strangers with the sole purpose of making them laugh? What could be fun about possibly forgetting your entire act and having to stand there like a vacuous-brained doofus?
I think I can identify why I’ve had this turning point. In corporate training, we have what’s called a “bag of tricks” that’s comprised of war stories, anecdotes, helpful hints, etc. We pull from this bag of tricks during a training session as applicable to the trainees in front of us. The more training experience you gain, the more you have to pull from.
Believe me, I have no aspirations to do comedy professionally; it’s strictly a hobby. I’m primarily a writer; stand-up is just a piece of the puzzle that is Linda Lou. But it wouldn’t make sense for me to do stand-up if I’m not having fun. Thankfully, the fun part is finally starting to kick in.
My sister Lori videoed my set, but I need to edit it a bit before I put it on YouTube. Coming soon…