After taking a standup comedy class at the Improv Fort Lauderdale for the last five weeks, I got up on stage and made my debut. I was very pleased with the response I received and, as you’ll see in the video below, there were lots of laughs.
So, what’s next? More performances and the second part of the class. There’s an ‘advanced’ class that starts in a month that I’ve already signed up for and, in the meantime, I’m going to hit some open mic nights and get on stage as much as I can.
So, without further ado…
Tonight, I do something for the first time. I get up on stage and perform a standup comedy routine for a live audience. I’m more excited about this than you can know as I sit on the precipice of this new endeavor.
I’ve been told that I’m funny all of my life and have no doubt that it’s true from the reactions I’m able to illicit from the people I interact with. However, all my life I’ve said that I couldn’t be a standup comedian because, ‘I wasn’t that type of funny.’ I always considered myself to be situationally funny where I could make people laugh by building on things that were said or the situation we were in. I could never write a comedy routine or, at least, that’s what I thought.
It wasn’t until this past year that I decided to jot down the funny things I said. Before I knew it, I had pages upon pages of ‘material’. Looking at it far removed from the original situation, some of it is funny, at least in my opinion, and some of it is inane. However, tonight I’ll find out if it truly is funny. If I can get the audience to laugh in the way I think they will.
If nothing else, I gave it a go. This could be a point in my life that I remember fondly as something that I set out to do and accomplished or it could be a turning point that I remember as the moment everything changed. We’ll know by 8:30.
I’ve always considered myself to not have an addictive personality. That’s not to say that I don’t have vices, I do. Lots of them. None of them, however, have ever gottent the best of me. I’ve always felt that they have been well controlled and never interfered with, what I’ve always considered to be, my responsible life.
Sure, I like to drink. But, I’ve never skipped work to go to a bar at 10am and get drunk. I like to gamble, but not enough to throw my rent money away. I’ve even done drugs, but none of them has ever ‘had a hold’ on me.
I say all of this as I’m staring at a Starbucks. That’s significant because I drink Starbucks coffee nearly everyday. I do my best not to miss it and, when I do, I’m not in the best of moods. This revelation made me reevalutate what I always thought to be true.
Maybe I do have an addictive personality. Maybe I’m actually very addicted to things that I enjoy. I mean, I’ve continued to do them for the better part of my life. Maybe instead of thinking that I don’t have an addictive personality, I should start thinking that I have a ‘well-controlled’ personality. I have addictions, I’m just able to keep them in check. But, does that make them addictions at all?