Actually, the whole day was great. It started early; at 8:30 a.m. I was in attendance at the monthly meeting of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Speakers Association. The featured speaker was Steve Kaplan, who told us all about the construction of comedy. His presentation was so informative, I stayed for the afternoon workshop as well and picked up a few pointers to integrate into my own presentation for last night’s meeting of the Henderson Writers Group.
|Booya -- the man who made it happen
At about 10:00, I hopped in the shower to revitalize and then headed over to catch the end of the Las Vegas Blues Society’s open jam at King Tut’s. What luck—as soon as I got there, my pal Rockin’ Billy and his band took the stage. Here’s a few minutes of their second song.
Rockin’ Billy is cool as hell; he was a big deal back in Chicago and has played with greats like Delbert McClinton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. We’re so lucky here to have such a great blues scene, as under-appreciated as it is.
After the open jam wound down, I headed over to Boomers and the place was hopping. The comedy had already started in the back room, but it took me a while to check it out since I got caught up talking with some old comic friends, including “Dr. Jim,” who’s not only an old boyfriend, but also the photographer who took the photo of me on the back cover of my book.
|Photo by Dr. Jim
As I said, the place was packed and everyone was in rare form. I have to say the highlight was when my (very good looking) friend Brandt Tobler concluded his hosting hour by emerging from the curtain… naked. Okay, he was wearing a sock. If you have some time to kill at work today, check out Brandt’s website, especially his “What is it like to date a porn star” post. Kids today.
Well, I finally got on stage at 4:45 and by then I was definitely starting to fade. I was amazed that the house was still full; it was like we were doing a telethon except there were no kids in wheelchairs. After my set I decided to call it a night, but I’ll tell you, this 53-year-old was pretty goddamn proud to be strolling in at sunrise.
Hell, yeah, I still have it in me, partying like it’s 1979! Just your typical Vegas granny…
Needless to say, Sunday was a couch day.
|The whole gang! (Photo by Dr. Jim)