Tomorrow's my WA open mic standup comedy debut. It's at Celtic Bayou, 7281 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond 98052. Show starts at 5:30 with folks from Jet City Improv, then open mic at 8.
Standup is different from humor blogging. For one thing, I'll be standing up. But then what do I know? I can't even get a definitive answer on whether it's standup or stand-up or stand up. The only thing that seems certain is I will not be performing lying down, which carries its own issues. I am one of the few people I know who has bedroom performance anxiety.
Many's the time I've suffered the embarrassment of premature punchlines. There are a few worse problems, but not many. I saw a doctor and he diagnosed ED. Entertainment Dysfunction.
He prescribed Niagara, which ensures each punchline falls just where it should. It helped a little, but it generated excess saliva which made me more anxious and resulted in premature punchline with a spit take.
At least at the show, I'll get a second chance as they will be allowing each comedian to perform twice, although at my age it takes a little longer to recover after the first one.
They do limit us to five minutes though and it usually takes me a bit longer than that to finish, so I should be good to go again in about half an hour.
Show got cancelled. Another thing in common with my love life. Hours of preparation and rehearsing, usually for nothing.
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