Just to be clear, I’m not a stand-up comedian. Stand-up is sacred to me, and has been ever since I was in my early teens. I listen to stand-up most days, and I go to sleep every night listening to my favorite comics. Over the years, I’ve memorized albums and specials by Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Robin Williams, to name some of my favorites. These people do the hardest thing there is to do in show business, and I count them among my heroes.
I’m not a stand-up comedian.
But tonight, for five minutes, I got the chance to make people laugh. And it felt incredible.
I’ve included the audio from my set so you can hear it. There’s a player at the top of this post so you can stream the audio, and you can also download an mp3 by clicking on the download link. Whether or not you listen, and no matter what you think of it when you do, know that tonight I did something I’ve always dreamed of doing. And not at an open mic, but on stage with real comics who get paid to go on the road and tell jokes. Silly as it might sound, trying to make a room full of the parents of small-town cheerleaders laugh (part of the crowd was there for a fundraiser) was one of the highlights of my life. Huge thanks to Tom Bruce and the staff at Wisecrackers for making me feel welcome. And thanks to my friend Nancy for going with me.
Be sure to check out comedian Mike Stankiewicz. He was the featured comic on the bill tonight and he was very, very funny.