On Monday night I crossed an item off my bucket list.
I performed comedy at a Comedy Open Mic Show.
I could stop there. “Guy does something scary he’s always wanted to do,” would be the headline, and you’d nod approvingly and move on with your life. Maybe you’d be inspired to do something scary on your list. Maybe you’d forget I existed in three minutes.
But, there is more to the story. (And being a blogger, I am required by law to tell you.)
The truth is, so many things went wrong on Monday night.
So. Many. Things.
When you cross an item off your bucket list, you usually walk away with a good story and if you’re lucky, you might even learn something. This is what I learned.
1. The List is Life, Part I
I got to the show 30 minutes before it was supposed to start and put my name on the list. I was number ten. I thought this meant I would be the tenth comic, right where I wanted to be. I was sadly mistaken.
The list gets reordered by the host. Familiar names and proven commodities go first. New guys with weird last names go last. I was 19th out of 20 comics.
This was going to be a long night.
2. Preparation Isn’t Everything
There are 3 levels of performing comedy as far as I see it.
LEVEL 0 – performing in front of a mirror. You can see what you look like and there’s no reactions to distract you. Stop and start and tweak as much as you like. No risk, no reward.
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