So this week was especially active as I had so much happen in so little time.
This week I neglected fitness totally, I really need to work on my time management so that part of my life doesn’t wane too much. So much time with comedy shows, awkward dates, and geeking out that I truly didnt have time last week to really address fitness.
Awkward dates, well that was Thursday and I will address that more onstage than I do here, just because I wanna try and work that out without everyone having this as a reference point.
I geeked out this week because a couple of weeks ago I was taking out my trash and I noticed a computer tower out by the dumpster. Being the classy person that I am I picked it up and took it home with me. It was a dell optiplex 360, case was a mini ATX. The person that threw it away made a feeble attempt at gutting it, taking the hard drive, memory, and cmos battery. They left the processor (Pentium Dual core 2.93Ghz) and the power supply to the case. After downloading the post light guide to test if it was a bad power supply, I powered it on. Power supply - good, next was the Battery receptacle, the battery receptacle was chipped but could still hold a battery. Finally I broke down and spent 200$ for a 500GB HD, 4GB RAM, and windows 7 home premium 64bit. Now fully installed I have a pretty nice computer to play with in my living room, while keeping all my sketchy porn on my other computer.
Open mics this week were less than fulfilling as I was only able to glean one tag to the endless saga known as my gym material.
This week I worked with Jeff Burghart and Jason James and had stellar shows all around. I also have started training people in the art of MC skills when I work Hyena’s Dallas on Thursdays. The reason is because when people first start MC work at Hyena’s they are referred to me or another opener on how to be an MC, which is fine, but its usually at an open mic or when I am not working that weekend they ask those things. Being an MC sounds easy but its hard to explain to someone without giving them an example to see.
Sunday was probably my favorite day of the weekend. On Thursday, Paul Varghese did a guest spot and assisted with the awkwardness of Thursday night, during that time he asked me to do a guest spot at the Addison Improv on Sunday. We had a lineup of Jason James, Byron Stamps, Cris Lehman, Myself, Paul Varghese. Jason and Cris each did 20, while me and Byron each had 10. I was especially excited, because Cris is one of my best friends, aside from being a solid feature act. Also with our friendship comes a friendly competition. That’s why he rides with me to open mics, because he knows I am going. He understands every day he isn’t working on his craft, I am. We feed off of that, but since we both get work its a lot easier to handle than when one is getting work and the other isn’t. We take pride in our abilities and have a respect for the other’s abilities as well. We both would love nothing more than to bury the other on stage. When I say bury I mean kill so hard with our material that the other cannot follow, not in a malicious screw the other over kind of set, just your best. We rarely see each other’s set outside of open mics, even then it is just hard to listen to the same set over and over. Which made Sunday’s show such a thrill, because I have to follow Cris after he does 20. His intent was to bury me, and my intent was to follow him. Cris went up and absolutely destroyed, applause break after applause break, Cris delivered. The whole time I just sat and watched, and paced, and listened, it became clear to me that Cris definitely a few steps ahead of me in this game, maybe more, I was unsure. As I watched my emotions would bounce between, sheer excitement, and sheer terror. I was struck with the reality that I may have underestimated Cris, that I may not be able to follow this. He has had headliners struggle after his sets at Hyena’s, what chance do I have? Followed by I am about to dominate this crowd. Cris gets off after his amazing set. I am a whirlwind of emotion and energy. I decide to start fast and not go thru the normal build up process and jump right into gated community. OK response, I feel a tad rushed as I get thru the drive thru portion and take the moment in that act out to relax. I sure as hell wont be able to follow Cris if I don’t rein in the emotion. I get to the mesquite portion and applause and we are off, 10 min of material and I am rolling along. It took a couple of minutes but I dug it out. Which was a big win for me, however now as I wrap up my set I get the stretch signal meaning something is wrong. Now I am having to keep the energy up while rolling out material and not having my 2 big closers. They did the job, and I got out of there in just under 20 minutes. Its a tough road to stretch because you don’t know if there is another light to get you off or do you just do material until you feel like jumping off. Its a little stressing, but I would not succumb.
Things I learned, I am ready to be a feature, but I don’t want to be until I can be a feature on the level of a Cris. I am not far away from that level, but I am not there yet. Cris is absolutely one of the best features I have ever seen. To be able to dig out and follow someone of that caliber is not just a testament my hard work, but also an indicator of how much futher I still have to go. I cant wait to get back to work on all of this at open mics this week.