PHOTOS & AUDIO from my stand-up comedy set at Wisecrackers

298088_144960658936933_292515963_nJust 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.

This is me. I forgot I had my real camera, so this phone shot was the best my friend could capture. Then I remembered by camera and took the other photos in this post.

This is me. I forgot I had my real camera, so this phone shot was the best my friend could capture. Then I remembered my camera and took the other photos in this post.

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.

Featured performer Mike Stankiewicz

Featured performer Mike Stankiewicz

Be sure to check out comedian Mike Stankiewicz. He was the featured comic on the bill tonight and he was very, very funny.

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Tonight headliner, Billy Garan

Tonight’s headliner, Billy Garan

Tonight's MC, Jevin Stone

Tonight’s MC, Jevin Stone

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19 Responses to PHOTOS & AUDIO from my stand-up comedy set at Wisecrackers

  1. You seemed very comfortable. Good job. And I laughed.

  2. Jason Crane says:

    Thanks so much, Bill and Mark!

  3. I’m so proud of you! Congrats!

  4. Anyone sign the clipboard? πŸ˜‰

  5. Gretchen says:

    Great job! Wish I could’ve seen it in person. Hope you stick with it!! xo

  6. Jason Crane says:

    Thanks G&G!

  7. Great work Jason. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jason Crane says:

    Thanks, Hal!

  9. sarah says:

    This seems like a natural progression. πŸ˜‰

  10. Jason Crane says:

    Thanks, I think. πŸ™‚

  11. Jenn W-B says:

    That was lovely! I laughed pretty hard. If it makes you feel any better Derek read the Twilight series when he was 41 years old, and there was no van in a parking lot either. πŸ™‚ That was great!

  12. Deborah says:

    That was great, Jason, bravo!!

  13. Jason Crane says:

    Thanks, Jenn and Deborah!

  14. Jack Mindy says:

    Stand-up comedy? Don’t make me laugh. Hey….I said DON’T make me laugh!

  15. Jason Crane says:

    Don’t worry, Jack. I probably won’t. πŸ™‚

  16. Jim kilcoyne says:

    Nice job Jason. I’ve always wanted to try that but at my age, I guess I’m all I have to laugh about. Or at. Of course remembering the jokes…… What were we talking about??

  17. Jason Crane says:

    Thanks, Jim! I get to do it again on 2/20-21 and 3/20-21. Mom and Dad and Gretchen are coming down for the shows this month.

  18. evan says:

    Hey, what color is your van?

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