Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My big reality show audition

Yesterday I had a post up announcing my 5:30 audition for America’s Got Talent. Then I read the confidentiality clause in the audition contract and got spooked, so I pull the post. But after reading through the AGT website, I’m sure there’s nothing here that wouldn’t be considered public knowledge, so here goes—an account of my big adventure auditioning for a reality show.

Getting an audition spot was simple enough. A couple of weeks ago, the guy who runs the Bonkerz comedy club here in Las Vegas sent an email with a flyer announcing the audition opportunity to all the comics on his mailing list. All I had to do was send an email to the address on the flyer expressing my interest.

I got a response almost immediately saying they’d contact me in a few days. Then last Thursday—literally 5 minutes after I got an email saying my essay was going to be aired on Northeast Public Radio—I got a call from an AGT producer in Los Angeles asking if I could come in at 5:30 on Monday. A double shot of good news!

They send me a contract and a pretty extensive questionnaire which asked things like what obstacles have you faced (hello, stagefright), what was your most life-changing event (moving to Las Vegas by myself after my second divorce) and what would you do with your winnings (make sure my mother is comfortable for the rest of her life). That kind of stuff; stuff that actually required thought.

So yesterday I collected all my paperwork, picked out a cute little outfit (black miniskirt and purple V-neck top—slightly age inappropriate, as always, but perfectly balancing sexy and professional) and strutted myself to Palace Station casino. I arrived early, of course, and checked in upstairs in one of the meeting rooms. I actually stood in the wrong line for a while, but a kind Michael Jackson impersonator who was also auditioning got me on course. It wasn’t a madhouse or anything, and if it hadn’t been for the 20-member girls’ gymnastics team, the scene would actually have been quite subdued. After checking in, I took a seat with a couple of comics I recognized. Their appointments were an hour before mine, and they said it had been a lot busier before I arrived. One by one, people were whisked away for their time to perform.

As it turned out, I was the third from last person to audition, so things were quiet at the end. After waiting about two hours, I followed a nice guy down to the Louie Anderson showroom and waited outside until it was my turn. Then they called me in. The stage was lit, but the room was dark and empty except the handful of people sitting in a booth in the back. I know this stage well—I just did an open mic on it Sunday night—so that was probably an advantage.

The guy explained that they needed to get “clean audio” and so I shouldn’t worry when I don’t hear any laughter. “I know that’s hard for comics,” he said, “but just work through it.” No problem.

I had 90 seconds to wow them, which was good because I have only about 90 seconds of clean material. I pulled all my snappiest punch lines into one cohesive mini-set and delivered it flawlessly. Really, I had not one iota of anxiety. I was pleased with my performance, and I actually did hear laughter during my set. Afterward the guy thanked me and said, “That was really funny.” I was in and out in less than three minutes.

Performers who are selected for another round will be notified in April, though believe me, the odds of hearing from them are astronomical. The only thing that would give me a slight advantage is that I’m female and I’m older. At any rate, auditioning was a great experience. The process was well executed and took but a few hours of my time.

Tonight I’m back on stage in the lounge at Aliante Station. This stage is very well run, so I can highly recommend it to you. The show is free and starts at 8:30. Hope to see you there!

20 comments:

R. Jacob said...

I can't wait until you are a touring comedic star traveling to Florida fighting off good looking strangers ( me ) after your set is over and relaxing with a drink!

Josie said...

I'm so thrilled for you. I betcha they call you! How could they not? ;)

Kellee said...

Wonderful, Linda! Such a great opportunity, and no anxiety? You've made great strides. I'll have to come out and catch one of your sets (too bad I can't make it tonight).

Liz said...

Good luck Linda! When you have your own HBO special, I can say "I knew her back when!" When you make the big time comedic stage, I hope your tour comes to Wisconsin!!

408Down said...

How exciting! Good luck, Linda!! xoxo

Lori Biker said...

I am so proud of you! I am glad you think that you did a great job, even without laughter, well, actually you did have some!!!
I can't wait to hear what's next!

Julie said...

OMG, Linda, you're going to hear from them! I saw it in my head as I was reading this. Woooohoooo!

This is so exciting!

Tara said...

This is so awesome!!

Hurricane Mikey-- said...

In and out in three minutes? Sounds like a date with Mikey!


*rimshot*

/here all week
//try the veal

Sous Chef said...

WTG! You are taking the world by storm this year...Purgefest 2010 was an amazing thing for you! Break a leg...

gayle said...

So exciting for you!!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I'm so impressed with you and your talents! I really hope that you are shocked when they give you a call back! You are one busy lady!

Mike Dennis said...

Lots of luck, Linda. I'm pulling for you!!!

Donald Riggio said...

Sexy and professional...I tyhink there's a word for that...can't come up with it right now...Kidding aside congrats...I'm sure you'll get called back.

Tasha said...

Whoo hoo that's awesome! Lotsa lotsa luck!

Jamie in PA said...

Way to go!! Good Luck!!

dle said...

...that is great,hopefully you will be doing a show while I am out there endo of March!!

Barbara said...

OF COURSE they are going to pick you!!!! And not just cause your a hot "old" gal, because you have TALENT. Wow, I can't wait to say "I KNOW her!" ;)

Heidi Lynch said...

Linda Lou, if I was in Vegas I would be at your show! I didnt know you were preforming at Aliante! Good for you! It was nice seeing you at aunt Donna's Christmas Party. Ill be there in March, hope to see you again then!

peewee said...

I just KNOW I'll be seeing you on that show!!!