Re: Open mike experiences
My first time trying an open mic, I could barely speak. I had been doing a two person stand up routine with my friend prior to that, but figured it was time to try going solo. I brought a fake beard with me. I told the audience that I was uncomfortable doing this alone because I usually had a partner, so I invited someone from the audience to stand on stage with me and wear the beard (because my partner has a beard). I fumbled through my jokes, none were funny. I was so nervous I would say the punchline first sometimes. No one laughed, so I would just start punctuating every joke with "...and Paul has a beard on". Luckily Paul had a bunch of drunk friends in the audience who thought that was funny. It was a very defeating experience, and it took me a couple more months before I tried it alone again.
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