Friday, February 24, 2006

I'm Out!

I didn't make the finals of the Carnival Cruise Challenge, but I'm not surprised.

It's not that I think I didn't do well (meaning I performed my material well) but for some reason or another I just felt out of place at that contest and it probably showed. Like I said before, contests have never been good to me, so I expect the worst. That's probably why I received it.

Contests are very difficult anyway. I did 3 minutes in front of the judges and 50 comics with absolutely no laughter and I have to admit that even after all these years of doing comedy it is pretty unsettling. I can't remember ever doing 3 minutes to no laughter. I'm sure that showed through in my performance.

I think the judges could sense my uneasiness and that is (and should be) the reason I didn't make it. Or I could just be a crappy comic. But if that were true I wouldn't be working at all.

It's tough on the ego but all a part of growing as a comic. The good news is that I got a day off and met a couple fellow club owners. I'm not sure how much I should like them as they were the ones where were judging the contest. I saw a couple of good acts that I may get to book in the club some day.

The truth is even though I spent the money and lost the time it was worth it. It's one of the funny things about the comedy business. You do a lot of work for nothing in hopes that some day it will all pay off.

It's actually a great metaphor for life. Sometimes things don't work out the way you would like. But you never know how that effort will be returned to you in the future. All I know is that if you don't put in some effort into your life, you will never have one.

I hope your efforts are paying off for you. I'm sure mine will, if not I'm sure going to be pissed.

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