Sorry, this one gets a little deep into the making of comedy sausage (Thinking a lot about the perception of a situation vs. the reality of a situation, and how being in a moment creates a huge gulf between the two.
Opening for John Witherspoon this weekend was great. The man’s a legend. He’s hilarious, gracious, and full of great stories. The host was a comic I love working with. As I transition to regular feature, this was a nice weekend gig.
The late crowd Saturday was a typical mix of people who were interested in a show, people too drunk to be a show, and people who want nothing but the headline act on stage. So I went out determined to do my best regardless of what happened.
Halfway through my set, some guy in the back decided to start heckling in order to get me to finish my set early. My general rule for this, talk over one heckler. I have a microphone, they’ll eventually get bored and shut up, and he finally did. You can really only see the tables immediately around the stage, so I played to them instead, and they were having a good time.
Afterwards though, I felt like my whole set must have gone terribly wrong. Today, I listened to it, and it went fine. You can hear Drunky McNeedstobebounced in the background, but there’s a lot of laughter. So, at the worst, it was an okay set that needs tightening.
And it’s a good lesson for the rest of life. When you’re going through a thing, it’s hard to consider the moment objectively. Sometimes you need time and a cup of coffee to understand what really happened.
This isn’t a particularly powerful, surprising, or unique observation. But it’s funny how easy it is to forget it.