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.