Had a great show in Seattle last week. Got to see a friend I haven’t seen in awhile. Seattle is fun for me because there are all these nooks and crannies that I haven’t explored and that is exciting. I also go over there and as soon as I hit Seattle proper I get angry as hell. Traffic is lousy. There is always construction or something going on which means as soon as you remember how to get somewhere you have to learn something again…it is a silly complaint, but I always get flustered over there.
Me and my friend (or is it My friend and I…) were talking about comedy and how to get more of it. I will admit to anyone that will listen that I am a procrastinator and as such don’t get as much work as I think I could otherwise. I try not to use any of my ailments as excuses. Sometimes I have a flare up (Lupus not Herpes) and I will get fatigued easy and end up sleeping most of the day. That isn’t an excuse because I can use that time I am awake to send out stuff and try to get more dates. I think what happens with a lot of us is we will use our shortcomings as a crutch for why we haven’t met success. I try not to do that. I want to be exposed for what I am. Lazy. That way you either try to change it or you just accept you are wasting your time.
The past 6 months I have been trying new things as far as comedy goes and it has been working pretty well for me. I have stopped accepting any old gig. I am not swimming in money, but not all shows are created equal. I would rather spend my time promoting a great show then one that was thrown together at the last minute. I would also be valued in my performance. What used to happen is I would go and “headline” a show for 50-60 bucks and what would happen is I would be there with open micers. That does two things. It makes it so I can not charge what I think I am worth later and it makes me look suspect because I am on the tail end of a lot of comics that don’t have the time to be up there. I have stopped just going to every open mic. What happens when you do that is people just go to the open mics and not to your paid shows. It makes you a rarity. It makes people what to see what you are up too. I love comedy, I just know I should not be at everything every week.
I was watching a video of myself and man…I need to lose weight. I looked like a pregnant man. I hate working out, but it just needs to be done. Either that or I need to come up with an excuse for why I am fat…wait.